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CONTACT: Barb Grauberger, Director of Children's Ministry

(970)-482-2436 x24


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CONTACT: Barb Grauberger, Director of Children's Ministry

(970)-482-2436 x24


Note: Click on a tab/button below to view each ministry category.


Children's Ministry

Welcome to Sunday School at First Church!

Children's Sunday School:  We believe that in order to grow authentic, lasting faith, kids need a place to belong and someone to believe in them.  To that end, we employ the Orange strategy that combines the two primary influences in a child's life: the home and the church.  Alone these two work hard to ensure that every child has a better future BUT when combined- They make the greatest impact!


Child Check-In: During our 9:30 worship service, all children from preschool through grade 6 are checked in at the Kid's Welcome Desk located at the south enterance.  Following check-in kids from preschool through grade 4 accompany their parent/caregiver to the sanctuary for the beginning of the worship service.  Following the Children's Message, kids are escorted to their classrooms by either parent/caregivers (preschool) or shepherds (kinder-4th grade).  Kids in grades 5-6th go downstairs to the Youth Wing immediately after check-in for CLUB 56.  Parents/caregivers pick-up their children from their classes following the worship service.


First Kid's Club (the first Sunday of every month): Every first Sunday kids in kinder-6th grade go upstairs to the Cinema Center following the Children's Message for an engaging, interactive and super fun Large Group experience. Kids are then brought back to the Sanctuary just before communion so that they may participate in communion with their parents/guardians.  Preschool children may be checked into the Nursery prior to the 9:30 service.  


All other Sunday Mornings:


Ages 3-5: Preschool Children ages 3-5 are invited to encounter God's love weekly in first floor classrooms. Parents/Caregivers check-in their children prior to the 9:30 service at the Kid's Welcome desk at the south enterance.  Children then accompany their parent/caregiver in to the Sanctuary.  Following the Chilren's message, parents/caregivers may escort their children to Room 121.   


Kindergarten-4th Grade: Children in kindergarten through 4th grade are upstairs in The Village classrooms. They begin their time together with a Large Group experience in the Cinema Center, followed by Small Group activities in individual classrooms.  We believe faith grows best in relationships.  We invite your kids to grow with us in community with each other and with God.  


Club 56: We believe that transitions are tough , particularly the transition from Children's ministry to Youth Group.  Club 56 offers 5th and 6th grade students a place to belong now to prepare them for the transition into Youth Group.  After checking students in at the Welcome Desk, they go right downstairs to the Youth Wing for Small Group, and of course, donuts!!!







No matter what your interests are, there is a place for you in Children's Ministry! Love to organize? Build things? Sing with kids? Contact Barb Grauberger for details on the many opportunities to make a difference in the lives of children at FUMC!


Children and Family Events

The Children & Family Council at FUMC works to promote the spiritual growth of all children and families here by supporting them through diverse programs, parents support and child advocacy. The CFC sponsors events that encourage community through fellowship. Some of our annual events include:


Easter Egg Hunt: In April, this festive event encourages children in our church and community to come together to celebrate Easter with egg hunting, music, crafts, and treats!


 Vacation Bible School:One week in June is set aside for a special themed VBS here at First Church, featuring engaging music, loving teachers, and creative ways of learning about the Bible and God's character!  


Children’s Sabbath: In this annual service to honor children, children help lead worship by serving as liturgists, ushers, greeters and musicians to create a child-friendly and interactive service. Usually held in October.  This year (2019) Children's Sabbath will be held on Sunday, October 13


Advent Workshop: During this fabulously fun afternoon, families participate in making crafts to celebrate Jesus' birth. Other highlights include tunes by the Stover Street Stompers, a pizza lunch, and, and hay rides! 





Laurie Elliott , Childcare Coordinator



Mission statement

The mission of First United Methodist Church childcare is to establish a safe, secure, loving and nurturing Christian environment for little ones to play and learn in.  A child’s first experience of “church” is often in the nursery.  Our goal is for the experience to be positive and rewarding for both child and parents.  We believe that providing quality childcare is a vital part of our church’s ministry.


