Our Family Ministry partners with parents to help children and students grow as followers of Jesus Christ who transform the community and the world through God’s love.
Children in Worship
All are welcome to join us in worship. Children's worship packets are available in the Sanctuary entry and have crayons, coloring pages, and activity sheets. Children's Church is offered at 10:45 a.m. in the middle of the worship service. Children ages 4 years old to 3rd grade are invited to leave and experience an age appropriate lesson. The Wiggle Room is available for families that may need to take a break during the service. The room is located in the back of the Sanctuary entrance and also shows the service on a TV so no one misses the sermon. Our nursery is staffed with paid caregivers and you can take your child at any time during the worship hour.
About our Church Nursery
Sunday Morning Nursery Hours: 8:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Our church nursery is staffed with trained, caring workers and is available for worship services, meetings, and events. Please remember to bring a labeled diaper bag with the items your child will need while they are in our care. Contact Katy Sabayrac (email@example.com) for details.
Please use these common-sense guidelines when deciding whether to bring your child to the church nursery:
1. A child must be free of fever, vomiting, and diarrhea for 24 hours before entering the church nursery. (Please use your judgment on the cause of vomiting. If your child vomits routinely when upset, then the 24-hour rule would not apply to a crying-induced vomiting spell.)
2. Unless your doctor has just recently diagnosed your child as not contagious, do not send children to the nursery with congestion, runny noses, etc. If your child suffers from allergies (including food) or non-contagious conditions, please let the nursery workers know in advance.
3. Please make sure skin rashes are diagnosed as non-contagious before bringing your child to the nursery.
4. Please remember that anytime children gather together, germs can easily spread. We wash hands and toys often in the nursery. However, we suggest that you wash your child's hands and wipe down toys when picking your child up from the nursery. A little extra care can keep us all healthy!
About Sunday School for Children, Youth & Parents
We want your child and youth to feel at home at WUMC. We have Sunday School options for all ages on Sunday mornings so that everyone can learn about God's love on their level. Our main goal is to facilitate your child's growth and knowledge of God through activities and lessons that keep them engaged and having fun.
*We want everyone to feel included. If your child needs extra attention or has a unique need, contact Katy Sabayrac (firstname.lastname@example.org) so that we can try to meet that need in Sunday School.
We offer Sunday school from nursery age - 12th graders at 9:30 a.m. Our Nursery - 2nd graders utilize Cokesbury’s Deep Blue curriculum for our weekly lessons. Each of our classes learn the same base lesson but in an age appropriate manner. Our 3rd-5th graders use the Submerge curriculum which is designed especially for tweens and addresses some of the real life issues this age group encounters from a biblical perspective. Our youth use various biblical and topical studies that invite teens to learn the essentials of their faith, own their story, and engage the world in serving Jesus.
9:30 AM CLASS LOCATIONS
Infants - 2 yr olds – Room C8 (Church Nursery)
3 & 4 year olds (as of September 1, 2019) – Room C10
Kindergarteners, 1st & 2nd graders – Room C4
3rd, 4th & 5th graders – Room 106 (across from the Cafe)
6th - 12th graders – Youth Lounge (upstairs)
About Sunday School for Parents at Westbury UMC
Sunday School is one way for parents to get connected to the Westbury UMC community and grow in their faith.
Navigators - Families with young children
Many of our parents attend the Navigators Sunday School class during the 9:30 a.m. hour. This class is geared towards families with young children. Through Bible and topical studies, this class encourages one another to grow in their own faith as they strive to pass their faith on to their children.
Pathfinders - Couples and Singles in their 40s, 50s & 60s
The Pathfinders class uses Bible studies and topical studies to grow in their faith in ways that relates to everyday life. This class consists of couples and singles age 40’s to 60’s. They participate in group projects in the community and have regular gatherings outside of class.
About Programs for Children, Youth and Parents
Our Friday night program for 1st - 5th grade children meets on the fourth Friday of every month. This is a chance to dive into the gospel through play, games, crafts, dinner and a movie from 6:00–9:00 p.m. while parents enjoy an evening on their own. The cost is free, but donations are accepted to help cover the cost of the program. Contact Donna and Bob Hutchinson (email@example.com) or Katy Sabayrac (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more details.
Westbury Kids Music & Arts Troupe
All children in grades Kinder through 5th are invited to join our Kids' Troupe. Led by skilled mentors, students receive a first-class introduction to amazing art forms while growing in their faith. The cost is $25 per student ($40 max per family) and includes activities and supplies. We meet on Sundays at 6:00 p.m. in Room C2. Click here for more details and to register.
UMYF (United Methodist Youth Fellowship)
Youth group is a community where young people experience God’s love, strengthen their faith, and become rooted in the values that equip them for life. Weekly gatherings are held on Sunday evenings from 5:00–7:00 p.m. We provide dinner, recreation, and a variety of programs that include outreach, service, games, and group discussions. Contact Katy Sabayrac (email@example.com) for details.
Youth Study Hall
The Westbury UMC/FAM Study Hall program builds supportive relationships between immigrant youth and adult volunteers. Our students often face obstacles without access to resources, adult mentors, and services that make flourishing in the American school system possible. On Thursday nights during the school year, volunteers work with students to complete homework, class projects, and master valuable skills for success at school and beyond. Contact Pastor Hannah (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Katy Sabayrac (email@example.com) for details.
Adoption & Foster Care Support
This group is open to the community and offers a safe space for adoptive and foster parents to network, share, and learn on the first Sunday of each month at 5:00 p.m. Contact Pastor Danny (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
POPS (Parents Offering Parents Support)
We believe in the simple but revolutionary idea that remarkable things happen when parents come together, face to face. That’s why we rally parents to come together on the second Friday of each month from 6:00–8:00 p.m. for dinner and an informal program. Childcare is provided. Contact Katy Sabayrac (email@example.com) for details.