THE WAY Overview

There is an old blessing from the time of Jesus: “May you be covered in the dust of your rabbi.” In Jesus’ time rabbis would often teach their disciples while walking on the dusty roads.  The idea of the blessing was that you would follow your rabbi so closely that you would be covered in the dust he kicked up while walking. The goal of following a rabbi was not simply to learn from his wisdom, but to think as he thought, to love what he loved, to value what he valued and to do what he did.


At Fenton United Methodist Church we want to take this blessing seriously because we think it is vital that all Christ's followers be continually formed in His image: to think like He thinks, to love as He loves, to values what He values and to do what He did.  At FUMC, this strategy for growing more and more into the image of Jesus Christ is called THE WAY. It calls us to partner together, church and family, adult and child, as peers and fellow pilgrims on the journey of following Jesus Christ.


THE WAY - Sunday

This is our Sunday morning opportunity for infants, children and youth that will happen during both the 9:30 and 11/11:05 services.


THE WAY - Wednesday

    Wednesday night is family night and we offer programs and studies for all ages.  Dinner will be served *once a month at 6:00pm where families can come together to enjoy a meal with other families in our church. *All other Wednesdays when there is not a big corporate meal for everyone, there will be a simple packed dinner available for kids who are involved in chimes or fusion to eat before THE WAY Wednesday programming begins.


After dinner there are activities for all from 6:30-8pm including Nursery (infants - preschool), Kids' Travel Guide (K-5th), FYI (6th - 12th) and multiple short term adult Bible studies led by pastor Jeff Jaggers and others. 



Click HERE to see THE WAY Timeline for a better understanding of this new Spiritual formation process.

  • THE WAY for Adults

    THE WAY for adults takes place on Wednesdays.  Wednesday evenings there will be several short-term studies running concurrently to offer a variety of choices for study.  For those who prefer a daytime Bible study, our Lead Pastor will teach the same Bible study on Wednesday at 1:00 PM that he is teaching in the evening.  From time to time, we will also offer Financial Peace University.

  • For babies and toddlers, THE WAY program will be called Arise and will be for infants - preschool.  Both on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings we want to create a safe, fun and inviting environment where we incite wonder in the heart of every child. The three basic truths we want ALL the kids to know by the time they transition into Kindergarten is

    1. God made me
    2. God loves me
    3. Jesus wants to be my forever friends
  • THE WAY for Children (K-5th)

    THE WAY Sunday for kids K-5th grade will be called 252 Kids Street and will consist of topical monthly lessons that will help children grow in:

    1. Wisdom
    2. Faith
    3. Friendship

    Here the kids will participate in large group worship, games, and story time. Then they will break out into small groups (according to age) to dive deeper into the bible story, pray together and grow in their understand and love of God.  Our goal is to provoke discovery in the heart of each elementary child.


    THE WAY Wednesday kids program will be called Kids' Travel Guide as we adventure through key scriptures and concepts of the Bible like the Lord's prayer, the fruit of the spirit, and the armor of God.  We will mimic the large group and small group (according to gender) format from Sunday's but will also include hands on, interactive stations to encourage the kids to engage in alone time with Jesus and teach them different spiritual disciplines.


    We are excited about the opportunity to better partner with parents and families in the process of spiritual growth and so there will be different resources we will be sharing through email, hard copies and social media to help YOU as the families continue the spiritual conversations at home.


    The Parent CUE app provides simple CUES throughout the week that remind you to pause and make the most of everyday moments.

    • Offers CUES for families with preschoolers and elementary-age kids
    • Parent Time section has videos, podcasts, and articles just for parents
    • Videos, activities, and discussion questions link to First Look and 252 Basics material
    • Content updates weekly
  • THE WAY for Youth

    Middle School (6th - 8th)

    THE WAY Sunday for middle schoolers (6th- 8th grade) will be called XP3 which will consist of applicable life lessons that help middle schoolers learn about God's truth in engaging ways.  Each month will be an exciting experience that will help them grow spiritually by studying the Bible, serving in local missions, or engaging in small group conversations.  The goal of XP3 is to develop a passion for community, for serving others, and for being a apart of God's story.


    THE WAY Wednesday program will help the middle schoolers develop friendships, while being in a safe and accepting community where they can thrive and grow into their own faith through fun games, activities and simple devotions.

  • THE WAY for Youth

    High School (9th - 12th)

    THE WAY Sunday for Fenton Youth Initiative (9th - 12th grade) will help high schoolers dig deeper into God's Word and learn how Scripture applies to their life through devotions, social time and local mission trips.  THE WAY will encourage and help youth to grow in relationships with God and each other.  The goal of THE WAY Sunday is for our youth to develop spiritual disciplines that will deepen their relationship with God.


    THE WAY Wednesday program will allow high schoolers to be in fellowship with their peers.  Wednesday  nights will be an entry point and a place where the youth can develop friendships and be themselves in a safe and loving community.  They will enjoy fun, enlightening activities and games that will help them to grow into a faith based youth community.

Fenton United Methodist Church

119 S. Leroy Street

Fenton, MI 48430

(810)629-2132

fentonumc.com