Childcare staff

Our childcare staff is experienced and love children.  We have assembled a dynamic, diverse group of caregivers to help meet the varying needs of your children.  The staff is CPR and First Aid certified.  There are a minimum of two staff members scheduled for all church services and specific events.  We follow licensure rules closely, but we are not a licensed program.  This means that YOU CANNOT LEAVE THE BUILDING while you are in the nursery.  


My child’s experience

We provide safe, age appropriate toys and books, which are sanitized regularly.  Older children have access to crayons, paper, art supplies, games and puzzles.  Our changing table, high chairs and cribs are clean and safe.  The nursery is also equipped with a fenced in outdoor playground with age appropriate equipment for outdoor fun. 



Snacks are served if needed or if a child is in the nursery for more than 90 minutes.  Parents are more than welcome to provide their child with a snack.  Please inform the caregivers if your child needs a bottle or a snack at other times.  Inform caregivers about any allergies your child might have.


Parents as partners

Your children will be welcomed into the nursery by a childcare staff member.  If needed we are available to help you child transition to the nursery as easily as possible.  Please sign your child in by filling out all of the information on the sign-in sheet.  We need the child’s name and age.  Please make note of special comforts, blankets, pacifiers, bottles etc.  Make the caregiver aware of any allergies or health issues.  LABEL EVERYTHING!  Including your child!  You will also be given a pager if you choose.  We CANNOT let a child go with anyone except the person who signed them in unless prior instruction has been given by the person dropping off.  We encourage parents to remain outside of the gate when dropping off.  This is a matter of safety for the children.


What to bring

Change of clothes, 2 diapers, bottle/sip cup, security items, special comfort items, and a special snack if needed. 


Healthy and Happy  

As a childcare facility, we provide care for many different children which leads to many different germs.  We are diligent in our efforts to keep the nursery as clean and healthy as possible.


Health Care Procedures

We request that parents keep their children out of the nursery if they exhibit any of the following symptoms within the last 24 hours.  The following list is NOT all-inclusive but general guidelines.
*Green/colored runny nose
*Questionable rash
*Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
*Sore throat
*open sores
*Chicken Pox
*Persistent biting

If a caregiver suspects any of these conditions, you will be asked to pick up your child immediately.  If your child demonstrates or is diagnosed with a childhood disease (Measles, Mumps, Chicken Pox, Pink eye, etc.) after being in the nursery within the previous week please notify the Childcare Coordinator immediately.  This allows us to notify other parents of children and staff regarding potential health issues.  When a child is on antibiotics, he/she should be on the medication for a minimum of 24 hours prior to attending childcare.


Contacting the Nursery 

It is our goal to provide childcare in the nursery for church events on an as needed basis.  There is always childcare provided for church services.  If you are unsure whether childcare is goingto be provided please check with the office or Nursery Coordinator.  If you need to schedule childcare, please do so by the 15th of the month prior.  Forms are available in the office or you may contact the Nursery Coordinator directly.




Kelly Boettger, Preschool Director



About the Preschool



Website: Preschool Website


First United Methodist Co-op (FUMC) Preschool has provided a high quality, nurturing and professional preschool program for children of the greater Fort Collins region for 50 years.  Parents and teachers of FUMC Co-op Preschool work together to provide a quality, developmentally appropriate preschool program for children. Parents assist as classroom helpers, serve on committees, and may serve on the Parent Advisory Board.


 FUMC Preschool is licensed through the Colorado Department of Human Services. It is an outreach program of First United Methodist Church (FUMC).  Members of FUMC see our preschool as a way to live out the message of God’s love in the community.  It is a ministry of the church which cares for children, shows concern for families, and provides support and nurturing for its congregation and for the surrounding community. 

FUMC Preschool offers a variety of class days and times to fit your schedule. Maximum class size is 18 children for each class. We have a teacher and two parent helpers in each class every day, giving us a low adult:child ratio of 1:6. Our school year is from Labor Day to Memorial Day and we closely follow the PR-1 school calendar throughout the year. 



