Welcome to University Kids—a ministry for kids and their families! We exist to glorify God by partnering with parents and families to develop lifelong followers of Jesus Christ. And, we have lots of fun!
On Sunday mornings, the Atrium on the South side of the campus is alive with busy little bodies and lots of energy—and we love it! If you are new, please come to the Children’s Welcome Desk where staff and volunteers look forward to meeting you and your family and helping you find just the right spot for everyone!
8am -12pm | Kids Building; South Side of Campus
9am-12pm | North Side of Campus Nursery
We offer childcare for children 2-months through 2-year- old. Nursery consists of rooms that group children by month of birth and developmental characteristics. The transfer of a child into the next room is based on their developmental skills and made in consultation with the Nursery Supervisor.
We request that your child have their first set of immunizations before being left in the nursery.
About Our Caregivers
All of our caregivers are Christian, CPR and First Aid certified, have been trained on our Nursery policies and procedures, are at least 16 years of age, have been screened by a back ground check, and have experience working with children. For the safety of our children, at least 2 caregivers will always be staffed in each room.
Early Christian Awareness
The goal of Early Christian Awareness is to increase each child's awareness and perception of God's wonderful world using a variety of visual, auditory, tactile and other sensory methods developed by modern educators.
9:30-10:30am | Children’s Building; South Side of Campus
We offer Sunday School classes for toddler, preschool, and grade school children at 9:30am. We use The Gospel Project for Kids curriculum because we believe it helps kids learn about God’s BIG story—His passionate pursuit of His people throughout the Bible—so that we can understand God’s BIG love for us His children. Every Sunday your children will learn that all of the Bible points back to Jesus Christ and that every story is part of God’s BIG story.
11am-12pm | Children’s Building; South Side of Campus
This program is for children 2-years - Kinder. In 1st Worship, children learn the elements of worship in hopes that very soon they will be ready to attend worship services with their families.
Our belief at University United Methodist Church is that children best learn about God and how to worship Him by experiencing worship with their families. For this reason, we offer Sunday school at 9:30am only and encourage families to worship together at the 11am service.
There is childcare available for children under 2 at 11am.
Wednesday Night Kids (3rd-5th)
6:30-7:45pm | McCreless Gym; South Campus
Wednesday Night Kids is a program for 3rd-5th graders. The kids can look forward to playing organized games, memorizing scripture, hearing a Bible lesson in a large group setting, then creating lasting friendships through smaller peer groups discussions. We also have a Kidpack service opportunity each month, during which our Wednesday Night Kids pack small parcels of food to benefit Locke Hill Elementary students who have been identified as food insecure.
Wednesday Night Kids Jr. (K-2nd)
6:30-7:45pm | Second Floor of Kids Building; South Side of Campus
Much like Wednesday Night Kids (3rd-5th), our junior program aims to create a space for kids to engage in Biblical community and begin to understand God’s love for them by engaging in tactile activities, organized games, Bible story and scripture. Our Kinder – 2nd grade group follows along with the same lessons as their older peers and siblings in a developmentally appropriate manner.
Wednesday Night Kids Preschool (3, 4 & pre-kinder 5-year-olds)
6:30-7:45pm | First Floor of Kids Building, South Side of Campus
This program is designed to encourage preschool aged children to begin connecting with their church community. Like our other Wednesday Night programs, there will be games and a Bible lesson, but everything will be suited to the developmental age range of this group.
Wednesday Night Childcare
6-8pm | First Floor of Kids Building; South Side of Campus
Childcare is available for ages 2-months - 2-years
We have a variety of different opportunities for your children to get involved in the music ministry at University. For more information about children's choir and handchimes, visit our Traditional Music Ministry Page.
Parent's Night Out
Kids Ministry invites children from the ages of 6-months through 5th grade to join us for a night of fun. Parent's Night Out is held one Friday most months and lasts from 6:30-10:30pm. Parents can drop off their children at the church for a night out and know their children are having fun in a safe, Christian environment!
If you would like to sign your child up for Parent's Night Out, please register online. Space is limited due to classroom ratios, and reservations are taken on a first come, first served basis. The cost is $12 for the first child and $10 for each additional child. Parent's Night Out is a great opportunity for your child to have a fun evening while offering you an evening out!
Kids Ministry Staff
Associate Kids Ministry - Early Childhood Education
Coordinator - Kids Ministry
Associate Kids Ministry - Elementary Ed
Asst. Director of Kids Ministry
Director of Kids Ministry
A Note about Safety
Rest assured that your children are cared for by screened and trained leaders, teachers and staff. If at any time you have a concern, please look for one of our staff members at the Children’s Welcome Desk.