An inclusive faith community that seeks, serves and celebrates.

Children

Chidren's Story at Dumbarton
What Is the Right Fit?

Children learn about faith and church through experiencing them. We welcome children in worship and church mission and fellowship. We also provide age-appropriate classes on Sunday mornings. Take a look and find the right spot based on age and interest.

Godly Play

Children age 3 through first grade join teachers in their own special classroom to learn about Bible through storytelling. We use an approach called Godly Play that draws on highly visual storytelling and chances to respond to the story through art.

One-Room Classroom

Second through fifth graders meet at 10:00 at the same time as adult and youth education. This class draws from various curriculum to give this age more structured approach to learning about our faith and its traditions. Teachers complement storytelling with service projects, art and drama and other ways to experience our faith. Often the lessons of this class are coordinated with the activities of Children’s Fellowship. Recent activities include making a meal for the people staying at nearby emergency shelter, making gratitude notebook, and acting out Cross the Jericho.

Confirmation Class

Starting in January we will offer sixth, seventh and eighth graders a confirmation program. Beginning in late January with a retreat and continuing with other activities and the opportunity to learn from an adult mentor, the confirmation class builds on the exploration of Methodism and world religion in the youth Sunday School class.  Students go on two overnight retreats, meet regularly with their mentors and are confirmed at the early June church retreat at West River. Are you interested in learning more about the confirmation class? Contact us at dumbartonpastor@yahoo.com.

Youth Program

Youth seventh to 12th grade are invited to an integrated youth program that includes regular Sunday morning sessions before church in addition to evening and weekend activities led by our youth minister. Some may choose to attend confirmation class instead. Youth attend the worship service along with the adults in all ways including reading, lighting of altar calendars, and offering prayers.  In October, they designed and lad a worship service.

Children's Fellowship

After the Children's Story during worship, children from 3rd to 6th grade often meet downstairs to grow in their friendships with one another. At one session, for example, the children made food for the homeless. Children's Fellowship is held on three Sundays a month, and children remain for the service on other Sundays.

Child Care

Child care is provided during Sunday school and worship for children through age 5. Paid child care providers and an adult volunteer are present from 9:45 to 12:30 every Sunday morning. The indoor space for this age group is located at the back of the social hall. We also have a lovely playground for the children in fair weather.