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Children's Ministry

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We welcome God's children to know Him!

We exist to care for children, encourage the youth, and equip the next generation.

"Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world..."

At FUMC McAllen we seek to provide a safe place where all children feel welcomed and loved. By providing varied age-appropriate opportunities rooted in Loving God, Sharing Jesus, and Growing in Faith, we invite all children and their families to join us on this journey of Christian discipleship.

In all of our activities and endeavors we aim to model and encourage children in a life based on Jesus' teaching to "love The Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, and with all your mind.....and love your neighbor as yourself". (Matt. 22:37-39)

Here's a quick glimpse at some of what God has done through our children's ministry!

Check out our most recent event - VBS 2022!

Upcoming Events

Camp heART

Camp heART will take place June 24 - 27 from 8:30am - 12:30pm. This unique program offers children from 3rd grade to 9th grade the opportunity to be instructed in a variety of art forms, music, painting, jewelry making, and culinary arts. Each day begins with a devotional about God’s love and the importance of serving others. Students will attend three art courses daily where they will be encouraged to explore their creative side and develop their artistic talents.

There is a 30 participant maximum for the camp. The camp fee is $30 (cash or check), which includes snacks and materials for all courses. Contact Andrea at with any questions!


Vacation Bible School: Camp Firelight

Calling all campers! McAllen FUMC’s Children’s Ministry is excited to host a Camp Firelight-themed Vacation Bible School July 29 - August 1 from 9:00am - 12:30pm. VBS is open for children kindergarten through fifth grade (for the 2024-2025 school year).

Come be a part of a summer camp adventure with God! It is sure to be loads of fun!


Sunday Morning

Nursery Available

Trained and experienced child-care providers from our FUMC Day School will care for your littlest ones while you participate in worship, groups, classes, or just fellowship. Nursery care is available 8:45am- 12:00pm every Sunday morning. Contact Andrea Ibanez (children@mcfirst com) with any questions.

Godly Play

Every Sunday during the 9:00 (starting August 21) and the 11:00am worship services, there will be a time for children. Following that time, all 3 year olds through 5th graders are invited to head to Room 201 in the Education Building (accompanied by Andrea) for Godly Play.

J.A.M. (Jesus & Me)

J.A.M. is for any children age 3 years old through 5th grade. It is engaging, fun, multi-age Bible story, fellowship, and learning time that takes place every Sunday during the 10:00am Common Hour in the Koinonia Room (Gym/South Building). Contact Andrea Ibanez (children@mcfirst com) with any questions.

WOW - Word on Wednesday

All 3 year olds through 5th graders, as of September 1, 2022, are invited to join us for playtime, snacks, fun bible lesson games and activities, and music every Wednesday afternoon, 3:30-5:30 p.m. during the school year. Contact Andrea Ibanez ( ) with any questions.

Opportunities to Serve

There are always opportunities to get involved with the children's ministry at our church! For more information, contact Andrea Ibanez at .

All adults interested in helping with the children and/or youth ministries of FUMC McAllen are required by the Rio Texas Conference of the UMC to complete a Trusted con Confianza Safety Certification. Contact Andrea Ibanez ( ) for more information.