First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo

212 South Park Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
(269) 381-6340


Children & Families Ministries (CFM) 

Contact:  Rev. Dan Duncan, Pastor of Children & Families Ministries;, (269) 381-6340 x231

Christian Day Camp.  A twist on our usual Bronson Park VBS program this year from June 26-30, was a week of wonderful experiences traveling through the Bible, using many different senses and learning approaches, and building relationships with our friends at First Congregational Church, First Presbyterian, and St. Luke’s Episcopal churches. We thank all our adult and youth leaders who made this a quality event for our children, as well as leaders from a variety of institutions and organizations that make our city strong and vibrant! If you missed it, see photos below! Next year’s summer experience for children will be hosted by the First Presbyterian Church. 
Godly Play. During the summer months, we are meeting as one group in Room 200 following the “Time for the Child in All of Us” at the 10 a.m. worship service. Stories coming up:
     July 23: The Leaven Storyteller: Tim Guide: Shondo
     July 30: The Sower Storyteller: Pastor Dan Guide: Margie
    Aug. 6: The Great Banquet Storyteller: Julia Guide: Ashley
    Aug. 13: The Good Samaritan Storyteller: Pastor Dan Guide: Donna
    Aug. 20: The Miraculous Catch Storyteller: Pastor Dan Guide: Ashley
Summer Acolytes.  With all the coming and goings of summer, we ask our acolytes to sign up for the Sundays they can serve as acolyte on the board next to the Welcome Center.
Baptisms. Our next date for baptisms is October 15. If you are interested in baptism for yourself or a child, please contact Pastor Dan as soon as possible to make arrangements.
Fall Ministry with Our Children Opportunities
1)  Sunday School: We will have a few openings for Sunday School teachers this fall. If you feel called to serve our church and children in this way, Pastor Dan would love to talk with you! Teachers serve in a one month on, one month off rotation.
2)  Godly Play: We also will need a few Guides this coming year. Guides welcome children to the Godly Play space, and help them get the most out of the time by gently redirecting their focus as needed. 

Deep Blue is the new awe-inspiring resource for children which includes adventure, exciting stories, science experiments, arts and crafts, animated video storytelling, and active games-all combined into a living–faith experience that will help children discover what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ today!

"In the depths of who I am I rejoice in God my savior."