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Current Opportunities

Virtual Children's Church

Each Sunday @10, we join together for a Bible lesson using Group Publishing's Dig In- Foundations of Faith curriculum. No extra materials are necessary, we use simple things around the home!


Let's take a hike! Youth (6th-12th graders) are invited for an afternoon of outdoor exploration on October 25 @1pm. Pastor Mary & Jessica will lead the ladies; while Alan & Jeff will lead the guys. Bring a water bottle and mask!

Sylva First Kids

This Halloween is certainly different! We are inviting the kids of Sylva FUMC to show off their costumes during our costume parade. Treat bags will be available to all participants. We are asking for volunteers to help with this event. RSVPs, masks and social distancing are required.  



Ages 0-3

Nursery services are available Sunday mornings 8:45-12:15 and for other special services and events throughout the year. 

Early Childhood

Pre-K to 5th Grade

During both worship services, children ages 4-8 are dismissed for Children's Church which includes a lesson, craft and other activities. Children attending the 9:00 service will remain in classroom for Sunday School immediately following the worship service. If a family chooses not to attend Sunday school, children should be picked up before 10:10 to avoid disruption of Sunday School.


Grades 6-12

The Sylva First United Methodist Church Youth Fellowship is a place where youth from 6th to 12th grade can come for food, fun, fellowship, and spiritual formation. Several special events happen throughout the year such as trips to concerts, amusement parks, hikes, and other activities. Youth that are 14 years old and older also have the opportunity to participate in a summer mission trip with the Bible Study, Appalachia Service Project & Camp Patton Springs.

Camp Patton Springs

Camp Patton Springs is POSTPONED until 2021.

New location for 2020!

Camp Patton Springs has been postponed due to covid-19, we are monitoring guidelines and hope to have a date in September. We will hold CPS at YMCA Camp Watia in Bryson City, NC.

Camp Patton Springs is a weekend adventure in May for all children and youth to develop their faith, spend time outdoors in God's creation, and fellowship with other followers of Jesus. While campers must be rising 2nd graders in order to spend the night, we offer a day program for those younger disciples who are itching to join in the fun.

Vacation Bible School

As of now VBS is postponed until further notice. We are closely monitoring guidelines.


Safe Sanctuaries Training & Policy

The United Methodist Church requires all of our staff and volunteers to attend Safe Sanctuaries training. The WNCCUMC offers free training for those who work with children & youth. We are pleased to offer access to this FREE self-guided online training (instructions may be found HERE).

Sylva FUMC Safe Sanctuaries Policy