Our goal is to provide a safe, happy and developmentally appropriate place for your child to cultivate his/her own unique talents during his/ her preschool years, to develop socialization skills that will assist him/her in interacting in a school environment and to encourage an appreciation and awareness of God’s love.  Our school and curriculum are Christian-oriented but do not emphasize a particular denomination. The preschool day includes a balance of guided play activities, creative art work, music, outdoor play, conversation, story time, dramatic play, snack, and group activities. Our teaching emphasis is on socialization and developing self-confidence, a love of learning and a curiosity about the world.


Primary Classes

(must be 3 years old by September 15th) 
Monday & Wednesday...........9:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m. 
Tuesday & Thursday.............9:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m. 
Monday, Wednesday & Friday..9:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m. 


Pre-Kindergarten Classes

(must be 4 years old by September 15th) 
Monday, Wednesday & Friday..9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
Monday - Thursday..............9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 


Parent's Day Out


Contact Form: http://www.mothersdayoutfumc.org/contact-us/

Phone: 970-482-2436

Address:  1005 Stover Street  Fort Collins, CO 80524

Website: Parent's Day Out Website


Monday, Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday : Closed

Tuesday, Thursday: 9am to 2:30pm
Friday: 9am to 1pm




Parent's Day Out started out 35 years ago as an outreach program of First United Methodist Church. The goal was to provide a safe and nurturing place where parents could feel good about leaving their children for a few hours while they kept appointments, shopped or just had some time alone. Thirty five years later, Mother’s Day Out continues to provide a valuable service to the community, by providing excellent child care on a drop in basis, allowing parents to a few hours off time and offering and environment where young children can grow in mind and body.



Parent's Day Out offers Fort Collins daycare for families looking for drop-in or part-time child care. We serve children ages 1 and fully walking through 6 years of age. Children are placed in age appropriate classrooms staffed with caring teachers.



Parent's Day Out follows the Poudre Valley school district calendar and is open when school is in session. We are closed on the days when Poudre Valley school district is closed.


For age 1 and fully walking:
Tuesday 9am – 1pm
Thursday 9am – 1pm

For age 2:
Tuesday 9am – 1pm
Thursday 9am – 1pm
Friday 9am – 1pm

For ages 3-6:
Tuesday 9am – 2:30pm
Thursday 9am – 2:30pm
Friday 9am – 1pm


If your child is staying past noon please bring a sack lunch.


Kid's Closet

 kids closet logo

The Kids’ Closet is now open Wednesdays 3PM – 6PM and Saturdays 9AM – 12PM, and by appointment. 


Armario los niños ya está abierto los miércoles 15:00-18:00 y los sábados 09 a.m.-12 p.m. , y con cita previa .



The Kids' Closet is an outreach ministry of FUMC that provides gently used clothing for children sizes newborn - 16 to community members at no charge


(Un ministerio de el Concilio de Niños y Famila de la Iglesia FUMC, ropa usada muy moderada—para niños de todos los tamaños sin ningún costa para usted)

  • We are open Wednesdays (Miércoles) from 3:00-6:00 p.m. and Saturdays (Sabado) from 9:00 a.m.-noon.
  • Located in the basement of the church, in the administrative wing
  • Always accepting donations of NEW socks/underwear, diapers, gently used clothing, outerwear, shoes/boots, baby blankets, and toys. At this time we cannot accept baby equipment due to space constraints. Donations can be left in the box at the foot of the stairs leading to the choir room in the basement. Thank you!
  • We are always looking for volunteers! If you have a heart for children in our community, please consider becoming involved in one of the following ways:
  • Volunteering to host a shift as your schedule allows!
  • Helping get the word out at schools and community resources- please refer local families to the Kids’ Closet!
  • Donating children’s toys/books/crayons/coloring books so children have something to do when they visit with their parents!


Please stop in and visit us, and spread the word in the community about the Kids' Closet!

Thank you!

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