VBS is coming in June 2018Children's Ministry

     The Children's Ministry of First United Methodist is located in the Wesley Hall wing on the north side of our main building. In Wesley Hall are the classrooms, the nursery and the office of the Director of Children's Ministries, Karyn Custer-Jankowski. 

     Parents can access the classrooms and nursery through the main church building, or through door "B" on Chicago Avenue.

Read the Children's Ministry Newsletter - June 2018


VBS 2018

Kids! Join the fun this June for Vacation Bible School (VBS)!

When: Monday - Friday, June 18 - 22
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Cost: $7 per child (scholarships are available)
Register: Register at the church Welcome Desk, or get your registration form online right here!

     Get excited! Shipwrecked, Rescued by Jesus is coming to Valpo FUMC. Only $7 per child (Can't pay, that's OK! We've got you covered!) and that includes a music CD and a bandana and a full week of fun activities! Sign ups begin Sunday, May 20 at the church or get your registration form online right here. Questions? Contact Ms. Karyn at the church office during office hours at 219.465.1661 or email her at children@valpofumc.org.



Read and print our NEW Check-in procedures for the safety of our children here. Effective immediately.

The children's ministry includes the following ages:

  • Nursery - age 6 weeks - age 3
  • "2's and 3's" - Nursery children ages 2 and 3
  • Kidz4Jesus Children's Sunday School - Children pre-K (age 4) through 5th grade

     Our tradition is to have parents of the Sunday School children TEACH a few Sundays per year. You do not have to have children in our Sunday School program to teach! To be added to the teaching schedule, send an email to Ms. Karyn at children@valpofumc.org.


Sunday Schedule

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon - Nursery - Age 6 months to 3 years

     Located in Wesley Hall room 102-104, our nursery is available during ALL three worship services (8:00, 9:15 & 11:00 a.m.) for ages 6 weeks through 3 years old. It is staffed with women who have been devoted childcare workers for many years. Children, aged 2 & 3 are given age-appropriate Sunday School lessons.

9:15 Sunday School - Grades Pre-K through 5th grade

     Children start the 9:15 a.m. Sunday Worship Service seated with their families for the first 5 - 10 minutes, at which time they will be called up to the front of the sanctuary for the "Children's Moment". Afterwards, the children head up to Sunday School with their teachers, where a vibrant lesson is experienced.

11:00 a.m. Sunday School - Grades Pre-K through 5th grade

     During the 11:00 a.m. service, the children begin worship with their families and are then dismissed after the first two praise songs. This is a combined class for children ages Pre-K through 5th grade, where the Bible stories are brought to life in an interactive way. 

Contact Information

     For more information about our Children's Ministry, feel free to contact Karyn Custer-Jankowski, Director of Children's Ministries at 219-465-1661 during regular church office hours, or email her at children@valpofumc.org.