Children

Sunday School

Preschool Sunday School

We use a fun and interactive curriculum that teaches Bible stories and real-life applications. The children begin each class in their classroom for a Bible lesson and craft, then move to the “big” room where they experience a large group activity related to the lesson.

9:15 a.m.
3 and 4 years old (by September 1st of the current school year)
Room 135

10:30 a.m.
3 and 4 years old (by September 1st of the current school year)
Room 129

Elementary Sunday School

9:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Kindergarten thru 3rd graders rotate classes each week. Sunday school for this age group is a fun and exciting program that follows the Rotational Learning Model. This Sunday school program allows kids to experience the Bible in many different ways. The rotations are:

  • Story Telling (Room 10)
  • Art (Room 11)
  • Cooking (Room 12)
  • Computer (Room 19)
  • Science (Room 17)

Ridge 45

Sundays 10:30 a.m.
Room 10

Wednesdays 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Room 10

Ridge 45 is a specially designed program for 4th and 5th grade students. These kids experience a special time of praise, worship and games that is followed by relevant Bible teachings geared directly toward their age and maturity. Ridge45 also has many extra-curricular activities such as late night parties, concerts, lock-ins, and service projects.

Check In & Out Procedures

Please review our check in and check out procedures.

Check In

The Children’s Welcome/Check in Center is located in the North/South corridor. All children should check in at one of the computers before going to their class. Once checked in, the printer will print a name sticker for your child and a name sticker for you to keep.  After you receive your child’s tag you may take your child to his or her nursery room or classroom.

Check Out

Your child’s safety is important to us and your child will be released to parents and guardians only. You may pick up your child in his or her nursery room or classroom. You must present the sticker you received when checking in at the door before your child can be released. Your child will not be released without proper verification.

Acolytes | Lord’s Prayer Leader | Young Ushers

Providing leadership opportunities for our children is an important part of the LakeRidge UMC children’s department. As we strive to have a multigenerational church service, we provide three ways for our children to get involved:

Acolytes

1st through 5th graders are encouraged to serve in the positions during both the 9:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services in the Sanctuary. We provide the opportunity for two children to serve during each service.

Lord’s Prayer Leader

Kindergarten through 5th graders recite the prayer in the Sanctuary at the 9:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services on the third Sunday of each month. We rotate children throughout the year in this position.

Young Ushers

1st through 5th graders assist the Adult Ushers in passing attendance registrations and collecting the offering in the Sanctuary at both the 9:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services. They are also encouraged to help during Communion if they are ushering on Communion Sunday.

For more information, contact Daniel Meyers, Children’s Administrative Assistant, (806) 794-4015 ext. 539.

Parents’ Night Out

Parents’ Night Out is an opportunity for parents to enjoy some time together while their children play at the church. During PNO, the children will enjoy free play in the gym, crafts, games, snack time, and a movie. Parents’ Night Out is NOT exclusive to church members.

This activity is for children ages 5 months to 5th grade and lasts from 6:30-10:00 p.m.

The cost is $12 per child, or $30 for families of three or more children. Please register and prepay by noon on the Wednesday prior to Parents’ Night Out in the church office.

All children must eat dinner prior to the event.

You may enter through door #5, the atrium, and check in sheets will be outside of the room that your child has been assigned.  For more information, please email Vanessa Irelan, Nursery Director.

Upcoming Dates

  • January 26th – Online Registration
  • February 16th – Registration available the Monday after January Parents’ Night Out.
  • April 13th
  • May 4th

Vertical Praise – Creative Arts Program

Sundays, 10:30 a.m.in Room 25, Kindergartners through 5th graders

Vertical Praise is a creative arts program that allows kids to explore their gifts and talents. Kids will have the opportunity to participate in music, drama, and musicals. Vertical Praise will practice for seasonal performances in church, and outside events. The focus is for kids to learn to use their gifts to serve others.

Special Events

Family Easter Celebration – Families with children, birth to 3rd Grade, are invited to enjoy worship, interactive activities, and an Easter egg hunt. This is typically held the Wednesday before Easter.

Summer Movie Nights – Families gather to watch a family friendly movie, eat hot dogs, and other movie snacks in fellowship together. This is typically held once a month during Summer.

Summer Musical Camp – Children, Kindergarten – 5th Grade, develop a musical based on a Christian theme. The week is concluded with a full performance for family and friends on that Friday evening.

Summer Camp – LakeRidge UMC attends camp at Ceta Canyon Christian Summer Camp.

Blessing of the Backpacks and Promotion Sunday – Worship and prayer is centered around the children and educators as they prepare to begin a new school year. A light breakfast is provided in the Fellowship Hall as we celebrate your child’s promotion to the next grade. No children Sunday School classes will be held on this day as we ask the parents to join the breakfast and tour the classrooms with your children.

Trunk or Treat – LakeRidge UMC fills our parking lot with trunks full of candy for this community wide event. A night filled with music, bounce houses, hot dogs, and fellowship.

Information for these activities will be in the Sunday bulletins, on the website, and in flyers around the church. For more information, please contact DeAnna Ward, Children’s Minister, via email or at 789-9245 ext 529.

Volunteer – Children

We have many opportunities to serve with in the children’s ministry, including the following:

  • Sunday Preschool – ages 3yr and 4yr olds once a month
  • Rotational Sunday School – Kinder-3rd grade once a month
  • Ridge45 – Sunday School for 4th-5th grade once a month
  • Greeter Coordinator
  • Greeters for Children Area
  • Acolyte Coordinator
  • Acolyte Stick Conditioning
  • Special Event Help
  • Sunday School Set Up
  • Organizational Help
  • Vertical Praise

For more information, contact DeAnna Ward, Children’s Minister, by email or at 789-9245 ext 529.