Cressey Road United Methodist Church
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Making Disciples for Jesus Christ

Youth Ministries

Children are very special at the Cressey Road United Methodist Church. They are truly the future of our world and the future of our Church Family. Many of today's church leaders were originally the children of past members, and they continue to help in our growth and dedication to God. We welcome children and youth to our church, and help them become disciples of Jesus Christ while strengthening them in their own Christian education and well-being.
 
 
 
Children's Nursery
 
To make sure that every parent can attend services, we offer a nursery with paid-staff who are trained to look after the littlest ones. From 9AM till noon on Sundays during the school year, and during the 9:300 service in the summer, your infant or toddler will be safe and secure while you participate in the morning services.
 

 
 
Sunday School
 
During the 10:30AM service, we offer age-specific Sunday School Classes (typically pre-school, grades K-3, middle school, and high school). Children begin worship with their parents, including the children's service moment, and then are dismissed as a group. Parents are welcome to walk to class with their child -- and even to sit in if they'd like!
 
Classrooms are located at the opposite end away from the sanctuary, down the hallway to the left of the Fellowship Hall entrance. You can sign in and leave your child with one of our trained volunteers, and can pick them up (again, signing them out) at his or her Sunday School room after the end of the service, around 11:30AM.
 
To enroll your child in Sunday School, simply fill out an enrollment form, available at the Welcome Center or via email. NOTE: During the summer, children gatehr together as a group for Junior Church during the 9:30AM Sunday Service.
 
 

 
 
Vacation Bible School (VBS)
 
One of our largest and most popular outreach ministries, VBS transforms the entire church into an exciting place for kids to learn about God! With as many as 200 children from our community participating weekday mornings during the last week of June, there are dozens of volunteer opportunities for teens and adults, ranging from leading kids and preparing snacks for the actual event, to planning and preparing the activities and building props in the months before. Each year, dozens of past volunteers return for this amazing week of fun and learning.
 
 
VBS Ministries
 
As part of each VBS year, the children are involved in a ministry that teaches them the true meaning of giving and sharing. One year it might be filling boxes for the Shoe Box Ministry, perhaps gathering soccer balls to send to children in poor countries, or helping to provide clean water in parts of the world where it's hard to find. All of these activities are done through the children in attendance and their families.
 
 
 

 
 
 
Youth Acolytes
 
Acolytes (youth grade 3 and above) bring the light of Christ into the church every Sunday worship service and light the altar candles. At the end of the service, they are responsible for bringing the light of Christ into the world on behalf of the congregation. Training is provided. This a great way for older children to be involved in the worship service and experience volunteering within the church family.
 
 

 
 
Children's Christmas Pageant
 
Once a staple of almost every school in America, the Christmas Pageant gets children of all ages involved in the telling about the true meaning of Christmas. Of course, it's not always the story we expect. using drama and music, the children perform for their families and friends in a usually light-hearted way that still reminds us of the joy, love, and giving of the advent season.
 
For more information contact Lori McCarty at 207-839-8093 or at tmccart2@maine.rr.com
 

 
 
Children's Choir
 
 
 

 
 Backpack Blessing
 
 Each year before school starts, children are encouraged to bring in their backpacks to the Sunday service. There, the pastor and the congregation offer a blessing upon the backpacks and the children for an exciting, enjoyable, and beneficial school year