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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

New location for 2020!

Camp Patton Springs will be held May 15-17, 2020 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

Vacation Bible School is typically held in June, during the week after the last day of school. We are thrilled to be in collaboration with other area churches.



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.

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).

Safe Sanctuaries FUMC Full Policy