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1st Kids

But Jesus called the children to him and said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these."   Luke 18:16

Through the teaching of Biblical principles, we help children of all ages develop a closer relationship with Christ.  We partner with parents and caregivers to help children learn and apply Christian values in their daily lives.  Whether it's Sunday School each week, Kid's Own Worship  or Vacation Bible School there are plenty of opportunities for children to grow in Christ.

Ways your child can get involved:

  • Sunday School each week at 9:15 am
  • Kid's Own Worship (during 10:30 worship services)
  • Vacation Bible School
  • Children's Choirs
  • Special events just for kids

To learn more about 1st Kids Ministries contact:

Denise Johns at djohns@1stchurch.org

or call 982-1273 ext. 113

You can also receive text messages about 1stKids activities.

Just text @1stumkids to 81010 to sign up.

(Visit remind.com to learn more about our group texting provider)

*On Sunday mornings and during certain events, several doors to the children's area will be locked. 

Parents will need to bring children to Sunday School and other activities in the children's area

by the Welcome Center for check-in. 

This area can be found just down the hall from the elevator downstairs or at the bottom of the stairwell coming in from the covered drop off area on the upper level. 

1st kids events

Throughout the year there are many special events for children.  Here is a look at some of them.

  • Infant/Toddler Play Dates

    May 21st, June 18th, July 16th

    The children’s ministry is planning exciting events for our youngest members, guests and their families. Over the next three months we are having play dates for our little ones and their families in hopes to let the parents get to know each other, as well as, getting our kiddos outside and having some big fun with other kids their age. 

    All children up to age  4 (and siblings) are welcome.

    Water Fun with food, drinks, crafts and story time. 

    Sunday, May 21st from 3:00 to -5:00 pm

    (remember to bring sunsreen)

    June 18th

    Construction Fun

    July 16th

    Farm/Cowboy day including a petting zoo!

    If you're planning on coming just email Denise Johns at djohns@1stchurch.org .

  • Vacation Bible School

    June 4th - 7th

    Kickoff at 10:30 am on June 4th

    Regular Sessions June 4th - June 7th

    6:00 to 8:00 pm each night

    On Sunday morning, June 4th, the VBS program will be having a special kick off!  The children at Sunday school will be learning about Pentecost (The birthday of the church).  Then after Sunday School everyone is invited to the “Opening” which happens during the 10:30 Contemporary service in Asbury Hall. The 1st UMC Praise Band will be playing VBS music and everyone will hear more from the story of Pentecost.

    The fun continues that night and every night through June 7th, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm All children will be signed in and checked out in the hallway outside of Asbury Hall .

    Check out our VBS page for more on what's happening at VBS, hear some of the music and sign up to volunteer or register your children. 


  • Girls' Day Out

    June 13th, July 11th & July 25th

    The Children’s Ministry Program is excited to announce 3 special days for girls this Summer. All girls in elementary school are invited to attend! These activities will provide the girls a chance to get to know other girls in different grade levels and have fun time bonding time. 

    June 13th, 2:00 to 4:00 pm

    Painting Party  

    The girls will be instructed by a local artist to paint a special picture this afternoon. There is no cost and the girls who attend will meet at the registration desk in the children’s area at 2:00 pm. Parents do not need to attend.  

    July 11th, 1:00 to 4:00 pm

    Pedicures and Pool Party

    Savannah Park Clubhouse

    2018 Old Niles Ferry Road, Maryville.

    The girls will have an opportunity to get their toe nails painted and swim in the pool. Parents do not have to be present but need to know that the pool is private so there is not a life guard.

    July 25th, 2;00 to 4:00 pm

    Mighty Mission Project

    The girls will have an opportunity to assemble table decorations for welcome table, and make blankets for other children at Family promise. Parents do not need to attend.

    Click here to sign up for any or all of these Girls' Day Out activities.

  • Boys' Day Out

    June 21st, July 12th, July 19th

    There are 3 special opportunities for boys to get together this Summer. This will be a great way for the boys to develop relationships with other boys who are not in the same grade.

    June 21st , 2:00 to 4:00 pm

    Mighty Mission Project

    The boys are invited to participate in a special mission project here at the church. All boys need to meet at the registration area in the children’s area. Parents do not need to attend but are welcome to stay and help. 

    July 12th, 2:00 to 4:00  pm

    Sporting Event (TBA)

    July 19th 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

    Farm Trip

    The boys will be going to Pastor Parker Benson’s home in Happy Valley. They will be taking a hike and meeting Parker's animals. More information coming later.

    Click here to sign up for any or all of the Boys' Day Out activities.


  • Packing for the Food Ministry

    Mondays at 11:00 am through July 25th

    The 1st  Kids Ministry program is again partnering with Carpenter’s Campground United Methodist Church and Second Harvest to provide food to children who are at risk of not having enough to eat.  These food packages are delivered directly to the homes of the children. 

    This year, all the adult Sunday School classes have been asked to help by making either cash donations or purchasing fresh fruit for the packages.  

    The home delivery of food begins May 30th and ends on July 25th .  Children can help every Monday at 11:00 am to pack fruit.  

    Sign your children up by clicking here. 


Held in the Children’s area on the lower level, each class is divided by age levels and is staffed with two adults who have been through Safe Sanctuaries training.


3 &4 Year Olds—Room C3

Kindergarten— Room C5

1st & 2nd Grade— Room C7

3rd & 4th Grade—Room C11

5th & 6th Grade - Room C12

Click here for the 5th & 6th Grade class blog

*Kid’s Own Worship is also offered during the 10:30 worship services. It is designed for children ages

3-years-old through 2nd grade. Meets in Room C10.