As Jesus said, "Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not." First United Methodist Church of Miami follows this statement, but also recognizes that folks don’t stop learning when they are no longer "little children." That is why the church has a whole range of learning and fellowship opportunities for all ages.
Beginning with the youngest children, parents are well pleased with our nursery. Found in Room 101, it is staffed with experienced personnel. It has the facilities necessary for loving care and oversight of infants. The nursery is available during the church school hour, beginning at 9:30, and during the morning service until 12 noon.
Sunday Morning Bible Studies:
Nursery care is available beginning at 9:30 a.m. for infants through 5 years old. For elementary children attending the 9:30 hour with their parents in Sunday School, the nursery is available for play and crafts until Children’s Church begins at 11:00.
Youth (grades 6–12) – Room 206
The Youth from grade six through twelve meet in Room 206. The Bible is the focus of study and is applied to the challenges of adolescence and all the changes taking place in their lives. When the rest of the world is in a state of flux and change, the solid foundation of God’s love revealed in the Bible is a welcome endowment.
There are three opportunities for adult education at 9:30 on Sunday mornings. Each of these classes offers something slightly different in terms of study and fellowship. All classes meet upstairs.
New Life – Library
A group of young adults meet in the Library for conversation, food, good coffee and Bible study. The atmosphere is informal, “come as you are,” and all are welcome. The group shares in teaching leadership and appreciates good conversation and dialogue about spiritual matters and beyond.
Inspiration Fellowship – Room 208
Among adult opportunities for inspiration is the Inspiration Class that meets in Room 208. This group is friendly and informal, as they study and participate in a variety of Bible-based materials. This class prides itself on being "different": combining study books with DVDs, occasional breakfasts at Bayside, an occasional movie, and even a visit to the beach (as Jesus did!).
Crusaders – Room 212
This class focuses its reflections on curriculum that provides deeper study of scripture. As they drink coffee/tea/hot chocolate and munch on pastry, they discuss the lesson. Past topics dealt with subjects from world religions to contemporary social issues. Currently, they are studying the Bible, book by book. This class is conversation based, rather than lecture. Everyone is encouraged to participate.