Newborn Visitor Committee
The purpose of the Newborn Visitor Committee is to make a visit in the home of babies born to church members. We present a small gift to the child on behalf of the church. In addition, we typically take a gift of food. We offer support to the family and let them know the church is thinking of them during this time.
Every Sunday morning The Lambs (infants and young toddlers), The Guppies (toddlers and twos), and The Stars (threes and fours) make up the nurturing environment of our children’s nurseries. At each level, children experience God’s love through play, stories and manipulatives.
Kid’s Place is a weekday preschool program for children six months to five years of age. We are open 9am to 1pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Kids Place lovingly serves the community’s preschool children and encourages them to make the most of their mental, spiritual, social, emotional, and physical development within a Christian environment. For more info click HERE or contact Director Shelley Rempson at 704-487-6357 or [email protected]
Early elementary children use the Montessori method to learn in Godly Play. The goal of Godly Play is to teach children the art of using religious language such as parables, sacred stories, silence and liturgical action to help interpret what happens in their daily lives. Storytellers encourage the children to enter into Bible stories and relate them to their personal experiences. Godly play is concerned with the spiritual development of each child as an individual and with appropriate moral behaviors expected of people living within the Christian community.
Third Graders are paired with an adult mentor and participate in a 2 month interactive class “Learning to Use My Bible”. Each week they move around in centers that help them to learn more about this special book.
Middle and Older Elementary
Middle and Older elementary children experience God’s Word every week using the Hands-On Bible curriculum, which emphasizes teaching as Jesus taught. Each lesson focuses on getting into the Bible and then responding to God through creative discussion and activities.
Junior Fellowship is designed for 4th and 5th graders. We meet on the first and third Sunday nights during the school year. Each session begins with a snack supper, lively, interactive games and Bible discussion. One year is devoted to learning the Books of the Bible. The second year focuses on life and faith issues.
Summer VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL takes place for five nights during the summer. VBS includes interactive Bible stories, crafts, video clips, discussions, supper and lots and lots of singing. NO pew sitting allowed!
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Rising 6th and 7th graders meet each Sunday from September to May. These classes are designed to help the learn more about what it means to be a Christian and also to be a member of the United Methodist Church. Each student embarks on this journey with a mentor who journeys along beside them. This class is currently meeting on Wednesday nights at 6:00 pm.
Camp Loy White was founded on May 6, 1962 by the White family and others as a memorial to their teenage son, Loy, who was tragically killed in an auto accident. Camp Loy White is owned by the Gastonia District of the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. The Camp Loy White committee oversees the management and operation of the camp. On May 6, 2012, the camp celebrated fifty years of ministry.
Visit our website at http://www.gbgm-umc.org/camploywhite
Girl Scouts— Girl Scouts meet at various frequencies and days of the week depending on the age group. Brownie troop leader is Wren Westbrook, Junior/Caddette is Heather White, Caddette/Senior is Liz Popwell and Caddette only is Andrea Wright. Contact Liz Popwell at [email protected] for more information.
Boy Scouts--Scout Master is Gary Romich, Assistant Scout Master is Randy Tuttle and other leaders are David Champion, Joel Hoard and Dana Lundquist. New Cub Master is David Crow. Both groups meet in the Porter Activity Center. Cub scouts meet on Monday evenings, Boy Scouts meet on Tuesday evenings. Our scout council website has more info at https://www.piedmontcouncilbsa.org/
Central has two Children’s Choirs; Butterfly Choir for 4 year olds to Kindergartners and Sonshine Choir for 1st-5th graders. Both Choirs meet on Wednesdays from 6-6:45 during the school year. Crossfire is for 6th-12th graders and meets on Sundays 4:30-5:30pm during the school year.
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