Arise Logo First WordHere at First United Methodist, we believe that teaching kids to love and be loved is important. We think that the Bible should never be boring and we can have loads of fun while learning!  We want kids to see how God’s Word fits into their everyday lives, learn to talk with Him, and build encouraging friendships that will last. This year, we plan on doing just that through our Sunday School, Wednesday ministries, and special events and programs. 

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SUNDAY SCHOOL 9:50 AM -10:50 AM     

(2yrs - 4yrs) Children love to explore! In our preschool classes, we teach about who God is, how much He loves your child(ren), and about the wonderful things He has made using Cokesbury’s Grow curriculum. Children will hear a Bible story and learn to apply and live out the message in concrete and age-appropriate ways. Classes are held in the Children’s Building, Building 1.

(Kindergarten-5th Grade) Through the teaching of Orange’s 252 BASICS curriculum and resources, your child(ren) will be invited to discover vibrant truths of Jesus, be exposed to what having a relationship with God is all about, and be taught how to live out faith in the God who created them. Children should be dropped off and picked up in their age-divided, small group classrooms in the Children’s Building, Building 1.

Junior Church (4yrs - 2nd Grade) is held during the 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM services. Children are dismissed by announcement from the service and led to the Sapp Worship Center, Building 2, for a snack and a fun, energetic time of worship and learning. They will be taught about people of the Bible and how the God of the Bible wants to be involved in their lives today just as He was in theirs long ago.

the GAP Afterschool Program (1st – 5th Grade) meets September – May from 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM.

Children are transported from school to the church, fed a snack, work on homework, participate in group
activities, and learn about worship in song through choir practice. Children must be registered to participate in this program, a $100 fee is charged for the school year to cover transportation and snack expenses.


12:2 Crew (Kindergarten – 5th Grade) With the name based on Romans 12:1-2, children meet together in the Sapp Worship Center, Building 2, from 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM following Wednesday Night Supper. Through multimedia, games, teaching, and prayer, children come to know who God is, what His Word says, and how to use their Bibles.

Angel Choir (3, 4, & 5 year olds) Wednesday nights in the Children's Building, Building 1, Room 110, 6:30 - 7:30 PM. For questions or more details, please contact Betsy Paschal (869-2660) or Allison Vandenbergh (894-1789).


SeaWorld Orlando Sleepover (Grades 3-5)                Complete Health Form HERE 

PLEASE NOTE: At this time, all available spots for this trip have been filled. Complete the Health Form for your child to be added to our waitlist. 

Dates: February 23-24, 2018                    Cost: $180 per student                  

The SeaWorld Sleepover in Orlando, FL is an exciting experience of exploration, discovery, wonder, and education. On Friday, we will depart at 11AM to head to Orlando. When we arrive, we will tour behind the scenes and sleep in one of the park's exhibits. On Saturday, we will enjoy the thrill rides and amusement SeaWorld has to offer, returning to Albany in the evening around 10PM. 


Cub Scout Pack 64 Have fun, make friends, see new things.  For over 80 years, Scouts have been having the time of their lives making new friends and learning new things in an environment designed to help them succeed.  First United Methodist Church proudly supports and sponsors Pack 64 under the leadership of Cub Master Ben Anderson.  For more information on the scouting program contact Jim Fill at [email protected] or find us on Facebook.

Check out our church calendar for Annual Events and Programs. Want to know more? Contact Allison Vandenbergh, Director of Children’s Ministries, by phone 229-432-7407 or email [email protected].

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