- 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.
Our nursery serves children aged birth to 5 years on Sunday mornings during worship service 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
Sunday School is great time for sharing and learning for all age groups! We have three classes: Preschool K3 & K4, K5- 2nd Grade & 3rd- 5th Grade. Nursery is provided for children aged 2 and under.
Located on the first floor of the Education Building
More Ways to Get Involved
Children’s Choir – K5 to 5th Grade
Sundays 3:30- 4pm
Our Children’s Choir meets on Sundays from 3:30- 4 pm in room 205 of the Education building. They learn upbeat Christian songs and each year perform a Christmas Program. If you have a child that would like to participate in the Children’s Choir or if you need more information, please contact Erin Hiller.
God’s Knights – 2nd to 5th Grades
Sundays 4- 5pm
Grab your Bible and head to God’s Knights at 4pm on Sunday afternoons 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 2nd through 5th graders to come and participate in this special Bible enrichment ministry.
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.
Acolyte – 2nd to 6th Grades
To acolyte is one of the first acts of service for children to serve God in the church. We offer training on becoming an Acolyte and celebrate the service of our children when they graduate from the program. 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. Contact our Director of Children’s Ministries, Erin Hiller, for more information.
Vacation Bible School
Each summer our Children’s Ministry team and church family come together for VBS. Vacation Bible School is a themed program that surrounds children with other friends in their age-group and guides them through a faith-enriching program that includes crafts, recreation, music and group worship. We welcome all children that have completed K4 through 5th grade.
Missions are the heart of Bethesda, and we believe you are never too young to be the hands & feet of Jesus!
- Jesus Loves You! Valentine Event
- Spring Festival & Easter Egg Hunt
- Summer Fun Outings & Events
- Promotion Sunday
- Pumpkin Patch
- Fall Festival/Trunk-Or-Treat
- Christmas Program
- Cookies with Santa