Children & Youth

  Children & Youth  


Children's Sunday School 
Sundays from 10:15-11 a.m.  
Sunday school is an amazing opportunity for children kindergarten through 5th grade to learn about the Bible and God's love for them. Every child has the opportunity to interact with Scripture through hands-on activities and crafts. Children's Sunday School meets after Children’s Time in the 10 am worship service (about 10:15 a.m.) downstairs in the Noah’s Ark Room (in the education wing). For more information, email our Children and Youth Director,
Kelsey Fernandez.  

Sundays from 10:45-11 a.m.
We have an amazing Children's Music Director, Susanna Jacobson! She comes to us with lots of knowledge and experience in directing both children and adults, and is also a section leader in our adult choir. Children's Choir meets every Sunday from 10:45-11 a.m. as part of the Children's Sunday School program. Susanna will get the children from their classroom, and bring them to the Children's Choir classroom (down the hall in the Garden of Eden Room in the education wing).
For more information please contact,
Susanna Jacobson.


The nursery is available Sunday mornings (for 8-week old infants to toddler age) from 9-11 a.m., or anytime upon request. You will love the open and airy “Winnie-the-Pooh” nursery room. If you would like to request the nursery for a special event (outside of Sunday worship), please email our
Children and Youth Director,
Kelsey Fernandez.

All of our staff and volunteers working with children and youth have received background checks, and
we always practice safe sanctuary procedures. Your child is sure to leave here smiling!




Our Youth Group is THE DREAM! Together, we laugh, serve and experience God in many different ways. We meet every Sunday during the school year from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., and have LOTS of fun events and activities coming up. If your student is in middle school or high school, then youth group is for them! Please check the schedule below for all the service projects and activities we have coming up...

YouthGroup Schedule 2019

11:30-1:30, unlessotherwise noted

09/15- Show ‘n’ Tell
09/22- Holy Sweat!
Athletic clothing and shoes recommended
09/29- St. Joe’s Labyrinth

10/06- After Hours-- (11:05-1:30)-
Please bring your finishedPieces for Youth Sunday
10/12-SATURDAY -Youth Sunday
dress rehearsal (10:00am-11:00am)
10/13- Youth Sunday!
Out tolunch afterwards toCelebrate!
10/20- “A neighborly
day for a beauty”

10/27- Halloween Party-
Bring a pumpkin to carve

11/03- After Hours-- (11:05-1:30)
11/10- Meet at 8:30am for a light
breakfast, leave church by 8:45 for
SmokyHill’s Youth Sunday
11/17- Clue with Smoky Hill
Youth Group
11/24- Volunteering
more details to come, most likely 11:30-2:30

12/01- After Hours-- (11:15-1:30)
12/07- SATURDAY Pictures with
Santa Volunteering (10:00-1:00)
Most likely no youth the next day, TBD
12/15- Christmas Party
and $10 White Elephant (12:00-2:00)
12/22- Zoo Lights
(5:00-7:30) Bring $10
12/29- No Youth Group
Core Values for Youth Ministry

Intentional Individual Discipleship

We believe in the importance of mentors and leaders entering into each student's story and journeying with them on their personal walk in life. This means we listen to and value each youth's story.

Authenticity All Around 
We believe if students are going to be able to be their true, authentic selves in our community, we as leaders and mentors need to practice authenticity with them and with each other. Everyone is expected to work at unmasking their false selves and trusting that this is a safe place to practice vulnerability. 

Holistic Gospel Transformation
We believe that the Gospel of Jesus Christ can and will transform every aspect  of our students lives: spiritually, relationally, emotionally, and physically. As each student grows deeper in their relationship with Christ, this sanctification will affect them on a holistic basis and will transform every area of their life (including school, extracurricular, family and friends). 

Celebrating Diversity 
We believe in not only unconditionally loving, but celebrating each student as a unique image bearer of Christ, we also believe that they are loved by God no matter how they identify. All are welcome as they are in this church and in this youth group, no questions asked, no hidden agendas. This is especially imperative to do during youth's tender and difficult years as a student. We want to embrace, explore and exalt each student and their individual giftings, wirings and uniqueness.

Integration of Grace and Truth 
We follow the example of Christ by holding grace and truth in a delicate balance. We believe that ministry is meeting people where they are (grace) and journeying with them to where God wants them to be (truth). 

If you have any questions about youth ministry at AVUMC, email our Children and Youth Director, Kelsey Fernandez

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