At Castleton, we consider preschoolers to be children who were 3 years old before September 1st of the current school year and who have not yet started kindergarten. Our Sunday programming for preschoolers changes during the three service times:
9:00am – Preschoolers go to worship with their families. You may pick up a Pew Pal bag of things to do on your way in. Children will be called forward for the Children’s Sermon, and may go to Kids’ Church for fun activities afterward. Pick up is in room 179.
10:00am – Preschool class takes place in room 190 in the Education wing. Check in is in the Family Life Center lobby (also known as the CUMNS Welcome Center), then an adult can escort their preschooler to room 190.
11:00am – Preschoolers go to worship with their families. You may pick up a Pew Pal bag of things to do on your way in. Children will be called forward for the Children’s Sermon, and may go to Kids’ Church for fun activities afterward. Pick up is in the Family Life Center.
During the 10:00 hour, we use the First Look curriculum by Orange. Our mission is to help preschoolers grow as disciples, so we want them to know three basic truths before they go to kindergarten:
1. God made me
2. God loves me
3. Jesus wants to be my friend forever
These three basic truths are reinforced through an age-appopriate, participatory Bible story, and a variety of hands on games, learning experiences, and art projects. Preschool students work on a memory verse with hand motions every month that supports the monthly theme and also reinforces one or more of the basic truths.
One way Castleton Kids and Preschool Sundays is successful is through the help of many volunteers. Please consider if your family can volunteer one or more hours a month by clicking here to see volunteer opportunities.
Castleton Kids shares updates and information with families through a weekly email newsletter and on its Facebook page.
If you ever have any questions, concerns or suggestion regarding Preschool Sundays at Castleton, please contact Katie Gilbert, Director of Children’s Ministry.
Castleton UMC also has a weekday preschool ministry, CUMNS Kids. Click here for more information about CUMNS.