Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." (Matthew 19:14)
Children have a special place at the Petoskey United Methodist Church. From a nursery staffed with a professional child-care worker to a weekly gathering for children from Kindergarten to 5th Grade called Kid Zone. We embrace the unique needs and gifts of our children, just as Jesus embraced them. Our goal for Children’s Ministry is to come alongside families as they raise their children in the Christian faith, offering a variety of resources and programming. Please contact the church office at (231) 347-2733 with specific questions about children’s ministry opportunities.
Children's Activities on Sunday Mornings:
The nursery is available from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday mornings for infants to age three. Our nursery is staffed by a professional child care worker as well as committed volunteers. Children are registered upon arrival and parents are assigned a beeper in case of an emergency. The parent returns the beeper when they pick up their child. The nursery is also staffed during special worship services and events.
Sunday School for all ages is held from 10:00-10:45 a.m., between the first and second worship services. A nursery for infants to age three is also provided at that time. Kindergarten through high school, as well as adult, classes explore the Bible and faith in everyday life.
Preschool - Megan Mainland in the nursery
Kindergarten & 1st grade - Joan Marshall & LeaAnne Montel in room 5
2nd & 3rd grades - Charisse Tietjen and Sue Herrington in room 3
4th & 5th grades -
Middle School - Joelle Wilcox and Dennis Myers in room 4
High School - Sandy Jakubiak in Youth Room
Children in Worship
Children of all ages are welcome in the worship services. The Children's Sermon is a highlight of every worship experience as Pastor James creatively engages our imaginations and our hearts by inviting all children to the front of the sanctuary to learn with him. Following the Children's Sermon during the service, children ages three to seven years are invited to Children's Worship. Our children also have a variety of music options available to them. The SONshine Kids choir (not currently active) is for toddlers to seven-year-olds and King's Choir is for elementary students. Both choirs share their music with us once a month.
School Year Activities:
Kid Zone - After School on Wednesdays
Wednedays after school till 6:00 p.m. K-5th grade. We have a snack, games, Bible lesson, music, crafts, free play and the families are welcome to stay for dinner at 6:00 p.m. Contact LeaAnne Montel.
Vacation Bible School
Join us for three action-packed summer evenings of Vacation Bible School complete with dinner for the whole family, games, songs, crafts, fun lessons for children and youth, and classes for adults. Whether it's the Ultimate Adventure with Jesus or a Trip to the Foreign Lands, kids have the opportunity to experience faith in action. All children and their families are invited to join us, and we especially welcome visitors.