Worship Sundays @ 8 AM - 9:30 AM - 11 AM

Children

Family Advent

It's easy to get caught up in the chaos of Christmas between events, shopping, cooking, baking, and getting the house ready for guests. Phew! That's why we want to help make it easy for you and your family to stay focused on God during Advent. Children and Family Ministries invites you to fill your Christmas with joy and compassion with the following activities and events.

  • December 9, 4 pm in FLC - Polar Express Family Movie Night: put the kids in PJs and join us for our 3rd annual Polar Express Family Movie Event. We'll have hot chocolate, popcorn, cookies, and activities from 4-6 in the Family Life Center (FLC). This is a family event, not a drop-off event.
  • December 24, 11 am in Sanctuary - Children's Christmas Eve Worship: come to a special Christmas Eve celebration created just for kids. We'll learn about the Christmas story, sing familiar carols, and have our own kid-friendly candlelight element (meaning no fire included).
  • Advent Family Prayers - Pick up your blessing bag in Faith Voyage and watch the video from Julie Hawkins to learn about family prayer time.

 


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Discipleship Plan

Children and youth learn about faith first at home, second at church. We take the spiritual development of your kids seriously, and we want to provide you with the tools to understand our discipleship pathway for your kids as they grow into each of Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church's programs. Please take a moment to read through our Discipleship Plan. It ranges from birth through high school. Your kids are part of our community and we are dedicated to help them grow spiritually throughout their childhood and into adulthood. This is not a checklist, but simply a road map for each child's spiritual journey.

Discipleship Plan

For any questions about Children's Ministry, email Julie Hawkins, Director of Children & Family ministries.


Annual Events

We have new, fun events popping up all the time for Children's Ministry, but we also have some events that we host every year. We may not have exact dates, but below are some events and time frames to keep on your radar throughout the year. To see what's happening week-to-week, see the calendar below or scroll down to learn about our weekly programs.

  • March/ April - Easter Egg Hunt
  • June/ July - VBS Summer Play Days
  • July - Bridgeport Summer Camp and VBS
  • August - Promotion Sunday and Back-to-School Sunday
  • September - Third Grade Bible Presentations
  • October - Trunk or Treat
  • December - Polar Express Family Movie Night and Family Christmas Eve Service

Upcoming Events

Children's Calendar

The Anchor

The Sunday school program for 2-year-olds through 5th grade is located in Faith Voyage by the main entrance of the main building. Stop by the Faith Voyage front desk, and we would be happy to help you find the right classroom for your kiddos. We offer two Sunday morning times and formats for each age group.


Drop-Off Procedure

We offer electronic check-in at the Faith Voyage front desk. This is where your child will get a name tag and classroom assignment. After electronically checking in, you are welcome to walk your child to their classroom.

First-Time Guests

If this is a first-time visit, we would be happy to escort you to the right classroom and introduce you to the teacher. Feel free to print out the below registration form in advance to sign up for Sunday school. We also have registration forms at the front desk if you are unable to print.

Registration Form

Email Faith Voyage Coordinator Rebecca Lessly at rebeccal@tmumc.org with any questions about Sunday School or Children's Ministry opportunities.


1st - 5th Grade

Sundays, 9:30 & 11 am

Kids in 1st - 5th grades are checked in at the Faith Voyage front desk and then dropped off in room 215 for a high-energy, kid-friendly, 30-minute worship experience.

Following The Anchor, kids will move to small group study based on their ages. During this time, kids will further explore the virtue and Bible lesson of the week. The service and lesson are the same at the 9:30 am and 11 am hours.

  • Located in Faith Voyage by the main entrance of the main building
  • Lessons are taught from Orange Curriculum and all worship videos are available at Studio252. We encourage you to watch their videos at home with your kids.
  • Each week kids can watch the lesson video, play games and work on the Bible verse of the week.

 

 

 

2-year-olds thru Kindergarten

Sundays, 9:30 & 11 am

Each week we will sing, play and discover Bible stories that reveal God's love for us. Stop by the Faith Voyage front desk to find the right classroom for your kiddo.

Preschool music time is offered during the 9:30 am Sunday School hour.

Preschool Music
Ages 2-kindergarten
During 9:30 am Sunday school - No fee or registration
2 & 3-year-olds: 9:45-10 am
4, 5 & kinder: 10-10:30am


Childcare

Sunday Morning Nursery

The Trietsch nursery offers free childcare on Sunday mornings. The Infant Nursery is reserved for ages 8 weeks up to walking age. Once your baby starts walking, he or she will be transferred to the Toddler Nursery until the age of 2. All ages have Childcare Staff and volunteers in each nursery. The nurseries are located on the main level (2nd floor) of the main building near the Sanctuary.

For children age 2 or older, please see the Children’s Sunday School schedule.

Weekday Childcare 

Weekday Childcare is reservation-based and available for parents who are involved in any on-site church event; Bible Studies, Small Groups, Men's and Women's groups, Youth, etc. Childcare is available for ages 8 weeks to 12 years old.

All reservations must be made at least 48 hours in advance by calling the Childcare Reservation Line at 972-539-8547 ext. 299 or by emailing childcare@tmumc.org. Cancellations are to be made as soon as possible. Currently online reservations are not available. 

Occasionally, church-wide events will not include childcare. Please contact Shanna Freer at shannaf@tmumc.org to check childcare availability for special events.


The Dock

The Dock is our new indoor playground that is open to the public on Sundays from 1 - 5 pm and Tuesdays thru Thursdays from 10 am - 2 pm. The playground is closed on Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays. We are so excited to have a safe place for your kids to play, even in the Texas summer heat, rainy days, or freezing cold weather.

