Children

Welcome! At Damascus UMC we are committed to providing a loving and safe environment where all children can learn about discipleship and grow with God. We have lots of programs and ministries available to enrich their spiritual journey!

Sunday School  | Vacation Bible School | Special Buddy Program | Children's Music and Arts Ministry | Learning About Communion Class

Sunday School 

Sunday School begins in September and ends in May. Classes are held at 9:30am (between our two worship services) and are available for 3 year olds through adults. With our caring and knowledgeable teachers, and our Sunday School curriculum, we seek to share Biblical knowledge and Christian living. In essence we are training our children as young disciples of Jesus Christ!

We have an Open Registration so that students may join our classes at any time during the school year. Simply complete a Sunday School Registration Form and turn it in to the child's Sunday School teacher.  When a child enters 3rd grade, we love to present him/her with a brand new Bible.  Please let us know how the Bible should be inscribed by completing this form.

Special Buddy Program

We welcome all of God's children into our Sunday School program. We recognize that some children need a little extra care; and so, we have a team of adults who are ready to accompany any child with special needs. 

Sunday School Room Locations

Lower Level Map         Upper Level Map

  • 2/3 year olds: Room #1 (main building, downstairs, next to library)        
  • Pre-K:  Room #6 (main building, downstairs)
  • Kindergarten & 1st Grade:  Room #19 (main building, downstairs, below Music Room)
  • 2nd Grade:  Room #18 (main building, downstairs, below Music Room)
  • 3rd Grade:  Room #5 (main building, downstairs, next to Resource Room)
  • 4th and 5th Grade: Room #13/14 (main building, 1/2 of dining hall, downstairs)
  • 6th and 7th Grade: Youth Chapel
  • 8th Grade/Confirmation: Youth Chapel    
  • 9th Grade: Youth Chapel
  • 10th-12th Grade: Youth Chapel   

Children's Music and Arts Programs    

Here at Damascus UMC we offer a variety of options for children to express their faith through music, theater and art.

  • Colorful Hands of Jesus - Puppet Ministry, 2nd-5th grades
  • Cherubs - Vocal choir, age 4 1/2 to 1st/2nd grade
  • Choristers - Vocal choir, 2nd-5th/6th grades
  • Inspiration Ringers - Handbell choir, 2nd-5th grades

In addition to the programs above we also offer at least one musical theater production for children to participate in each year. For more information about these programs contact Polly Baldridge or click here to visit our Music and Arts Ministry webpage.

Learning About Communion Classes 

Children in 2nd-5th grades and their parents are invited to join our Learning about Communion Classes held during Lent each year. The classes comprise five one-hour sessions and both the child and his/her parent/guardian attend each session.

Each class is limited to 10 families. A commitment to attend all five sessions is important and will help to make the experience more meaningful to your child. 

The children have lots of fun learning about communion, making commemorative banners, and even making home-made bread that is used in the final session when the class celebrates communion on the altar. For more information contact the church office or Cathy Scarbrough (301) 972-6844.

 

Safe Sanctuary

In 1996 and again in 2004, the General Conference of the United Methodist Church adopted resolutions aimed at reducing the risk of child sexual abuse in the church. As a result, each local congregation is required to develop and implement its own Safe Sanctuary Policy in line with General Conference recommendations.

Thus, in covenant with all United Methodist congregations, we the Damascus United Methodist Church, adopt this policy regarding safety of children and youth in our church.

We pledge to conduct our ministries in ways that assure the safety and spiritual growth of all children, youth, and adults participating in church-sponsored activities.