An Illustrated Compassion "Learning to Love like GOD"

We will use a new curriculum for our elementary class during the summer. It shares some rich Biblical content featuring some creative artwork and coloring projects for the children. Lessons will be split into 3 modules as shown below, all focusing on our God who is “gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.”

Module 1 – Compassion in the Hebrew Scriptures: Many of you may have heard something like this before: “The God of the Hebrew Scriptures doesn’t feel like a very compassionate God….” And yet, the Hebrew Scriptures are filled with stories about the compassion that God has for God’s creation and humanity, and the ways in which God wants us to live compassionate lives. Our first module, Compassion in the Hebrew Scriptures shares with children those stories.

Module 2 – Compassion in the New Testament: Module 2 is Compassion in the New Testament, and we spend time in the Gospels and see how Jesus had compassion on his disciples and followers through a variety of different methods, including healing them.

Module 3 – Living a Compassionate Life: Finally, Module 3 is Living a Compassionate Life and will take us to a place of thinking more about the different ways God shows compassion (both in the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament) and the ways in which God’s people throughout scripture have shared compassion with others. This will then lead to a conversation that will help these children begin to think about how they can be more compassionate in the world.


Confirmation is an important opportunity in the lives of our youth. In the United Methodist Church, we baptize infants and welcome young children into the family of faith. Confirmation is an opportunity for those who were baptized as infants or those who have never been baptized to make a profession of faith on their own. We are all called to make an individual commitment of faith in Jesus and claim for ourselves all the promises He gives us. Confirmation is an intentional period of discipleship where youth can learn what it means to follow Jesus and commit their prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness to the church. Confirmation is a deeply valuable experience and vital for helping our young people know what they believe, why they believe it, and be able to tell others as well.

At Aldersgate UMC, we are committed to providing this experience for every young person who is part of our church. Of course, this is an experience that requires some commitment and dedication on the part of parents and youth as well. Faithful worship attendance, scripture readings, mentoring conversations, service requirements, and class participation are all vital elements of a successful Confirmation experience. As I have worked with youth in the church, one of my favorite days and proudest moments is when we can see them stand before the church and claim their faith in Jesus and express their commitment to following Him.

I wanted to take a moment to update you on the process for Confirmation at Aldersgate. As a staff we have had many conversations about the best way to guide youth through the Confirmation process. We have reflected on previous Confirmation experiences, learned about the best practices shared by other Confirmation leaders, and considered the state of adolescent development today. 

Considering all of this, we believe that Confirmation is best undertaken in the 7th grade. At this time, the students have already managed the difficult transitions of 6th grade and they will be better able to understand and apply what we teach due to their mental, emotional, and spiritual development at this age. In order to get there though, this means that we will not be holding Confirmation this year for our current 6th graders. While it may be difficult to wait a year, in the long run we believe it will have the biggest impact in their spiritual lives.

We are already making plans for our upcoming Confirmation class. We wanted to share with you that we will hold an information session in the late summer and early fall of 2017 to go over the Confirmation process and class schedule. The reason we are not having a class this spring is not because we see Confirmation as unimportant. Rather, we see Confirmation as so vitally important that we have to structure and plan the class that takes into account everything we know about the best teaching practices and the world our teenagers are experiencing.

If you have questions about Confirmation or would like to be part of the class as a student, teacher, or mentor, please contact Eric Prenshaw (

In Christ,

Eric Prenshaw

Director of Christian Formation

Wednesday Night Live for Kids ! 

Begins on September 13, Wednesdays from 6:30 – 7:30 pm * Music and Arts explorations each week!  For: Age 4 (Pre-K)-5th graders (Depending on registration, we’ll have one or two groups!) 

Led by: Nan de Andrade, assistants and varied Worship Artists from our own congregation! Assistants are also needed to simply add more love and care for the children as they learn.

Each week, we’ll enjoy Choir and discover worship arts! We will share our songs with the congregation about every 4-6 weeks, and we’ll share our worship arts as well. Check out our Shutterfly memories book on the Welcome Table in the Narthex to see the fun we had last year!


DANCE FOR JOY! Their session is in progress. If you’d like to join in the next time we set up a session, please let us know.

Sacred Dancers (Youth) – 

Young Dancers (2nd – 5th graders)– 

Contact Jordan at or Rev. Nan de Andrade at to find out more.

Summer Sunday School

Children’s Summer Sunday School

Combined classes: Preschool and Elementary . 

From June 11 through August 20 we will offer two children’s classes. 

Our Preschool class will be for 2 year olds through rising Kindergarten. They will study our usual Deep Blue Curriculum. Our elementary class will be for rising 1st-5th graders. They will use a new curriculum called Illustrated Compassion: Learning to Love Like God  


2-3 year old: Charlotte O’Brien

PreK-K: Evelyn Johnson

1st-2nd grade: Lara Rowland

3rd-5th grade: Sandra Reynolds


Since we are combining children’s Sunday School classes for the summer this will not effect where you attend class unless your child is a 2 year old ready to join the Sunday School program, a Kindergarten student moving up to the elementary level in 1st grade, or a 5th grader moving to the middle school class.