Children’s Ministries

Park Ave UMC Child Care Guide

Early Childhood Opportunities

Toddler Care (crawlers – 2 ½ years)
We provide childcare for children who can crawl or walk but are not yet 2 ½ years old (30 mos.)  Children play with toys, sing simple songs, have a snack and hear simple stories.  This room is currently open at the 10:00 service only.
Sunday Mornings 10:30 – 11:30 
Toddler Nursery (Main Level)

Pre-School Church (2 ½ years – 4 years)
We offer Pre-School Church for children 2 ½ – 4 years in the Pre-School Nursery on the Middle Level at 10:00.  Preschoolers have time to play, make a craft, hear a story and have a snack.  Children explore stories from the Spark! Storybook Bible.
Sunday Mornings 10:30 – 11:30 
Pre-School Nursery (Main Level)

Contact: Kelly Kahle    651-329-8293
Download Registration Form: WORD  PDF

Pre-K – Elementary Opportunities

Pre-K and Kindergarten Children’s Church (4 years – Kindergarten)

Pre-K and Kindergarten Children’s Church is a developmentally appropriate miniature edition of the worship service for young children.  Children start in the sanctuary then join their teachers in the 4 &5 year old Room for praise and worship, stories, prayer, offering and crafts.
Sunday Mornings 10:30 – 11:30 
4 &5 Year Old Room (Children’s Village) (Lower Level)

Brave and Bold Children’s Church (First – Fifth Grades)
We are God’s Kids, on a Mission.  Won’t you join us?  Come and listen!  Brave and Bold!  Jesus loves you!  Brave and Bold!  Jesus Saves You!  Brave and Bold!  Brave and Bold!  Brave and Bold!

Children’s Church is a developmentally appropriate miniature edition of worship for Adults in the Sanctuary.  We enter into worship and God’s story as we learn about our Lord, Savior and Hero Jesus Christ and strive to be Brave and Bold as his sidekicks.  Children start in the sanctuary with their parents for praise and worship, then are dismissed to the Children’s Village for songs, prayers, offering, story and hands on learning activities.  Each month children have an opportunity to join our superhero wall of fame for memorizing a superhero memory verse.
Sunday Mornings 10:30 – 11:30 
Children’s Village (Lower Level)

Contact: Adaobi Nduka    612-825-6864 ext. 519
Download Registration Form:  WORD PDF

Glory Be’s (First – Fifth Grades)
A partnership between the worship ministry and the children’s ministry, The Glory Be’s (formerly Kidz Choir) perform musical plays and helps lead worship each month at the 10:00 Service.
Wednesday Evenings 6:30 – 7:30  – From September to June
Choir Room (Upper Level)
Contact: Martial Besombes 612-825-6864 x579 or Alexis Baines 

Children’s Ministry Council
The Children’s Ministry Council is committed to making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world through ministry to children and their families.  Members understand and love children.  The Council helps to establish policies for the administration of children’s ministry programs.  The Council provides support and guidance to the directors of the programs with regard to planning events, curriculum decisions, submitting a budget, and maintaining a Christian environment for the programs.
Second Thursday each month 6:30 – 8:30
Church Library (Upper Level)
Contact: Adaobi Nduka 612-825-6864 x519

Special Events & Milestones

Special Events
Children’s Ministry Sponsors special events throughout the year including: Trunk or Treat; Advent Festival; Sledding Parties; Overnights and Retreats.

Milestones
Milestones Ministries are one time workshops for children and their families to explore important aspects of life in the church.  Milestones are age specific and topics include: Welcome to the Church (babies and infants); and Communion (Second Grade and older).  Milestones are held on Saturday mornings throughout the year.  Look for more milestones, including: Stewardship; Prayer; Baptism; and Bible in the coming months.