Children’s Ministries

The Education and Mission Team plans and coordinates the educational opportunities and the mission outreach programs for children through grade six.  Safe Sanctuaries allows our sanctuaries, classrooms, mission encounters, camps, retreats, and all spaces where we gather to worship and serve God to be places of trust. View our Safe Sanctuaries policy Safe Sanctuaries
 

1st-5th Grade-Kids Worship:  via Google Classroom this Fall. See Kick-off Video below:

First United Methodist Church

2020-2021 Sunday School Plan

Children and Youth Ministries

There are many opinions and plans for how the youth and children of our community should reintegrate into “normal” educational routines. Having “normal” Sunday School classes is inconsistent with the documentation provided by Governor DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health’s Ohio Public Health Advisory System. It is only exasperated by the fact that our children and youth attend multiple school districts in and out of Fairfield County. The following plan was created after much discernment, prayer, and research. Ultimately, our main goal is to protect the health and well-being of our children, youth and volunteer leaders.

Ohio Public Health Advisory System Defined

Level 1 Yellow

Public Emergency – Active exposure and spread. Follow all current health orders.

0–1 Indicators Triggered

Level 2 Orange

Public Emergency – Increased exposure and spread. Exercise high degree of caution. Follow all current health orders.

2–3 Indicators Triggered

Level 3 Red

Public Emergency – Very high exposure and spread. Limit activities as much as possible. Follow all current health orders.

4–5 Indicators Triggered

Level 4 Purple

Public Emergency – Severe exposure and spread. Only leave home for supplies and services. Follow all current health orders.

            6–7 Indicators Triggered

To learn more about the Ohio Public Health Advisory System visit: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/static/OPHASM/Summary-Alert-Indicators.pdf

FUMC Sunday School Plans

Fairfield County Level 1 Yellow

  • In person with Restrictions
  • Temperatures will be taken upon entrance to classrooms
  • Facemasks are mandatory for classroom entrance
  • If a family member is ill, we ask that the family refrains from attending
  • On-line lessons will be available for those not comfortable attending in person

Fairfield County Level 2 Orange

Online Classes Only.  No in-person classes or childcare

Fairfield County Level 3 Red

Online Classes Only.  No in-person classes or childcare

Fairfield County Level 4 Purple

Online Classes Only.  No in-person classes or childcare

 

Level 1 Yellow Recommendations for Families

  • We recommend that you take your children’s temperatures before coming to church. Their temperatures will be taken before entering the classroom and all children and youth with temperatures at or above 100 degrees will be asked to return home.
  • If any member of your family feels remotely ill, please consider staying home and utilizing the online resources available to you.
  • Have detailed conversations with your children and youth about proper face mask use and etiquette. Face masks will be required.
  • Have detailed conversations about what social distancing looks like in a classroom setting. Social distancing will be enforced.
  • If you live outside of Fairfield County, please take into account your county’s Level in the Ohio Public Health Advisory System and make a decision that you feel is best for you and your family.
  • At times, siblings will leave church services and spend time with siblings in other Sunday School classrooms. This will not be allowed under the current Public Emergency. Please assist with informing your children that they need to stay with you in the sanctuary or in their designated classroom.