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Father-Daughter Dance

Typically held in February, the annual Father-Daughter Dance is a special night for all fathers in our community to share an evening of joy, laughter, and love with their daughters. This event is open to everyone in the community.

Camp Patton Springs

A tradition 38 years in the running, 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

Vacation Bible School was held June 10th-14th from 9 am-12 pm at Bridge Park for pre-k-5th grade and special programming for youth 6th grade and older.  We were thrilled to collaborate with First Baptist, First Presbyterian, St. John's Episcopal and The Summit!



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

Ages 4-8

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.

Big Kids

Grades 3-5

Rising third graders are promoted from Children's Church and are asked to remain in the worship service. We celebrate their presence and encourage spiritual growth through passionate worship. There are opportunities for our "big kids" to serve during worship from serving as greeters to reading scripture. We encourage our 3rd-5th graders to attend Sunday school directly following worship, where they can continue to grow in their understanding of Christian faith.


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.