Children's Ministry of Valpo FUMCChildren'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 -July 2019


VBS - July 15 - 19, 2019

Monday - Friday, July 15 - 19, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Cost: $10 per child (ages 4 - 5th grade)
Scholarships are available. Don't let cost keep the kids from coming! If you are interested in Financial Aid, you may send your Financial Aid Request after registering your child(ren).

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     Parents, send your kids on a  ROARING adventure! At Roar VBS, kids discover that even though life gets wild, God is good. Roar is filled with incredible Bible-learning experiences kids see, hear, touch, and even taste! Sciency-Fun Gizmos, team-building games, cool Bible songs, and tasty treats are just a few of the standout activities that help faith flow into real life. (Since everything is hands-on, kids might get a little messy. Be sure to send them in play clothes and safe shoes). Plus, we'll help kids discover how to see evidence of God in everyday life--something we call God Sightings. Get ready to hear that phrase a lot!

     Your kids will also participate in a hands-on mission project as we support our local Christian Food Pantry, located across the street at Asbury Centre.



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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


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