Children’s Ministry

Sunday School

Sunday School is offered every Sunday from 10:00-10:45 am for children in preschool through High School.

Our Sunday School classes will begin on Sunday, September 17, from 10:00am – 10:45am. This fall, our pre-school and early elementary students will continue using Deep Blue curriculum. The focus of this year’s theme is Learn & Serve. Our older elementary students will also continue with the Heart Shaper curriculum by exploring how they fit into God’s plan. Our middle and high school youth will be starting two studies about Jesus and The Basics of Christianity.

Half Day Happenings

During both Fall and Spring parent-teacher conference days, PYUMC offers to all elementary children a fun, safe, and faith-based afternoon program designed to fill child care needs during these half days of school. Activities include: Crafts, games, stories, songs and food. Registration forms are found on our website and are distributed at the elementary school. The PYCSD also provides busing to our programming.

Confirmation Class

PYUMC offers Confirmation Classes every year starting in February through June. Students in seventh grade and above who wish to learn more about the United Methodist Church and have the opportunity to become members.

Vacation Bible School

PYUMC continues to provide Vacation Bible School for our church and community children during the summer months. We have wonderful volunteers who share their time and talents with our children. Keep an eye out for the dates and programming next summer!

Spring Dates to Remember


April 1: Easter Sunday (No Sunday School)

April 13 – 15: Outward 2018 Youth Event

April 29: Camp Casowasco Sunday

May 4: Friday “Family” Night @ Red Jacket Park

May 12: Youth/Summer Camp FUNDraiser Baked Ziti Dinner @ 6:30 pm

May 20: Confirmation Sunday

June 9: Youth Rummage Sale

June 25 – 29: Vacation Bible School




Frequently Asked Questions

What time does Sunday school begin and end?

Sunday School students begin class at 10:00 am and end at 10:50 am. While your children are at Sunday School please feel free to enjoy our coffee and fellowship hour in the downstairs Fellowship Hall or go and check out one of our several Adult Sunday School classes!

What curriculum is used in Sunday School?

Our preschool through grade 2 classes, will use our United Methodist curriculum called “Deep Blue”.  It is a well-designed program intended to provide long-range development of Christian faith following the beliefs of the United Methodist Church.  Students in grades 3 through 6 will be learning from the HeartShaper curriculum which is focused on helping kids love God and His Word. The program promotes Biblical literacy  which is important at this age, as our  students will be learning to use their Bibles in class. Our middle and high school students will be using studies called “Groove” focusing on the basics of Christianity and the life of Jesus.

What health and safety accommodations and precautions are in place at Sunday School?

Maintaining your child’s well-being while he/she is in Sunday School is a responsibility that we take seriously.  We require that children through grade 2  be signed out of their classroom by a parent. We also adhere to a “Safe Sanctuary Policy”  written according to United Methodist Annual Conference guidelines, which requires us to maintain certain standards, including conducting a background check on all of our teachers, substitutes, and classroom helpers.  (Please see Linda Snyder for a copy.) Additionally, we have emergency first aid kits and evacuation procedures in place.  Finally, we encourage you to let us know, either on your FAMILY INFORMATION FORM or in person, if he/she has any special dietary needs, allergies, health problems, learning disabilities, or behavioral concerns so that we can be aware of such issues and do our best to accommodate your child.

How are discipline issues handled in class?

Classroom teachers strive to maintain a peaceful and respectful learning environment in which all students can receive the full benefit of the Sunday School experience.  Discipline issues are handled as quietly and discreetly as possible, using low-key strategies such as redirection, assigned seating, and the encouragement of Christian behavior.  Parents of children who do not respond to our efforts, will be asked to come get their child. Please speak to your child’s teacher if you have a questions regarding this.

Is my child expected to bring an offering?

We encourage learning about stewardship with our students, however it is in no way a requirement. An offering is quietly taken every Sunday in each classroom. The offering is added to our annual budget that provides our teaching materials, supplies, Camperships, Bibles, graduation gifts, camp scholarships, etc.

Are Bibles given out in Sunday School?

As we move into the school year, it is a tradition at our church to present all the third grade children with their very own Bible. We plan to continue this tradition and hope that your third grader will join us this year! It is also our goal as a Christian Education team to make sure that every child and youth has a Bible that they can relate to. Within the next year, Ryan would like to have a program in place that continues to give Bibles to third graders, but also give a teen Bible to those entering seventh grade and an adult Bible to those students graduating from High School. If you would like to help with this ministry please see Ryan Webb.

How can I become more involved?

No matter how old or young your children are, there are plenty of opportunities for you to support their Christian education!  Your interest in your child’s Sunday School lessons is one of the most basic ways.  If you are available to help on an occasional Sunday, we could always use extra hands in any of our classrooms.  Please consider being one of our substitute teachers to fill in when needed, or perhaps being a regular weekly assistant.   Please contact Ryan Webb if you wish to volunteer in any of these capacities.  You can also show your support by helping “behind the scenes” by volunteering to send snacks or needed supplies.  Finally, we can always use more fresh ideas on our Christian Education Team.  We meet in the Christian Ed. office on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm, and we welcome you to attend as a visitor or a new member.  

open hearts. open minds. open doors.

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Worship Times

Saturday Night | 5:00 PM Sunday Break | 9:00 AM Traditional Worship | 11:00 AM