Northeast UMC Believes
🌸 Children deserve a space to flourish. We collaborate with parents to create a space where kids and youth can be safe, connected, and engaged. We lament that other churches use high-pressure, emotionally intense ‘spiritual’ experiences to manipulate children into ‘faith.’ Instead, we strive to create a supportive environment where children can ask questions and know that their belovedness is never up for question.
✨ God speaks through the lives of children and youth. Our children and youth ministry isn’t an afterthought that distracts from “real” worship. The whole community benefits when children and youth have a chance to be who God made them to be.
Because of these values, we do not offer “high-production” youth group experiences; rather, we want our children to be a part of our intergenerational community. So:
- We make art and have conversations about the theme of the day.
- We play with toys and put on skits in worship.
- We share (consensual!) hugs with community aunties, uncle, and mentors.
Faith formation isn’t a “one size fits all” experience, and we welcome the unique gifts of all children and youth while we strive to create a place where every member feels accepted, safe, and able to express all of their creativity and curiosity.
Every Sunday, children’s activities will be led and supervised by our Ellen, Director of Children and Youth Ministries, who has been background checked and trained in abuse prevention best practices. All children’s volunteers are also checked and trained before assisting in children’s and youth activities.
Email Ellen (she/her) at EllenM<at>northeastumc <dot> com