Children are very important at Lovely Lane United Methodist Church.
The Education Committee, the Children’s Council, the pastors, our Christian Educator, Youth Director, and all church staff work hard to provide a variety of fun and engaging opportunities for children and families.
Lovely Lane offers Sunday School opportunities for all ages, with age-appropriate classrooms for pre-schoolers to the oldest adults. Sunday School classes are available Fall through Spring at 9:15 AM, and also at 10:30 after the Time with Children.
Time with the Children
Our worship services include and welcome everyone. Children enjoy a special time with the pastors in each worship service, where a special message is shared. During the regular Sunday School year (Fall through Spring), children are invited to a special 10:45 AM Sunday School time following the Time with Children, so that they don’t have to sit still through the sermon for grown-ups. 😉
Families and children gather on Wednesday evenings during the school year for food, fellowship, and singing. Each Wednesday evening starts off with a home-cooked family meal at 5:30 and Kids Club classes from 6:00-7:15 pm.
Kids Club is a mid-week program offered to children preschool-5th grade as an opportunity to grow in their faith and friendship with others. Children are divided into small groups for stories, crafts, games, and singing. Children will sing once a month at Sunday morning services. (Learn more about Wednesday evening activities.)
Choirs / Musical Presentations
Children’s choirs learn their music during Kids Club and Sunday Morning Sunday School gatherings. These choirs share their musical praise in occasional Sunday Worship Services.
This is a vital and busy ministry that directs the Before and After School Enrichment (B.A.S.E.) program, the Summer Program, and the Lovely Lane and Trinity Lane Preschool programs. Follow those links to learn more about each program.
Vacation Bible School (VBS)
Each summer for 5 evenings, children through 5th grade go on a learning adventure through a variety of crafts, food, singing, and playing styles all centered around an exciting theme to learn more about how much God loves us all! On the Sunday following VBS, the children share what they learned and present their favorite new VBS songs in Sunday morning worship.
Read and Feed
Throughout the year, different age levels are invited to the church to read and share their favorite books with friends, have a snack and do other fun activities.
Stay up late! Eat! Watch a movie! And sleep (hopefully!) in the church ALL NIGHT! This opportunity is offered to different age groups once each year. Watch the newsletter and announcements for more information.
There are many opportunities to attend a United Methodist Camp in Iowa. Lovely Lane usually provides ‘camperships’ each year, available to help kids pay for camp. Learn more about the Iowa United Methodist Camp and Retreat Centers on the Iowa Conference website.