Children, Youth & Family
Children’s ministry is diverse and active – listed below are the many ways your child can be involved in the life of the SPUMC community.
Church School runs Sept. through May on both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday church school starts at 5:15 pm following the children’s time in worship. Sunday church school starts at 9:45 am. Children must register for church school so that teachers can be prepared for the right amount of students and to follow Safe Sanctuary guidelines
5th Grade Mission Experience
Each Summer we will offer a day long mission experience for current 5th Grade students. This mission opportunity is designed to serve as a first step into mission work. The day long experience includes some faith exploration along with a service component. It generally takes place in the Sun Prairie area.
Children’s Church is held on Sunday mornings during both worship services Sept. through May. In Children’s Church, kids aged 3 years – 1st grade meet in our new classroom addition following the children’s sermon. We read a story, do a craft, play games, and learn about God’s love. Parents can sign up to help with children’s church outside the new classroom addition.
During the season of Advent students who participate in our children’s church ministry will be taking part in a children’s version of our church wide Advent study.
Please note: We do not offer children’s church the first Sunday of the month. This weekend is set aside for families to worship together and to participate in the sacrament of Holy Communion as a family.
Summer Children’s Church
Summer Children’s Church will begin the weekend of May 27th and 28th. We will continue to have family worship the first weekend of the month when there is communion. Therefore, only our church nursery will be open those weekends. Summer children’s church is offered at all three of our worship services for children who are age 3 through just finishing 1st grade.
This summer we will once again spend time outside in our children’s garden. Please dress your children for outside play and learning each weekend.
Youth in 3rd-7th grade are invited to be part of our Acolyte Ministry at Sun Prairie United Methodist Church. Youth are responsible for carrying the light of Christ into and out of our worship space. Families can sign up for acolytes online by clicking here. If you have questions please contact our Acolyte Coordinator Jenny Elske at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sometimes adults need to worship without their littlest ones. We understand.
Our nursery is open 10 minutes before each of our three worship services, with care offered for children from birth to age 2. Families sign children in and receive a pager to take back to worship with them. We contact parents and family members if we need them to return. Our nursery staff is CPR, First Aid, and Safe Sanctuaries trained. If you will be leaving your child(ren) in the nursery during worship we ask that you complete the Worship Nursery Registration. These are kept on file in our nursery area..
Vacation Bible School
Kids entering 4K through 5th Grade next fall join us for VBS in August 7-11, 2017 from 9-11:30am each morning.
Our theme this summer will be Maker Fun Factory.
Registration information will be available later this spring. Scholarships are available for VBS.
Much like the story Flat Stanley, this summer families in our congregation will have a chance to spend time with one of our three Flat Jesus. We are asking families to let us know if they are interested in participating one week in the summer months by signing up here. Families will then get a schedule with a week. When your family has a turn with Flat Jesus we want you to send us pictures of where you take Jesus.
Camp in Community
This summer our church, along with other churches in our circuit, will host Camp in Community. This is a partnership with Wisconsin United Methodist Camping. Please check back here for more information about this ministry later this spring.
5th Grade Summer Mission Experience
Students who are completing 5th grade will be invited to participate in a day long mission experience each summer. The experience is designed to lay a basic foundation for mission including; theology, faith formation, service, and fundraising.
This summer our 5th Grade Mission Experience will take place on Saturday, June 10th. Please check the events section of our website for more information about this ministry.
Our Youth Ministry involves the middle and high school students of our church and their friends. Our goal is to build relationships as well as provide a safe place to encourage a faith journey with Christ.
There are many different activities inside and outside the church including: Sunday School (for middle school and high school), small group Bible Study, summer Mission experience (Senior High), LOGOS and LOGOS experience, Confirmation, movie nights (at the church and the theater), Lock-ins, and a lot more!
For information please contact Director of Youth Ministries, Autumn Hartman.
Sun Prairie UMC is blessed with many generous members who care about young people and their education. Below you will find descriptions of all of the scholarships we have available and who can apply for each.
All scholarship recipients will turn into the church office a receipt for expenditures once in the first semester and once in the second semester to receive their scholarship monies. At the end of the school year if the office has not received a receipt the remaining scholarship monies will be voided.
The following forms can be found here for your use when participating in our scholarship process:
Elsie Czehno Memorial Daughter Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to female high school senior or college freshman pursuing elementary education or medical-related field.
Thompson Memorial Scholarship
A graduating Senior may only apply for this scholarship if he/she is planning on attending a college in the University of Wisconsin four year degree granting campuses. To be eligible for this scholarship, a student must have been an active member of the Sun Prairie church for a minimum of one year. They must display an active participation in community and high school activities.
Sun Prairie United Methodist Memorial Scholarship
A recipient of this scholarship may use it for attendance at any institution of high learning, including vocational/technical schools, private or state colleges and universities, and not limited to Wisconsin institutions. Students who are active members of our church and are graduating Seniors may apply for this scholarship. This scholarship has been funded by local gifts and memorials.
Alden Britton Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship established by the Alden Britton Trust was instituted in 1998. Members of the United Methodist Church may apply for this scholarship. It may be used for attendance at any college or university for use in an undergraduate or graduate program. An applicant must show church and community activities that demonstrate strong Christian character. This scholarship may be granted to an individual only one time.
Waymire Memorial Scholarship
The Waymire Scholarship established in 2000, is given to a member of our church to be used for attendance at any institution of higher learning. Recipients may re-apply for this scholarship to continue their undergraduate or technical degree for a total of four years. An applicant must demonstrate Christian activities in both the community and church.
Whitney Paige Carlson Memorial Scholarship
This Scholarship will be awarded to a person interested in continuing his/her higher education toward educating children or study in the field of veterinary science.
Doug and Claudia Ayers Scholarship
This scholarship is for members of our church who are taking classes at a community college, technical/vocational school or short-term career training college.
Carolan Family Scholarship
This scholarship will be awarded to a graduate from Sun Prairie who has shown leadership in both community and church activities.
Dorothy Phillips Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship will be awarded to a SPUMC member pursuing horticulture or culinary arts careers.
Frank Brown Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is given to a senior intending to major in education.
For more information about these scholarships please contact Mrs.Terry Twedell, Scholarship Chairperson or Rev. Jenny Arneson.
Safe Sanctuaries is our guideline to keep all vulnerable people safe. For more information on our policies, please click the button on the right.
Adventure is around the corner!
This summer we will be headed to Marvell, AR with YouthWorks! We will be working in Kids Club (which consists of crafts, games, Bible stories, etc), housing restoration (ie weeding, painting, cleaning, etc), and other activities as planned by YouthWorks.