100 Lumpkin Campground Rd. S
Dawsonville, GA 30534
(706)-216-6220
Pastor David Sanders






Pre-School

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ethel United Methodist Church started its Pre-School Program in 1999.  During the last 18 years, Bethel has pursued and continued its vision of a ministry to pre-school children. The vision was inspired and guided by the teachings of the Holy Bible:

“Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.”  (Proverbs 22:6)

Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."  (Matthew 19:14)

“People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” 16 And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.  (Mark 10:13-16)

“People were also bringing babies to Jesus for him to place his hands on them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. 16 But Jesus called the children to him and said, Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 17 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”  (Luke 18:15-17)

Today, the vision of a special ministry for pre-school age children and its source remain the same as in 1999.

Being faithful to the vision, the specific goal before the congregation and the staff of the Pre-School Program is to maintain a warm, loving, and Christian based setting designed to provide early education to children of pre-school age.


Furthermore, our goal includes the Pre-School Program partnering with parents of pre-school age children in helping their child to develop:

  1. spiritually,
  2. intellectually,
  3. physically,
  4. emotionally and
  5. to achieve their full age-appropriate potential.

Coupled with the two goals mentioned, the Bethel Pre-School seeks:

  1. to encourage the unique development of each child,
  2. to provide an experience where children come to believe in themselves, their self-worth, and their ability to have a positive impact on the world around them,
  3. and to enable children to see themselves as creative, capable, critical thinkers.

Bethel’s Preschool commits itself to an inclusive pre-school ministry which serve children of pre-school age without regard to their race, language, ethnicity, gender, social, economic, or religious background.

*Bethel’s Commitment to our vision

Bethel’s commitment to our vision is reflected in how the Pre-School Program is structured and guided by the Pastor and congregation.

Bethel’s Pre-School Program is structured and guided by the “Pre-School Governing Board.”  This governing board is staff by the annual “Charge/Church Conference” of the Bethel Church.  The “Charge/Church Conference” determines the number of positions on the “Board” and the individuals within the congregation filling those positions.

The Chair of the Pre-School Governing Board is a member of the congregation’s “Council on Ministries” which oversees and guides all ministry programs within Bethel.

“Pre-School Governing Board” - What is it?  What does it do?  Who is it?

The Bethel Pre-School uses the “Guidelines for Leading Your Congregation, 2009-2012,” the 2013 “Discipline of the UMC (available 01/13), and other official publications published by the United Methodist Church to guide the pre-school ministries. 

Generally speaking, the Pre-School Governing Board oversees and governs all aspects of the Bethel Pre-School.  As the governing body for the school, the Board establishes policies and procedures that relate to the pre-school program.  The Pre-School Governing Board reports to the Council on Ministries and to the Pastor.

Specifically, the Pre-School Governing Board sees to the everyday functions of the Pre-School Program.  In doing so and in consultation with the Pastor, chooses the curriculum, establishes the days and hours, establishes the various tuitions and other related charges, oversees the marketing and advertising of the Pre-School Program and recruits teachers and staff members as needed. 

In regard to the calendaring of pre-school events, the Administrative Manager consults with Bethel’s Council on Ministries.

The Pre-School Governing Board is also responsible for training the pre-school teachers and other staff members.

The Pre-School Program Governing Board oversees the registration of students and all other matters relating to the students enrolled in the program.

Crucial to the Pre-School Program are the teachers and Administrative Manager.  The Pre-School Governing Board has the task of hiring and guiding the teachers and Administrative Manager, under the guidance of the SPRC and the Pastor.  The Pre-School Governing Board consults with the Pastor and Bethel’s Staff-Parish Relations Committee in all employment matters.  (The Pastor is the supervisor of all paid employees.)

The Pre-School Program Governing Board establishes the tuition, registration and activity fees charged to the parents.  Likewise, the Pre-School Program Governing Board establishes an annual operating budget for the Pre-School.

The Pre-School Program Governing Board is responsible to ensure that the facilities are always safe for the children, their families and the school staff.  In doing so, the Pre-School governing Board consults with the Pastor and Bethel’s Board of Trustees.

 *A Non-Profit Program
 
The Bethel Pre-School Program is a non-profit ministry of the Bethel UMC.  All funds received in excess of the operating expenses must be re-invested in children’s ministries at the Bethel.

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