Christian Education is for Everyone!
 
Christian education is a vital part of our mission to make disciples. It is our goal to have everyone – all ages, engaged in a Sunday school class. Your growth as a disciple is a lifelong process.
 
On Sunday mornings at 10am
we have opportunities for all ages to engage in faith formation.
 

At LHUMC we are growing together into the disciples we are called to be.

FAMILY SUNDAY SCHOOL
 
Children and their grown-ups gather for a fun learning experience. Studies have shown that a child’s faith practice is directly related to the faith practices of their parents.   We could provide the most knowledgeable and creative teachers and your children could love every minute of Sunday school, but they are more influence by YOU than they are us.  So, we invite children and their grown-ups to engage in faith formation together to build a faith that endures.
 
We begin on the playground* for fellowship and free play and then move into the fellowship hall for fun and engaging lessons.
*when weather allows

A few side notes:

  • We understand that not all families look the same, we use the term loosely. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends, whoever is bringing children to church, is who we want to join us.
  • The current worship schedule is Saturday evenings 4pm outdoors, Sunday mornings at 9am hybrid celebration in the Sanctuary, and 11am traditional celebration in the Sanctuary, and online from home.  You may attend worship at any of these times and still join us for Sunday school on Sunday morning.
  • Masks are required indoors for any one over age two. We will be wearing masks while indoors, it is your choice whether to wear them while on the playground. 
YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL
This class is for middle and high school youth. We are currently seeking a teacher for this class. Youth are invited to join the Family Sunday school class at this time. If you are interested in teaching this class please contact MBWynne@LHUMC.org
 

College Class

This class for high school seniors and college aged young adults meets in room 116. Lessons and discussion are lead by Dan Hiltz.

Young Adult discussion group

Join Mike Orzechowski for an informal faith-based discussion group for young adults, in the Unity Room.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL

The adult Sunday School class meets in room 111. Experienced teacher and retired pastor Claire Fiedler leads this class in discussions of faith, using study books and videos. Contact the office for more information; Office@lhumc.org

 
We are seeking a leader for a second adult Sunday school class. If you are interested in leading a class please contact MBWynne@LHUMC.org
 
 
Our online children’s service has completely different lessons and music from in-person Sunday School. We hope you will still watch the lessons during the week.
 
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The Christian education program is here to help us understand our calling as disciples. A disciple is a follower or a learner. It refers to someone who takes up the ways of someone else. Applied to Jesus, a disciple is someone who learns from him to live like him. Through study of Scripture, we find understanding and ways to apply the teachings of Jesus to our lives.  This understanding and application leads to transformation; which is the goal of a Christian; to become more like Christ. 

In learning about Jesus we see that Jesus is a worshiper, a servant, and a witness.
 
WORSHIPER
Colossians 3:23
Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men.
Matthew 22:37-39
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
 
Worship is more than just singing songs, it is how you live each day. It is so easy for children (and adults) to get the mistaken impression that worship is what we do at church when we sing, and not realize worship is what we do everywhere, every day with our whole lives. Prayer and praise are important forms of worship. Prayer builds our relationship with God and strengthens our faith. Praise is showing gratitude to God for his gifts and blessings. We can show praise (gratitude) through prayer, singing, our actions, deeds and serving others.
 
SERVANT
1 Peter 4:10
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.
 
Our church has so many outreaches, it is easy to get involved.  The mission outreaches of our church to offer adults and children opportunities to serve. Find where you will connect LHUMC.org/serve
 
WITNESS
Matthew 28:18-20 The Great Commission
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

We are all called to tell others about Jesus. Invite friends to church or to join you at a fellowship event. Allow your child to have friend over on Saturday night, and you reach out to the parents by inviting them to join you at church. This is an easy way for families to reach out to other families together.
 
 
Our children learn by our example;
how are you practicing discipleship?
We are here to help you grow your
child into a true disciple of Jesus.
We look forward to building a relationship
with you and your children.
Our Statement of Covenant
As a Christian community of faith committed to ministry to and with children, we pledge to conduct all our activities and ministries in such a way that assures the safety and spiritual growth of all children and youth entrusted to us. We will follow reasonable safety measures in the selection and recruitment of workers and we will be responsible in overseeing our programs and events and in training our staff, so that they are able and equipped to minister to children in Jesus’ name. We will report and respond to all suspected incidents of abuse as is required by state law and our moral conscience and we will be prepared to minister to the families of both the abused and the perpetrator or be prepared to make referrals if it exceeds our in-house expertise.
 
Policy for the protection of Children
  • Two Adult Rule: there will be two adults in each classroom. If this is not possible, there will be a roaming adult who moves amid the classrooms/areas during the program period.
  • Each room will have an unobstructed window or the door will be left open at all times.
  • Teachers and volunteers will receive training yearly on policy for the protection of children and how to recognize signs of abuse. Anyone who has not completed training will not be allowed to work with children or youth.
  • Volunteers and staff will complete a participation covenant statement and application and may be subject to a criminal background check.

Worship, more than anything, should be done together as a family. We want children to worship alongside their parents.

Through the years we’ve seen children we’ve served, who had once been on fire for God and in love with His presence, slowly drift away from church and the Lord. We, along with many other churches around the world, have seen that the model of children’s ministry in the church, where children are separate from their parents, was not working! Children graduate out of Sunday school and feel like there is nothing left for them at church. Something had to change, because the “fig tree” of children’s ministry just had so little fruit. We’ve recognized that it is time to plant a new seed.  Our new Sunday morning worship schedule is designed to create lifelong worshipers and followers of Jesus.  Faith is caught more than it is taught. Having children worship alongside their parents and other believers in worship will create in them a rounded faith based not only on education but also worship and unity as the Body of Christ.  Children learn by doing, and children learn to worship by worshiping.

We know (and expect) that children are going to have trouble sitting still and being quiet. That’s okay! We want children in worship! Worshiping God is a joyous privilege that is not to be reserved for adults. God loves children and so do we – wiggles and all.

Director of Christian Education – Mary Beth Wynne -MBWynne@LHUMC.org