Children and Students

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Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.  – Luke 18:16

 

The presence of children, and all the activity and sounds that come with them,  give witness to the Kingdom of God in our midst.  Therefore, children are an important part of life at Metamora Mennonite Church.

Our goal is to welcome children and students of all ages as integral parts of the faith community, tend to their needs as best we are able, and support parents in the sacred role of raising their kids to love God and others.

On Sunday morning…

Children from birth through pre-school are always welcome in worship!  We also offer quality nursery care during worship and Sunday school.

Children in K-5th grade and 2 – 4 year olds, begin worship with their families.  They sing, pray, greet others, and pass the offering plate with the entire faith community.  They are then invited up front for a children’s message related to the sermon of the day.  Following the children’s message, they can return to their pews and worship with their family or they can participate in Kid’s Celebration, a hands-on, active learning environment for kids!  Students are led by our adult leaders to the children’s area off of the fellowship hall where they can be picked up by their parents following worship.

Following worship we have time of fellowship followed by Sunday school for youth and adults.  We offer at least two adult electives (listed in the bulletin), nursery care, and  Jr. and Sr. High Sunday school groups.

During the week…

During the week, High school students are invited to participate in Youth for Christ (Metamora High School and Eureka High School).  Campus Life meets every Monday at MTHS at 7:17pm  (text “redbird” to 41411 to get text reminders of Campus Life events.  They are also listed in The Weekly).  There are also opportunities to attend winter camp, summer camps, service projects, etc. through YFC or Camp Menno Haven and MMC.

Special events…

Each summer, MMC holds Vacation Bible School for pre-school through 5th grade students.  Dates and times are advertised through the website as the event approaches.

We also offer baptism preparation classes for students who have professed faith in Jesus and wish to be baptized.  Contact metmenno@mtco.com for more information.

What we teach…

All teaching is Bible-centered and Jesus-focused.    We emphasize both learning about God as well as living out the teaching of Jesus in real life.  Practical lessons on peacemaking, conflict resolution and reconciliation are a part of the Jubilee curriculum we use for Children on Sunday am and are regular themes in our Jr. High and Sr. High teaching environments.

Youth for Christ (YFC) is a non-denominational Christian ministry.  Their beliefs and practices are consistent with ours.  Some emphases of Anabaptist/Mennonite faith and praxis are not emphasized at YFC events.  Click here to learn what YFC believes.