Our Elementary ministry (Grades 1st – 6th) is located in the upstairs educational wing. Access to this area can be found through two stairway entrances; one located to the left of the main sanctuary door in the Commons area and the other is the stairway nearest the fellowship hall. Take a look at the opportunities that await your child! Sunday School begins at 9:45 am on Sunday mornings.
Children’s Sunday School–A new year begins in September!Our children’s Sunday school program is designed to involve and engage children in faith development through age-appropriate activities and lessons. Amazing stories of faith are brought to life as we journey through the Bible together. We are currently using the Spark classroom curriculum.For more information about Spark, check out their website:http://wearesparkhouse.org/kids/spark/classroom
This fall our lessons will concentrate on some wonderful Old Testament stories such as Moses and the Israelites, the Battle of Jericho, Naomi and Ruth, Jonah and the Whale to name a few. In the winter and spring, we will switch to New Testament stories including the Parables and miracles of Jesus’ ministry.Our Sunday classrooms have descriptive flags above the doors, so you can find your child’s class easily. In addition to our regular classrooms, teachers have access to a computer room, movie room, art room, and drama room. Kids can explore Bible stories in new ways using these unique facilities.
Children in Worship–Aldersgate loves to have kids in worship. We have designed several levels of programming to help make this happen. Check it out!
Connect–Wednesday evenings in the Fall/Winter/Spring are for families interested in continuing their spiritual education. We offer several short and long term classes for adults/youth and music/activities for our kids. Follow the link for our most recent listing of classes.
Children’s Music Ministry–Currently, we offer music for our children during the Wednesday Connect activities. Newcomers are always welcome!
Club 56–This is special ministry for our 5th and 6th graders, as we prepare them to move into our youth program. Its activities closely mirror those of the older kids but on a more age-appropriate playing field.
Basketball Program–Teams are available for those who are 6 yrs of age on up through high school. We have boy/girl/coed teams so we are sure to have one just right for you.
Scouts–Aldersgate is host to Cub Scouts, Boy Scout. It’s a great way to get involved.
Vacation Bible School–This July we will be hosting our morning Vacation Bible School program. We can always use more participants….and helpers! Check out that page on the website.For any questions regarding the above areas, please call Ruth Hughes in the church office at (864) 244-1820.
At Aldersgate United Methodist Church, we believe that children are a blessing from God. It is our goal to share God’s love with our children and create a fun and pleasant experience in our nursery and preschool programs for both the children and their parents.We encourage all parents of infants, toddlers and preschoolers and anyone with a heart for children to serve in our nursery. If you are interested in volunteering in our nursery just one Sunday a month, please notify a nursery staff or call the church office.The Nursery Team – comprised of team leaders, paid workers and volunteers – is committed to providing a safe, caring and nurturing Christian environment for your child so that you feel comfortable about your child’s well-being while you attend worship service and other programs here at Aldersgate.We welcome any questions, concerns or suggestions you might have that will help our nursery and preschool ministries continue to grow and be a welcoming place for all church members and visitors. Please contact Johannah Myers or Ruth Hughes at (864) 244-1820.Our Preschool & Nursery Ministry serves children from newborn through K5. Rooms are staffed by paid caregivers and volunteers, all of whom have been trained through our Safe Sanctuary program. Our care is structured as follows:
IN OUR NURSERY/PRESCHOOL MINISTRY, WE STRIVE TO PROVIDE:
Our Nursery/Pre-school ministry is located in the area below the sanctuary. Access to this area can be found through two entrance doors along the Edward’s Road “drop-off” drive or through the door to the left of the main sanctuary door upstairs in the Commons area.It is our mission that every time an opportunity for study, service, or Worship takes place at Aldersgate that we provide child care.Weekly Nursery Schedule:
POLICY FOR THE PROTECTION OF CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND VULNERABLE ADULTS
PURPOSE Our purpose for establishing this Policy for the Protection of Children, Youth, and Vulnerable Adults and accompanying procedures is to demonstrate our total and unwavering commitment to the physical, emotional and spiritual safety of all our children, youth and vulnerable adults (a person 18 years or older who may be unable to take care of him or herself or unable to protect him or herself against significant harm or exploitation).
COVENANT STATEMENTAldersgate United Methodist Church hereby pledges to conduct the ministry of Jesus Christ in ways that ensure the physical and emotional safety and spiritual growth of all of our children and youth as well as all of our workers with children and youth. We will follow reasonable safety measures when selecting and recruiting workers; we will implement appropriate operational procedures in all areas of programming and care; we will train our workers with children and youth on our procedures and policies; and we will have a clearly defined procedure for reporting a suspected incident of abuse consistent with South Carolina state law.