Children’s Ministries

The Grove

Welcome to Bethesda UMC Children’s Ministry - Growing Young Hearts and Minds
Our MISSION is to:
  • Meet children on their own developmental levels.
  • Teach them of Christ's love and grace.
  • Equip them to serve and love others.
  • Nurture their spiritual growth.
  • Help them to rely on God's word and guidance.

“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”
– Colossians 2:6-7

Our VISION for children is that they will:
  • Come to know Christ and experience His love.
  • Understand and trust in His Word.
  • Grow in His grace and plant deep roots in His church.
  • Extend Christ's love to others.
Sprouts Nursery

Our nursery serves children aged birth to 4 years on Sunday mornings during both worship services and Sunday School. Our nursery workers are Safe Sanctuary certified, have childcare experience, and are friendly and compassionate followers of Christ who wish to plant seeds in the lives of our children leading them to grow up in Christ’s love.

Sunday School Classes
10:00 to 10:50am

Our Children’s Sunday School classes will be using the Deep Blue Kids curriculum. “Deep Blue is a new awe-inspiring resource for children which includes adventure, exciting stories, science experiments, arts and crafts, animated video storytelling, and active games-all combined into a living-faith experience that will help children discover what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ today!” – Cokesbury

Located on the first floor of the Education Building

Pre-K: The Seedlings
K5 & 1st: The Saplings
   2nd & 3rd: Buds and Blossoms
4th & 5th: The Vine

More Ways to Get Involved

Camp Christ  – Preschool to 5th Grade

Wednesday Evenings 6:15 to 7:45

Join us for Wednesday night fellowship and Bible study during the school year. After dinner with their parents, classes are available for children ages preschool through 5th grade. Each month we offer a new series focused on the Bible, but also relevant to the issues our students face daily! They will explore the Bible through hands-on learning featuring games, activities, crafts, and skits. We hope to have you join us for Camp Christ!

God’s Knights – 3rd to 5th Grades

Sunday Evenings at 6:00

Grab your Bible and head to God’s Knights at 6:00pm on Sunday evenings during the school year! The God’s Knights Ministry allows our children to get a good foundation of the Bible and dig deeper into each book of the Bible. We encourage all 3rd through 5th graders to come and participate in this special Bible enrichment ministry. The Knights meet on Sunday evenings with dinner at 5:30 pm, then class from 6:00-7:00 pm.

Children’s Choir – K to 5th Grade

Wednesday Evenings at 5:45

Our Children’s Choir meets Wednesday evenings at 5:45 pm to learn upbeat Christian songs, performed during worship every three months. Under the direction of Heather Turner and Jeanne Bollinger, our children learn to lift their voices to the Lord and praise Him through music. If you have a child that would like to participate in the Children’s Choir, come to the Sanctuary on Wednesday evenings at 5:45 pm. The Children’s Choir is for children Kindergarten through 5th grade.

Acolyte – 2nd to 6th Grades

Sunday Mornings

To acolyte is one of the first acts of service for children to serve God in the church. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Courtney Barnes, Director of Children’s Ministries, at We offer trainings on becoming an Acolyte and celebrate the service of our children when they finish Acolyting. After serving as acolytes, youth often “graduate” to the youth group through Promotion Sunday. If you have a child/youth in 2nd through 6th grade, please encourage them to participate in our Acolyte Ministry. The service rotation is every other month.

Special Events

Vacation Bible School

Each summer our Children’s Ministry team and church family come together to put on VBS. Vacation Bible School is a themed week-long program that surrounds children with other friends in their age-group and guides them through a faith-enriching program that includes crafts, recreation, and music rotations, as well as group worship and dinner. It is offered once a summer, usually in the evenings, and is open to ages nursery through 5th grade.

Messy Nights

Featuring inflatables, messy games, treats, and special surprises, Messy Night is an evening of fellowship as families and children of all ages gather to celebrate the messiness of life—and the clarity Jesus provides!


  • Easter Eggstravaganza
  • May Mission Madness
  • Promotion Sunday
  • Fall Festival/Trunk-Or-Treat
  • Christmas Program

Creating a Safe Environment

Here in The Grove, safety comes first. We care deeply about our volunteers and children, believing that a safe and caring environment is the best place to encounter the Lord.

All of our volunteers and leaders complete Safe Sanctuary training through the UMC. They submit background checks and are placed according to the gifts God blessed them with. Trainings are offered quarterly.