We partner with parents to invite your child to experience God’s love

Our Hyde Park location is closed until further notice, but you can stay in t ouch with us on our Facebook page. Also, we have some resources for you and your family to worship together from wherever you are.

New Here?

Greeters are available in the Wesley Center Lobby every Sunday and Wednesday during programming. They will direct you to computer check-in stations to get a personalized name tag and receipt for pick up.

Events + Activities



8:30 a.m.
6 Weeks – 4 Years
, Wesley Center First Floor

9:30, 11 a.m.
6 Weeks – 2 Years
, Wesley Center First Floor

A place where our littlest disciples will hear the word of God through Bible stories, followed by age-appropriate crafts, coloring and activities. The hour is wrapped up with fellowship around the snack table and joyful fun as friends join together in play.

Sunday Morning Live

9:30 and 11 a.m.
Preschool (3-4-K)
, Wesley Center Second Floor
Grades 1-5, Wesley Center Third Floor

Exciting, upbeat, fun, educational — Sunday Morning Live is children’s worship and small group connection time all in one exciting hour!

  • Upbeat worship time
  • Age-specific small groups
  • Bible stories
  • Practical lessons
  • Multi-sensory activities
  • Ways to experience God while having fun

Sunday Night Live

5:30 p.m. The Portico campus
Kindergarten – Grade 5

Live from Downtown, it’s Sunday Night!

  • Experience God in a relaxed, fun environment
  • Playful games
  • Kid-friendly meditation
  • Bible Stories
  • Small group connections

Elementary age kids will join the Children’s Ministries team on the second floor of the Connections Building for age-appropriate programming including Bible stories, games and meditation.

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Wednesday night programming resumes on Sept. 18 and will continue though  May 13, 2020. 

Nursery and Child Care

6-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays
Ages 6 weeks – 2 Years, 
Wesley Center Rooms 102-3

Available while parents are serving or participating in a small group. Reservations are suggested so we can provide a safe and warm environment for our children and staff, as well as be good stewards of our budget.

The Zone and Jr. Zone

Grades 1-3 (The Zone) and 3-4-K (Jr. Zone)
6:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. – May

Wesley Center Rooms 306 (The Zone) / 208 (Jr. Zone)

Children have fun learning more about their faith and how to apply it to their everyday lives.

Club 45

Grades 4-5, 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays (Sept.– May)
Wesley Center Room 308

A relational ministry especially designed for fourth and fifth graders.

  • Relevant topics
  • Hang out with friends
  • Learn about Jesus
  • Engaging prayer time
  • Special field trips
  • Fun together

Small Blessings Preschool

Our weekday preschool serves children from two to five years of age, Sept. – May.


Classes and Groups for Families

Birth to Preschool Parents:
Teach your child about faith early on

Baptism Classes
First Wednesday of every month Baptism classes are in the Chapel and are for parents interested in baptizing their children and adults or youth interested in being baptized themselves. No pre-registration is required and childcare is available during the class. Parents only have to take the baptism class one time.
Picture Bible Parenting Class
Coming Spring 2020  Learn practical steps for sharing your faith with your 2- or 3-year-old child that includes a presentation of a new picture Bible in worship.
Worship Parenting Class
Learn how to bless your child with the most important gift – a life of worship. This three-week workshop is for parents of 4 and 5-year-old children. Explore what worship is, learn the different ways we worship, gain practical tools, and connect with other parents.

Elementary Students and Parents:
Get help to answer more of their important questions

Silent Prayer and Meditation Workshop
Silent prayer and meditation literally changes the structure of our brains, but practicing these disciplines is not easy! Join us as we discover practical ways to integrate silence and stillness into the lives of our families.
Sacraments Workshop
For both parents and children, grades 2-5. Explore the meaning of communion and baptism in the United Methodist Church, and gain tools to help you explain things to your child and new insights for yourself.
Third Grade Bible Parenting Class
Coming Sept. 2019 – Help your family grow spiritually with topics including family devotions, how to help your children use the Bible and be blessed with the Bible. The class will meet for three weeks. Learn more or register.
Third Grade Bible Boot Camp
– Coming Sept. 2019: In this Bible basic training, third-grade students will learn how to use their Bibles by drilling through the basics of the Old and New Testaments in this fun and engaging group. Learn more or register.
Third Grade Bible Presentation
Sept. 8 – We present all our third graders with their own Bible in worship at Hyde Park, then have a blessing for them as they continue to grow up in the church. Learn more or register.

Children’s Music

Children’s Music (Four-Year-Olds – High School)

Our children’s choirs allow students to serve God at an early age. They also teach music, the importance of attendance, positive behaviors and teamwork. Each choir performs in worship and other performances a few times a year.

The choirs are:

Angel Choir (Four-Year-Olds and Kindergarteners)

Celebration Choir (First – Fifth Graders)

The Celebration Handbell Choir (Fourth Grade and up)

Current Information and Forms for Children’s Ministries

Questions? Contact the Children’s Ministries Staff

Kristin Passath
Director of Children’s Ministries

Melissa Torres
Assistant Director of Children’s Ministries – Preschool

Kim Apthorp
Nursery Coordinator

We’re here with you: we partner with parents to invite your child to experience God’s love, develop a solid foundation of Bible knowledge, teach and inspire children to become disciples of Christ, and encourage children to share God’s love with each other and the world.

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