Petal UMC has a vibrant and active children’s ministry.  We seek to work with parents and families to lead our children into a life of faith and personal relationship with Jesus through spiritual formation, missions/service, and fellowship.
 
 
Sunday School
 
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Petal UMC uses the 252 Basics curriculum from Think Orange for Sunday School for our 1st-6th grade children. Each month we introduce a new and exciting theme designed to provoke discovery and invite kids into a new understanding of how to grow in relationship with Jesus. This curriculum also extends to our Wednesday night children’s activities. 
 
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Vacation Bible School
 
 
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Surf’s Up in 2016!!
 
VBS at Petal UMC has always been the highlight of the year in children’s ministries.  This years theme is Surf Shack and we will transform the church into an ocean of excitement as surfers and lifeguards glide through surfer-themed music, crafts, science projects,recreation, Bible stories and more.  We’re going to get them stoked about God’s mission in their lives.  
 
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Camp Wesley Pines
 
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Children and adults have enjoyed the serenity of Wesley Pines for more than 40 years. Many who returned year after year have passed the experience on to their children. Adults, who come hoping for renewal, find that lessons are learned, commitments are made, and faith is strengthened. They leave with fresh ideas and renewed spirits. Children, who come for the fun of camping leave with new skills, discovered talents, special friends, and unforgettable memories.  We provide opportunities for our children to attend both younger elementary and older elementary camp experiences.
 
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Mission Mondays (summer)
 
Mission Mondays provide our children the opportunity to develop a pattern of service to others.  On select Mondays during the summer they can be found serving at the Edwards Street Fellowship Center by packaging rice, beans, or pet food, picking blueberries, or cleaning up the nature trail.  They may be at Christian Services packaging bags of canned goods or fruit and helping out in the dinning hall.  Or they may be at the Edwards Street Thrift Store sorting donations.  These are just a few of the ways that they are learning to serve others in our community.
 
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Monthly Fellowship Events
Our monthly fellowship events include things like arts and crafts (always a favorite), visiting the pumpkin patch, swimming, and Easter egg hunts. We believe that by regularly engaging with one another, our children will build relationships that will hold them accountable to each other, promote positive influences ,and to help counter balance some of the negative effects of the world.
 
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