Here at Phelps Chapel United Methodist Church, we are dedicated to helping children discover the love of Jesus and helping them grow in their faith.
During our regular 9:00am church service, our teachers conduct Sunday school for toddlers to preteens. In these classes, students can learn more about God and grow in faith. All levels can enjoy a Bible story, activities, crafts, snakes, games, and more on Sundays.
We provide four Sunday school levels: Pre-Elementary (ages 2-Kindergarten), Young Elementary (grades 1-3), Older Elementary (grades 4-5), and Middle School (grades 6-8).
The first three levels of our Sunday school use Cokesbury’s “Deep Blue” curriculum https://www.cokesbury.com/DeepBlueKids while our middle school group is in a Bible study format where students start to learn how to apply and defend their faith beyond Sunday mornings.
Pre-Elementary (Ages 2-Kindergarten)
Our youngest class is intended for children who are two years old to Kindergarten age. We do not have a nursery at our church for babies, but children under two may be taken back to the pre-elementary area as long as a parent stays with them. Children in our pre-elementary class begin with a short Bible story for their age group along with a fun craft activity. After the activities are done, the pre-elementary area is filled with toys that the children are able to play with together with the teachers.
Young Elementary (Grades 1-3)
Our young elementary class is intended for children who have begun first grade to third grade. Children in this class have Bible stories that they can act out or read and begin to have activities that apply the lessons to their own lives. They also have fun crafts and games that they can play together.
Older Elementary (Grades 4-5)
Our older elementary class is intended for children who are in fourth and fifth grades. Children in this class use their Bibles to read the lesson verses alongside the written lesson. Through the activities they have they learn to not only apply the lesson to their own lives, but also how the lesson is important throughout the world. They also enjoy activities and games that help to reinforce the lesson.
Middle School (Grades 6-8)
Our middle school class is intended for children who are in sixth through eighth grade. At this level, student lessons are geared to helping children grow in their faith and begin to learn ways to defend that faith in their lives. The lessons are in a Bible study format where students read through the verses and look at what the Bible truly says about the topics they learn about. They also enjoy activities to help reinforce the lessons and other exciting activities like craft projects, snacks, and games.
Youth Group (Grades 9-12)
Outside of our Sunday school classes, we also have trips and events that the children are able to take part in. We have taken children to see local nativity scenes, bowling, and other fun activities. We also invite our children to take part in church events and mission projects to help them grow in their faith surrounded by the church community.
September 20, 2020:
Phelps Chapel treasures the youth who belong to their congregation or attend their children’s programs! During the Sunday morning service, after the Children’s Message given by Pastor Larry, children are dismissed to four levels of Sunday School. All the teachers, and many members of the congregation, are Safe Sanctuaries certified, or screened and trained to protect the children and vulnerable adults at church programs. Sunday School papers are sent to children who have been in class on the weeks they aren’t able to attend, so they continue to receive God’s Word and know the church cares about them. In normal times, children occasionally serve as greeters, take up the collection, or distribute gifts to the congregation. They are integrated into the service as much as possible. They take a major role in the Hanging of the Greens and some other services. Youth are encouraged to help at church festivals and events. When they come of age, youth may take the confirmation class and join the church. Their high school graduation is celebrated by the church.