Children’s Ministry

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New Baby Ministry


Our New Baby Ministry helps and encourages families with new additions to “train up a child in the way that he should go” (Proverbs 22:6).

A gift baby basket is presented to the family.



A staffed Nursery is available each Sunday morning from 8:30 am until 12:00 noon to care for children age 5 and younger.

Child care is also made available for other church events.

Sonshine School


Sonshine School, a ministry of First United Methodist Church, is a vibrant and exciting preschool program for 3, 4, and 5 year olds. Our emphasis on Christian living and learning as well as Kindergarten readiness is accomplished through interactive Bible stories, engaging hands on crafts and activities, songs that teach and much, much more!

Classes are held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to Noon in our newly remodeled Children’s Area. For information on registration and payment options, call the church office at (618) 242-1030.

Children's Time


During each service, a special lesson is delivered to our children. Following the lesson, children are invited to travel downstairs to our new renovated children’s ministry wing for Children’s Church, a time for engaging lessons and exciting activities.

Children's Christmas Program

Vacation Bible School is the highlight of each summer, involving children from both our church and the community. In addition to the important spiritual impact VBS has our children, it’s tons of fun, too!

Summer camping programs offered through the Illinois Great Rivers Conference area also available to any interested children, with partial scholarships provided by the church.

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