Children

Children

Children are vital and highly valued members of our church family. From Sunday School and worship to the Christmas Pageant and the Easter Egg Hunt, our children are full and active participants in the life of the congregation.

Nursery Care:
Two experienced attendants are on duty every Sunday morning to care for infants and toddlers through age 3 in the nursery (Room 212) to the right of the art gallery. The nursery is open from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Childcare is available for other church activities on an as needed basis.

1st Sunday of the month:
Children can either stay in church with their parents or go to Children’s Chapel led by Dawn Krawczyk. Children’s Chapel meets in the Epworth Room downstairs and is open to everyone from preschool to 5th grade. In Chapel, children will get to experience their own fun filled worship through scripture, activities, and prayer. The focus of Children’s Chapel is to introduce and encourage children to worship together and to grow in their faith in ways that they can understand. Because the 1st Sunday of the month is also Communion Sunday, children return to the sanctuary in time to receive Communion with their family and stay in service for the remainder of the time.

Parents are more than welcome to attend Chapel with their child. All children are also welcome to stay in service and worship with their family if they wish.

On the 3rd Sunday of each month the children have a unique opportunity to serve in a mission capacity through our Kids with Purpose program led by Carolyn Greis and Anna Francis! Some of the activities are making meals for the homeless, creating blankets and scarves for those in need, and creating craft items for our holiday bazaar!

On the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month:
Children have a special parent/church volunteer taught Sunday school program meeting their needs by age.

Fall, Winter, Spring Sunday School
Children from age 4 through grade 5 attend the first 15 minutes of the Contemporary Service and leave for their Sunday School classes after the Children’s Time. Volunteer teachers rotate throughout the year and use an age-appropriate curriculum which varies according to the season.

Special Events
Our annual Christmas Pageant is a family event which involves all the children and youth in the church and is open to the public. An annual Easter Egg Hunt held the Saturday before Easter is for children from preschool to grade 5. Older children and youth are invited to help out with games and hiding eggs.

Boy Scout Troop
CCUMC has sponsored Boy Scout Troop #255 (www.t255.org) for many years. The troop is for boys who have completed grade 5 and meets regularly on Tuesday nights at the church. Younger boys may join Cub Scout Pack #255 beginning in the grade 1. The pack meets monthly at the church and each Cub Scout belongs to one of several dens which meet at various times and places. We have Girl Scout troops from Daisy to Senior Scouts. The troops’ schedules vary. All the Scout groups welcome new members. Call the church office for contact information.

Safe Sanctuary Policy
Chevy Chase United Methodist Church is a Safe Sanctuary. We have adopted an abuse prevention policy for children and youth and have established procedures to demonstrate our absolute and unwavering commitment to the physical safety and spiritual growth of all our children and youth, as well as those who work with children and youth. We follow reasonable safety measures in the selection and recruitment of workers; we implement prudent operational procedures in all programs and events; we educate all our workers with children and youth regarding the use of all appropriate policies and methods (including first aid and methods of discipline); we have a clearly defined procedure for reporting a suspected incident of abuse that conforms to the requirements of state law; and we are prepared to respond to media inquiries if an incident occurs. More details are available in the church office.