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Children's & Youth Ministries Director: Christi Rice



Youth Sunday School
9:00-9:45 am Sunday mornings August through May
Ages: Preschool and up

During Sunday School classes, we study Bible stories that share the Good News of Jesus and God’s love for all people. In our multi-aged small groups, we learn and work together to become disciples for Jesus. Art, music, and games are incorporated into our lessons each week with special projects for holidays. 

We kick off each school year with a “Back to SUNDAY School” event, celebrating a new year of learning and appreciating teachers and school staff in our church and our local schools.

Youth Sunday School classes are held each Sunday throughout the school year.


Kids Worship
2nd - 5th Sundays during worship 
Ages: Preschool through 5th Grade

Kids Worship is a special worship time available for the children.  After the Children’s Message during the main worship service, we dismiss from the sanctuary and gather for a Bible lesson, songs of worship, and active play that gets children thinking about applying Bible truths in their everyday lives. The multi-age worship group allows for older children to help younger ones with activities. Lifelong friendships are built here!  

Children worship in the sanctuary with their parents on the first Sunday of each month, as we participate in the sacrament of Communion together. For those times when little hands need something to do during the worship service, we have “busy bags” and a basket of books and puzzles available at the back of the sanctuary. 


Special Events
Quarterly dates scheduled
Ages: Preschool and up, including families

Once a quarter, special events are planned that include kids of all ages and families.  

Our Winter Party, held at the end of January, includes dinner, games, a movie with treats, and we create valentines to mail to shut-in church members. 

The Marvelous Methodist Mission is a family scavenger hunt around Excelsior Springs the weekend of Palm Sunday. The whole family can participate! Teams compete against one another driving to locate clues that remind us of the events of Holy Week and Easter. Dinner and prizes follow this amazing, fun race.

Back to Sunday School Bash includes a trip to the Rainbow Splash Park, located just down the walking trail from the church.  Following the regular worship service, we enjoy a picnic lunch and walk to the splash park for some water fun. Our kick-off Sunday celebration is near the beginning of each school year in August, and marks the beginning of a new year of Sunday School classes with the unveiling of a new theme and bible study curriculum.  

The Advent Season wouldn’t be complete without the Children’s Christmas Program each year. Our congregation loves the opportunity to see the children dress up in costumes to tell the Christmas story, portraying traditional roles and sharing the story of Christ’s birth. Kids and adults begin preparations and practice in November and the program takes the place of the pastor’s sermon one Sunday in December.

  June 2023  
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