Welcome to Bethesda UMC Children’s Ministry - Growing Young Hearts and Minds
- 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
Creating A Safe Environment
We believe that a safe and caring environment is the best place to encounter the Lord.
All leaders & volunteers are Safe Sanctuary certified with background checks.
More Ways to Get Involved
Ages 3 to 5th Grade
Sundays 3- 3:30pm
Our Children’s Choir meets during the school year on Sundays from 3- 3:30pm 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.
Children’s Sunday Schedule
Ages Preschool- 5th Grade
Sundays 3:30- 5pm
Every Sunday, children of all ages will meet for a time of learning about Jesus and fellowship with one another. This is open to children of all ages, from nursery age- 5th grade. Children may be signed in and dropped off, or families can stay together.
3:30-4:00 pm- Snack and Story– We will gather in the dining room for snacks, a Bible story, and a related activity to help us remember what we learned!
4-5:00 pm- Open Gym– Every week you will find toys, crafts, basketballs and more available! This time is just about having fun!
God’s Knights 2nd Sunday
Dinner & Bible Study
2nd to 5th Grades
2nd Sunday of the Month 5- 6pm
We meet the second Sunday of each month for dinner & Bible Study. 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. Meets in the lower level of the Education Building in the God’s Knights room.
2nd to 6th Grades
Sundays During Traditional Service
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