Children's Ministry

Children’s Ministry

Our mission is to create an environment where children thrive in learning “the good news of Jesus Christ with open minds and loving hearts.” We help build a foundation for faith development through a variety of programs for families and children to engage learning and living in Christ.

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Programs

 

Sunday Programs for Children

Worship Services • All ages | 9:00am and 11:00am

Preschool Childcare and Sunday SchoolCribs–Fours | 8:45am–12:15pm
Preschool childcare is offered every Sunday from 8:45am to 12:15pm with music time and bible lessons during the ten o’clock hour. 

Discovery • Kindergarten-Grade 5 | Drop-off at 9:45am

 
Discovery is a Sunday School program for children in Kindergarten through Grade 5. We begin in August of each year and conclude in May. On Sundays, your child will start off the morning in a fun and interactive large group and then, move to smaller groups with more specialized, age-appropriate learning opportunities. How do we take our Children from knowing about God to knowing God? Discovery's curriculum, Dig in: Epic Teachings of the Bible, and our committed teachers will engage them and provide creative, multisensory learning that immerses them in deep Bible teaching, helping them to know Jesus personally and grow in relationship with him. Together, they will 'dig in' to understanding Biblical concepts to guide them in their daily lives.

Milestones & Moments

Baby/Child and Parent Dedications
All ages
 Dedications are a symbolic way for parents to affirm their call to raise children with an understanding that they are loved by God and can share Christ’s love with all. During our 11:00am worship, the people of our faith community covenant with your family to love, pray and support you and your children. Dedications are held monthly with the exceptions of July, October and during Lent.

Welcome to Worship
Ages 4–Kindergarten

Welcome to Worship occurs in the spring on Sundays during the 10:00am and 11:00am hour. This is an engaging opportunity for children to visit the sanctuary, meet the ministers, hear from our musicians, learn about why we worship and how to participate. Children then process these experiences through play and conversation each week. At the start of the new school year, entering first graders participate in a special Welcome to Worship program during our 11:00 am Worship service—officially welcoming them into worship and each child receiving a Chalice pin as a symbol of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Third Grade Bible Class
Grade 3 | Sundays 10:00am
A six week series on How to Use My Bible culminating with the presentation of a Bible to each child as a gift from University Christian Church.

Disciples Class
Grade 6 and up
A 10 to 12 week class offered by UCC Youth Ministry to provide the framework for children to begin to make faith decisions in their own way, such as, joining the church followed by baptism or confirmation.

Just Say Know Ministry
Grades 4–12
A workshop style, comprehensive, faith-based sexuality and relationship education program. Each age level has a developmentally appropriate curriculum in which parents and children (for elementary and middle school) attend together. Registration is required.

Acolytes
Grades 4–6 
Acolytes are the helpers of the church. They carry in the light of Christ before worship and carry Christ’s light out after worship. Acolyte training occurs in August or September each year.

Camps & Activities

Parent’s Night Out
Parents Night Out is a program provided to give parent’s an opportunity to go on a date, see friends, have alone time or however else they would like to utilize this time.  Learn more here.

Summer Fun  
Summer Fun is a summer program designed to provide fun, engaging interaction for children ages 2 months through kindergarten (and some early elementary ages depending on interest). Summer Fun happens in two sessions and runs 9 am to 12 pm, Monday-Thursday for two weeks (8 days during a session). Registration cost includes a t-shirt. Learn more here

Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School is for children ages 2 through grade 3.  Volunteers needed!

Music Maker’s Camp  
Music Maker's Camp is a fine arts focused opportunity for children to create through music, dance, and drama. Music Maker's Camp occurs on the afternoons of VBS. Registration required.

Children's Camps
University Christian Church provides a camping experience for every child at every age. From 100 year olds to infants, there is a camp for you! Family Camp for all ages with at least one person under age 18, Grand Camp for a grandparent and young child, Discovery Camp for a parent and their first or second grader, JYF is a week-long camp for 3rd-5th graders. Youth have a full camping program as well. Discover Disciples Crossing in Athens, TX and explore your faith and engage your connection with God. Learn more here!

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