“Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.’”
~ Matthew 19:14
Children are an integral part of our faith community at University United Methodist Church. Children of all ages and stages are welcome to participate in every part of Sunday morning worship. By being present and active in worship, children feel the love of God, learn the liturgy, and develop personal faith. To support children’s experience and learning needs, Worship Centers with picture Bibles, drawing materials, and other quiet activity materials are located at most entrances to the sanctuary.
Experienced nursery and child care workers will welcome your child (babies to age 5) in the Preschool Wing, throughout Sunday morning worship services and Sunday school. Next door to the Nursery is our Sensory Room, available for use by anyone who needs a separate space to calm down or to seek sensory input. The SPACE room (your Safe, Peaceful and Calming Environment) has muted lighting, comfortable seating, and special sensory equipment for your use.
Sunday school for children 2 years old to 5th grade is offered weekly, in the Education Wing. 3rd graders in our congregation receive a Bible each fall. And each spring the 2nd grade Sunday school class learns about our worship service, including a focus on the sacraments of baptism and communion—this learning time concludes with the 2nd graders assisting in leadership of a worship service.
Children may assist in worship leadership as Bible bearers (3rd grade) or Acolytes (4th and 5th grades). Children are also encouraged to become lectors, and lead in worship by reading Scripture from the pulpit.
Children in K-1st grade are always welcome to join the Cherub Choir, and children 3rd-5th grades to join the Jubilee Choir.
Please contact Rebecca Dyck, Director of Children & Family Ministries.