First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo

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


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Christian Education


Children’s Sunday School

The church provides children with a multitude of opportunities to grow, build friendships, and learn about faith and grace. By their exuberance, we feel that children play an important role in the life of our church as they help us understand love, patience, and the beauty of knowing God. We encourage parents to bring their children to worship with them from the time they are very small, so that they can participate in some or all of the worship service. Sunday morning classes for children of all ages meet at 9:30 a.m. Classes are taught by adults using Bible-centered curricula. Music, crafts and activities complement study, worship and prayer during class time. We also provide programming for ages 4 through elementary age after the “A Time for The Child in All of Us” during the 11:00 a.m. service.

Youth Cocoa and Class

Our youth ministry is a very exciting and active part of First Church. We provide a variety of programs to meet the various needs of the youth of our church and our community. Cocoa and Class, our youth Sunday School classes at 9:30 a.m. September through May, are special interest classes geared just for youth. Confirmation classes are also offered for eighth graders (and above) February through May.

Adult Academy Classes

Sunday morning Academy Classes for adults meet from September through May at 9:30 a.m. They are guided by exceptional leaders from the congregation and the Kalamazoo community. These classes are designed to challenge, comfort, and guide—as well as allow for fellowship, reflection, conversation, and spiritual growth. Classes are typically scheduled in six-week sessions, but drop-in attendance is always welcome.

Summer Program

Children’s Summer Worship Enrichment is available for children preschool through 2nd grade after the “A Time for the Child in All of Us” during the 10 a.m. worship, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Although it is most appropriate for this age level, all children are welcome. Vacation Bible School is held for children age three through sixth grade and is an ecumenical endeavor, encompassing all of the churches around Bronson Park.