Families with Children

Families of all sizes, shapes and hues are welcome and cherished at Brecksville United Methodist Church. The church provides an engaging and comprehensive Christian Education program for preschoolers through adults.


All Ages Participate in Serving the Church
Our children and youth are encouraged to be a vibrant part of our congregation as ushers, greeters, musicians, acolytes and committee members. Our young people are also encourag0ed to engage in service projects throughout the year.
Visiting For the first Time?
Please inform a Greeter or Usher that you are new and that you’d like to be introduced to our Christian Education Director, Jenny Gee. You can also contact Jenny with questions at (440) 526-8938 or by email.

Care for Infants and Toddlers
Loving and tender care for infants and toddlers is provided by Allie Kenney, a young adult with a strong education background. She provides consistent care each week in our Crib and Toddler Room during both worship services and the education hour each Sunday.

Church School for ages 3 through high school.
Rooted in the Scriptures and the Christian tradition, Brecksville UMC Sunday School program offers a range of options for learning, service, and friendship. We focus on the stories of the Bible and upon the development of Christian faith. Our caring and trained teachers, excellent curriculum, and a broad range of enrichment activities offer a variety of ways for children and youth to learn about the Christian faith and participate in the life of the community.

During First Worship Service, "Sprouts" a Children’s Church program, meets for children ages 3 and up. Begin your Sunday by worshipping together as a family. The children are released to attend Sprouts after the Children’s Moment. Alternatively, children and youth of all ages are welcome to worship with their families, if they choose. We do not have Sprouts on the first Sunday of each month so that families can receive communion together. We practice an open table for our communion, which means all are welcome. There are no age requirements (or any other ‘musts’) and communion consists of gluten-free bread and grape juice to make it a truly inclusive table.

During Second Worship Service, "Sprouts" will meet again following the Children’s Moment.


Education Hour, between services.


There is something for everyone!


Exploring the Great Themes in the Bible
Each Sunday we meet to explore a different monthly theme from the Bible. We have learned stories about Jesus’ great love for people that he demonstrated through his healing and inclusiveness, we have explored some strange mysteries and met Bible characters that were really great at being thankful. Our Sunday morning classes are led by a crew of awesome teachers who encourage you to wonder and ask lots of questions… this is your faith after all!
  • Preschool and Kindergarten meet in Room 104

  • First through Third graders meet in Room 405

  • Fourth through Sixth Graders meet in Room 302



Confirmation
This year we challenge you to think about and articulate your faith. You will be encouraged to ask questions and wonder a lot. Dana (our youth director) and Jenny (our Director of Christian Education) will meet with you before the beginning of the year. You will have the opportunity to choose a faith friend (we call them your mentor) to talk to about your journey. We will work with you to explore ways to be in service within the church and out in the community. This is a big year but its aim is to give you a taste of what it means to be a Methodist and a Christian. You will be joined by four awesome teachers who will spend the entire year with you. Confirmation happens in May.
  • 7th and 8th graders meet in Room 404



High School and Adults
All throughout the year there are two or three different classes for you to choose from. You will have the opportunity to do book studies, round table discussions, Methodist-focused classes, Bible studies and classes on current events. Check the Good Word, the bulletin, our homepage on the website or on the board in the lobby to see what is being offered today. Drop in any time!


COVID-19 Adjustments
Classes are not currently meeting. We are offering weekly Family Faith suggested Bible stories and activities via email, Wednesday daytime Zoom check-ins for all ages of kids. Wednesday evening Bible study via Zoom and a few different Facebook Live communications. There is also a weekly email with scripture and journaling suggestions for adults.
If you want to be added to any of these lists contact Jenny by email.