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Sarah Circle Thursday, Dec 3 @ 7:00 PM
Double Rings, JH, Kit. Thursday, Dec 10 @ 6:30 PM
Worship Committee, Library Saturday, Dec 19 @ 7:30 PM
Coordinating Council, JH, Kit Saturday, Jan 2 @ 11:30 AM
Sarah Circle Thursday, Jan 7 @ 7:00 PM

Children's Ministry

Children's Sunday School Classes 


During the COVID-19 health crisis, children and youth are invited to join the online Sunday School program and the online Sunday morning worship service.  


During online Sunday School on Nov. 22nd, we explored the story of Jacob who ran away from his angry twin Esau after pretending to be the eldest to get his father's blessing.  After a long journey, Jacob found a stone to lay on and rest.  Jacob dreamed that he saw God's messengers going up and down a staircase that looked like a ladder.  We learned that we can connect with God anywhere, at any time, and in ordinary places.     


During the Sunday morning Worship Service, Pastor Eva asked viewers what was more valuable for them: a money bank, five kernels of corn, a $50 gift card, or a box of chocolate.  While all are of value to different people for different reasons, she asked what might be of more value to God.  Pastor Eva said that five kernels of corn could grow into food which can benefit many people.   She shared that faith, fellowship and sharing food with others, and showing thankfulness is very valuable to God. 



Nov. 29 - Online Sunday School will be at 9:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.   



During In-Person Worship Sundays --------------------------------------------------------


Infants, Toddlers and Pre-School:

In this classroom, Sunday Schoolers color lesson pages, hear and read stories about Jesus, enjoy a snack, and have fun playing with toys and playground equipment. 


Early Elementary: 

The early elementary class for Kindergarten through 2nd grade is family-friendly and fun!  The teachers are kind and caring.  Children learn about The Bible in ways that are understandable for younger ages. 


Older Elementary:

3rd through 5th graders learn about how to find things in The Bible and read stories from it. They do crafts (like playing with clay), play games, cook food, and act out stories from The Bible.


Middle School:

6th through 8th graders learn about stories from The Bible and relate lessons to everyday life, learn Manners Moments, and play games like Apples to Apples and Scrabble (Bible versions!).


High School:

9th through 12th grades share highs and lows from the week, explore scripture lessons, and reasons for those concepts. They ask questions and discuss scenarios related to The Bible.



Children's Music Programs

View our Children’s Music Programs 


After the COVID-19 health crisis passes, we look forward to resuming music programs for children and youth!


The Carol Choir welcomes 2nd through 6th graders to share the gifts of their voices through songs of joy.   Practices are held after Sunday School in the Music Room under the direction of Diane Lucas.  The Carol Choir performs once a month at the beginning of worship service, as well as during the Christmas Eve Family Service.


The Youth Bell Choir under the direction of Carolyn Noonchester and the Youth Choir under the direction of Janice Clark are preparing to help lead the Youth Worship Service on Sun., Nov. 1.  



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Photo: Youth Musical, June 2019



Volunteer Opportunities


Middle School and High School youth serve as acolytes during Communion Sunday, assist with monthly Children's Church classes, help with summer Sunday School, and get involved with other church and community opportunities such as Family Promise and the Sierra Service Project.



Special Events

Trunk or Treat: What would Halloween be without lots of treats?!  At CGS, lots of treats are handed out from lots of Halloween-decorated car trunks in the west church parking lot.  In 2019, “Trunk or Treat” was held Oct. 31 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and provided a fun and safe trick-or-treating environment for kids of all ages!


Advent: Children receive their very own Nativity scene crèche sets during the Advent season leading up to Christmas. Children in Kindergarten through 6th grades receive part of their crèche sets at a church-wide Adornment program.  Children receive additional figures during subsequent Advent seasons until they complete their crèche sets by 6th grade.


Christmas Eve Family Pageant: Children of all ages tell the story of the birth of baby Jesus through narration, pantomime and music.  The Pageant includes performances by the Carol Choir, Youth Bell Choir and Youth Choir.


Easter:We enjoy celebrating Easter with a beautiful sunrise service led by the United Methodist Youth Fellowship group, special Sunday School classes, and an egg-citing Easter Egg hunt!



400 W. Duarte Rd Arcadia, CA 91007      [email protected]      (626) 447-2181
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