Hours
  • Sundays, 1 - 5 pm
  • Tuesdays - Thursdays, 10 am - 2 pm
  • Closed Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays
Playground Rules
  1. Children must be accompanied by parent or guardian.
  2. No shoes, food, or drinks allowed in playground area (food can be eaten in the Connection Center down the hall).
  3. Playground is designed for children age 3 - 10.
Helpful Parent Info
  • There is a gate at the top of the playground that children can enter or exit. Parents should be mindful of children's location at all times.
  • We have seating upstairs as well as downstairs.
  • Socks can be slippery on the main stairs, so help your kiddo if necessary.
  • The Dock is not available for party or event rentals.

If you have any additional questions about The Dock, email Director of Children & Family Ministries Julie Hawkins at juliehawk@tmumc.org.



Trietsch Enrichment Center

TEC's goal is to provide a high-quality, developmentally appropriate learning environment which nurtures the child's physical, mental, emotional and spiritual growth. As a developmentally appropriate preschool, we practice a hands-on learning style with a multi-sensory approach to learning.  A thematically based curriculum with special units of study includes pre-academic learning.  Christian teachings that include Bible stories, scripture, and prayer are intertwined throughout the school day. Areas of learning include math, language/ literacy, creative arts, science, social studies, physical and social development and God's love.

2018/19 CalendarPARent Handbook

Class Schedule

TEC offers classes for children ages 2 - Kindergarten. Class availability varies based on age:

  • 2-year-olds: T/TH, W/F, or MWF classes
  • 3-year-olds: T/TH or MWF classes
  • 4-year-olds: T/TH, MWF, or M thru F classes
  • PK5 and Kindergarten: M thru F classes

All children attend class 9 am-1 pm.

Registration InfoPrograms & Fees


Forms & Resources

After you have registered with the TEC office, print, complete and return the forms below to the TEC office.

 

About Our Teachers

TEC is facilitated by paid staff. All of our lead teachers hold at least a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Development or a closely related field. They are also required to attend 24 hours of state-approved continuing education classes each year. Additional required credentials include:

  • CPR & First aid training
  • Ministry Safe training once every 2 years
  • Criminal history background check once every 2 years
  • Completed FBI fingerprint at hire date 

TEC is licensed by the Texas Dept. of Family and Protective Services.

Contact Us

We would love to schedule a time for you to visit our classrooms and learn about the program. Contact us using the form or email Trisha McWilliams, Director of TEC.

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Children's Music & Arts

Children's music programs take place September - May. We'll share God's love for us and our love for Him and music through singing, instruments, and movement. The choir will perform in worship periodically and do community service. Everyone welcome. No audition required.

Music Makers Elementary Choir

  • Elementary Choir - Grades 1-5
  • Rehearsals & Lunch - Sundays - noon-1:45pm, meet in room 334 (sessions in room 315)
  • Everyone welcome - no audtion required
  • $50 per semester - (lunch each Sunday & shirt included)
  • Kicks off August 19 - parents join us at noon for a meeting and to learn more about the choir

Scholarships are available, please contact LauraAnne Madl at lauraannem@tmumc.org for more information.

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Sing on Christmas Eve

Calling all  musical kids! Sing with the kid's choir on Christmas Eve at the 11am Family Worship service. Everyone is welcome to be a part of the fun. 

  • No cost
  • Rehearsals & Lunch (included) - Sundays November 25 - December 23, 12-1:45pm in room 334
  • Everyone welcome - no audtion required
  • This is just to sing on Christmas Eve
  • Sign up at the link below
  • Contact LauraAnne Madl at with any questions

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Preschool Music

  • Ages 2-kindergarten
  • During 9:30am Sunday school - No fee or registration
  • No registration required
  • 2 & 3 yrs—9:45-10am
  • 4 & 5 & kinder—10-10:30am

God's children experience and share his love through singing, instruments, and movement. The weekly Sunday School lesson and Bible verse are reinforced through musical activities. Join us any Sunday!

For more information, email LauraAnne Madl at lauraannem@tmumc.org.

Kids Christmas Choir

Does your kiddo like to sing, dance and make a joyful noise!?

Children in 1st-5th grade are invited to join the Kids Choir for Christmas Eve performances. Rehearse to lead in the Family Christmas Eve Service at 11AM, Dec. 24.

Rehearsals are Sundays Nov. 5 - Dec. 23 from noon to 1:45 pm in room 334. They do not have to be part of Music Makers to sing in the Christmas Choir. Come join the fun for Christmas Eve!

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For more information, email LauraAnne Madl at LauraAnneM@tmumc.org.

 


Children's Sports & Fitness

The purpose of Sports Ministry is to introduce children to Jesus Christ by creating opportunities to serve through sports. We want to provide a positive environment in which we can use sports as a tool to minister God's word to both adults and children.

Children age Pre-k through 8th grade can get involved in the Upward leagues and sports camps throughout the year, as well as summer sports camps. We offer Upward flag football, soccer and basketball. Sports camps vary based on availability and level of interest. All ages and abilities are welcome, but some activities have a minimum age requirement.

Upward Registration

To get connected email Dayne Flock, Director of Sports Ministry, or call 972-539-8547 ext. 207.

"Don’t you know that all the runners in the stadium run, but only one gets the prize? So run to win. Everyone who competes practices self-discipline in everything. The runners do this to get a crown of leaves that shrivel up and die, but we do it to receive a crown that never dies." 1 Corinthians 9:24-25 


Serve in Children's Ministry

We are always looking for servants to help our children grow. It is so important for our kids to know that they are radically loved by the church. Don't worry about your abilities or experience. Join our team of servants to help provide a fun, safe and spiritual environment for our kids to grow in relationship with Jesus Christ.

Fill out the form to tell us where you'd like to serve.

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