Children, Youth & Family
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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.
This summer since we have a smaller group of 5th grade students they will be invited to join our other middle school students for middle school mission weekend. Please watch for more information this spring from our Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries Patrick Tenny.
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 26th and 27th. 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.
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. If you have questions please contact our Acolyte Coordinator Jenny Elske at email@example.com
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 from 9-11:30am each morning.
Scholarships are available for VBS.
Summer Children’s Church
Summer Children’s Church is offered during both summer weekend worship services for children age 3-1st grade. We DO NOT have children’s church the first weekend of the month so that families can worship together and have communion.
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.
Children's Christmas Program
Every year our preschool through 5th grades have the opportunity to participate in our Children’s Christmas Program. Much like a play, students learn the story of Jesus’ birth through storytelling, drama, set building, and music.
This year our Children’s Christmas Program will be presented during 10:45am worship on Sunday, December 9th, 2018. Children will be learning the music during church school and Wednesday night LOGOS.
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 the church office.
Senior High Youth
Our Senior High Youth group meets on Sunday nights. Our Senior High Youth Group is a time for them to gather together to have real world discussions, team building exercises and recreation. It is mostly a time for our High School kids to hang out in Christian Community and learn how to live the kind of life that Christ wants us to.
Also, our Senior High Youth have various upcoming youth events. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for more events this year!
Middle School Youth
Their are several opportunities to plug in to our Middle School Youth group.
Join us on Sunday Mornings at 9:45-10:45 for our Middle School Sunday School
Also, here at Sun Prairie United Methodist we are proud to offer our Middle School LOGOS program. Please see our LOGOS page for more information on Middle School LOGOS.
There are also Middle School Youth Events that you should keep an eye out for.
Youth Mission Trip
Brooklyn, New York Mission Trip with Youthworks
July 28th-August 2nd
We are so thrilled and eager for next summers mission trip to Brooklyn, New York.
Please check out more information below!!!
In Brooklyn, your group will minister by assisting local children’s organizations and serving at elderly centers, soup kitchens and more. You’ll serve at Kids Club, bust a move on the dance floor at senior centers, or share a meal at a big community block party. You’ll discover the beautiful communities that exist within each city block and why Brooklynites are so proud of their borough. In the evenings, ride the subway to the Brooklyn Bridge and take in the skyline of Manhattan, or visit Coney Island and see the Cyclone, enjoy a hot dog or just watch the Atlantic Ocean. YouthWorks has partnered with this community since 2003.
Serving in Brooklyn
- Plan and lead children’s programming, including Bible lessons, games, crafts and reading activities.
- Partner with local organizations to meet ongoing needs in the community.
Students will have the opportunity to participate with each of the service sites during the week.
If you plan on attending a youth group outing, please fill out this permission slip and bring it to the activity. We cannot let you go unless you have a permission slip. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Autumn Hartman, Director of Youth Ministries.
Overnight Trip Permission Slip: Overnight Permission Slip
Permission Slip: basic-permission-slip
SPUMC Youth raise money primarily to help offset the costs of our bi-annual Mission Experiences and LOGOS Youth Summits.
Why? Youth trips, like anything, are costly!
How? We don’t want anyone to miss out on a trip, because they can’t pay. We provide a wide variety of fundraising opportunities throughout the year for two reasons:
- To give our youth a means to offset the cost of their trip and,
- For members of our congregation (and others) to have a way to support our youth.
Littles and Grands Playgroup: Is there a grandma or grandpa helping to care for your little ones while you work? If so, would you ask if they would be interested in joining others for playtime and conversation? Sarah Johnsen is a retired United Methodist pastor who is caring for her two year old twin granddaughters three days a week. She would love to connect with others who are experiencing the joy of helping to raise their grandchildren. The group would meet at the church in the Nursery the first and third Monday of the month at 9:30 starting in December 2018.
United Methodist Summer Camp 2019: The 2019 Summer Camp guide is available online for families as they plan out their summers. Please visit the link below. If you have questions please contact church staff. http://www.wiumcamps.org/
Park Days 2019: Families and children of all ages are invited to join us for Park Days. We will have crafts and games at the following locations during the listed times. We do encourage parents or caregivers to stay. However, this is a great event for kids to bring their summer sitters too. If you have questions or would like to help please contact Director of Christian Education Amanda Hinthorn. Check our events page for dates and locations.
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.
This year you have the opportunity to fill out your form online or via a paper application. Please note the deadline is Wednesday, April 3, 2019. Please download the checklist to ensure that you have all the required parts of your application submitted. The Scholarship Committee will not accept an application without all the required parts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Elsie Czehno & Penny DeMott Daughters Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to female high school senior or college freshman pursuing elementary education or medical-related field.
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.
Dr. Joseph Syty Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is given by the family of Dr. Joseph Syty and is written to assist members of this church with a preference to non-traditional students. Non-traditional students are those who are perusing degrees through online universities, adults returning to college or first time degree seekers, etc.
Tom and Carol Fisher Scholarship
This scholarship was established by the Fishers to aid continuing education SPUMC students who are attending a UW campus and majoring in either education or business.
The Rev. Stan Strosahl Family Graduate And Seminary Scholarship
Rev. Stan Strosahl, a long time member of our church established the Strosahl Graduate studies scholarship which has been combined with the Seminary Scholarship fund to help graduate students pursue higher education or seminary studies. Members must be in good standing and also be enrolled in a certified graduate school program or seminary.
Mission Encouraging Scholarship
This scholarship is to be awarded to someone who has been involved in mission work through our church or through some other non-profit organization for the betterment of this earth. The scholarship is funded by the Yummy-Tummy business and is to be awarded first to someone who has carried out the mission work past high school. If no applicant fits this criteria, a Senior who has gone on mission trips may be awarded this scholarship.
For more information about these scholarships please contact Mrs.Terry Twedell, Scholarship Chairperson or Rev. Jenny Arneson.
College Caring Cards is a fun little ministry where we send out gift cards to our college students during exam time to let them know that we are thinking of them and praying for them.
Please fill out this registration form so we can send your College Student a little treat to help through their final exams.
Registration forms are due by April 30th.