VBS Online: Join the fun on Zoom! Knights of North Castle Vacation Bible School will be July 13th thru July 17th from 9 – 10am. Please download the registration form by clicking here, complete and mail to Baker Church, 307 Cedar Ave, St. Charles, IL 60174 or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please register by July 2nd. We look forward to seeing you near the drawbridge at the castle!
Sunday School worship during Covid-19 season has been moved to Wednesday nights through Zoom meetings. From 6-6:30pm children ages 3-7 meet and children 8-12 meet from 6:30-7pm. Please contact Shelly if you are interested in joining our Zoom room. We are using the curriculum from Deep Blue Rotation Station. Curriculum worksheets, crafts, and busy bags are still available. When you are ready for more, please contact Shelly email@example.com.
Our Sunday School program at Baker is the heart of our Christian Education ministry. Sunday School is available almost every Sunday during the year at 9am for children ages 3-12. During the summer, we have a One Room Sunday School to continue to learn God’s word.
During the 9 am worship service, children are offered age-appropriate ways of learning about God, hearing the stories of the Bible, and growing in faith and love of God and neighbor. The children start in the Sanctuary (about 15 minutes) for worship with their families before the congregation blesses them with a song as they make their way to Sunday School located downstairs. Every week, the children have a curriculum lesson, sing songs, learn a scripture, and pray. The children will learn God’s word from the Bible. At 9:45-10:10am, all children meet in the Chapel to gather as one to grow in their faith with Jesus by singing, praying, and worshiping God. The children have a chance to give an offering to God during Chapel time. Parents are asked to come down to gather and sign out their children from the Chapel by 10:10am. Parents are welcome to enjoy fellowship in Baker Hall after worship during this time. All children involved in Sunday School must be registered. Forms will be located outside the Children’s Center or found on-line and can be turned into the office.
Children ages 3 through 7 will be diving deeper in the Bible through the interactive curriculum of Deep Blue Connects. Each week the children will begin their lesson with music movement videos, short Bible stories from the Adventure DVD, along with worksheets, arts and craft activities. The students will go on an adventure with the Deep Blue Kids each week to learn how they can be Jesus’ disciples. Repetition is an important part of Deep Blue as the children do more than commit the scripture to memory. They know the stories well enough to start asking questions and using them in their lives!
Children ages 8 through 12 will be using the curriculum Bible Story Basics. It provides the children with a faith foundation for reading the Bible, learning God’s word, and nourishing their faith. The children have interactive classes that incorporate activities, crafts, and games.
Baker Kids is our Wednesday Night program designed for Pre-K (potty trained) through 5th grade. Each week the children will be engaging in a relationship with God’s word through scripture, activities, crafts, games, and interactive videos. Baker Kids meet in the Children’s Center most Wednesday’s during the school year from September through May 6-7:30pm.
Sunday School Singers includes Pre-K through 5th grade. Baker Memorial UMC has a long tradition of music, including a rich children’s program. No operatic voice required! This choir performs throughout the year in the beginning of the 9am service, a Children’s Christmas Play, and the Christmas Eve Family Service.
Vacation Bible School is held the 3rd full week of June from 9-11:30am. It is hands down our favorite week that offers fun- and faith-filled learning through song, story, games, and craft.
During the Christmas season, Children & Family Ministries host a Santa Breakfast the first Saturday of December every year.
Middle school students are gathering online using the XP3 curriculum. This provides these older students with a firm foundation in the major Bible stories that shape not only Christianity but the Methodism faith, and helps the youngsters learn what it means to be a disciple of Christ.
High school students are gathering online each week, for a study designed to increase their ability to “think theologically,” that is, to bring together their faith with their experiences in the world. Looking at Scripture, using reason, experience and tradition, the students learn to look for God and make ethical choices.
All Sunday School classes attend three worship services each year.
The Sunday School classes also all contribute to an offering every quarter, helping children live their Christian faith. Past recipients have included Feed My Starving Children, Lazarus House and Soles4Souls.