A message from your new Children's Ministry Director, Lauren Battalora:

I am Lauren Battalora. I am a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church of Amite. I am the daughter of Ginger Battalora and the late Charles Battalora. I have an eleven year old son, Jalen. I am a 4th grade teacher at Amite Elementary Magnet School. I am excited to follow God's plan for my life as your new Children's Ministry Director.

Sunday Mornings

Nursery - Our nursery is provided so that your child can remain in a safe, comfortable, and nurturing environment while you participate in Sunday School, worship, and other church activities.  

Infant Room:  This room is for children under 12 months who are not yet walking.  Furnished with two cribs, play mats, soft toys, swings, bouncers, and walkers, your little one is sure to find their niche in this comforting and playful environment.

Toddler Room:  This room is for our walkers, climbers, and toddlers up to 3 years old.  With lots of toys, books, pretend play and a brand new outdoor playground, energetic tots, twos, and threes have a blast in a fun and Christian environment.


Our Nursery Staff, Blair Reid, Amanda Reisner, Sarah Urquhart and our Nursery Manager Pat Urquhart, love nurturing your children while you are away.  Each of them are CPR certified and attend yearly nursery trainings.  For your child’s safety, parents must sign their children in and out of the nursery. Parents are encouraged to label all personal items with your child’s name.

Sunday School (10 am) - Our Sunday school program provides a child-friendly and loving atmosphere in which children of all ages can learn about God's love through Biblically based lessons.  

"Tots Landing" is a class taught by Ms. Sara Brumfield who is passionate about teaching our youngest ones who Jesus is and how much He loves them. In this class they learn Bible stories while playing games, singing songs, and making crafts.  Look for a take home handout that will help you connect with your child over the weeks Bible story at home.  This class is structured for those who turn 2 years old by August 1st through Pre-K 3.

"The Doorway,"
our ministry opportunity for children in Pre-K4 through 4th Grade, is located in Room E102. 

Children in PreK4-Kindergarten begin by gathering together as one large group in their classroom for short activities and games. At 10:20, this group proceeds to The Doorway for Bible stories presented through media and energetic Sunday school leaders.  After the story, they return to their classroom for more fun!

Children in grades 1st through 4th gather as one large group at 10am in The Doorway for Bible stories presented by energetic Sunday School leaders and media then transition into age-specific small groups where a teachers travels with them to their classroom and engages them in hands-on Bible story games, crafts, and activities. 

Club 56: Children in 5th and 6th grades gather at 10am in The Doorway. There they participate in the telling of the Bible story. After their time at The Doorway, Club 56 proceed to their classroom where they learn about the Christian life through a United Methodist lens in fun and interactive ways. 

Youth at FUMC
Jr. YOUTH: 7th-8th Grade
Sr. YOUTH: 9th-12th Grade

     Sunday Morning Youth 
Come to Youth Space and enjoy some down time, donuts and a devotional where Jenean will answer any questions you may have about your faith. 

      Sunday Evening Youth 
SNL - Sunday Night Live! 5:30 PM
Come and chill before heading back to school each week. There's always something fun going on - team building challenges, free time, surprise outings, and devotionals. It's a great time to build Christian community! Friends are ALWAYS welcome!!

Children's Time (11:00 am Worship) - Children of all ages are invited forward during worship for a short child-focused lesson.  You are welcome to come forward with your child if your child (or you!) are scared or nervous.

Children's Church (11:00 am Worship) - Children PreK3-3rd grade are invited to The Doorway for games, activities, and lessons inspired by the Bible.  (Children are dismissed from worship immediately following Children's Time.)


Wednesday Evenings

After a meal offered at 5:30, during The Gathering (a time for fellowship and growth opportunities) we have many opportunities for children to learn more about God and his love.

     Nursery is open from 5:30-7:30 for Infants - Preschoolers to play in age specific environments.

     God's Gang, once an after school growth opportunity, has moved to Wednesday nights after dinner from 6:15-7:30pm.  This is a time when K-4th graders fellowship, play games, participate in crafts, sing songs and hear stories all inspired by the Bible.  Here children learn to make wise choices, learn to trust God no matter what, and learn how to treat others through the amazing stories of the Bible. captivates, inspires, engages, and encourages a Christian faith in our 5th & 6th graders.  Club56 gather for fellowship, games, and teamwork activities that lead them through scripture.  All week long, with parent's permission, students stay engaged in the story of God's love and with others as they interact on a private and protected social website customized for the Club56 group at First UMC, Amite.

     Youth MID-Week Dive!
Every Wednesday Night from 6:20-7:30, we will dive deep into some relevant and life changing topics. Take a time out from all that school-week drama and plunge into discussion that will leave you refreshed to finish the week on a positive note!