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Children and Family Ministries

Sun Prairie UMC has a Vibrant and Lively Community for Kids of All Ages!

Children on the floor awaiting religious instruction at the Sun Prairie United Methodist Church (Sun Prairie, WI)
  • Children’s Ministry encompasses ages birth to 5th grade.
  • Family Ministry focuses on those events and activities that are great for the whole family together.

Children's Ministry

Children’s ministry is diverse and active! Listed below are the many ways your child can be involved in the life of the SPUMC community:

Church School runs September through May every Sunday, starting at 9:45 a.m.

Children must register for Church School so that teachers can be prepared for the right amount of students and to follow Safe Sanctuary guidelines.

Each summer, we offer a day-long mission experience for current 5th grade students. This mission opportunity is designed to serve as a first step into mission work. The day long experience includes some faith exploration along with a service component. It generally takes place in the Sun Prairie area.

Children’s Church is held on Sunday mornings during our 8:30 a.m. worship services September through May. In Children’s Church, kids aged 3 years to 5th grade meet in our new classroom addition following the children’s sermon. We read a story, do a craft, play games and learn about God’s love.

Please note: We do not offer children’s church the first Sunday of the month. This weekend is set aside for families to worship together and to participate in the sacrament of Holy Communion as a family.

Youth in 3rd to 7th grade are invited to be part of our Acolyte Ministry at Sun Prairie United Methodist Church. Youth are responsible for carrying the light of Christ into and out of our worship space. If you have questions, please contact our Acolyte Coordinator Jenny Elske.

VBS is offered every summer (usually in August) for children entering 4K through 5th grade that fall.

Virtual VBS will take place at the website listed below August 10-14. Please register in advance to receive a packet of materials and a small group check in time. 

Virtual VBS 2020

Summer Children’s Church

Summer Children’s Church is offered during both summer weekend worship services for children age 3 to 1st grade. We DO NOT have children’s church the first weekend of the month so that families can worship together and have communion.

5th Grade Summer Mission Experience

Students who are completing 5th grade will be invited to participate in a day long mission experience each summer. The experience is designed to lay a basic foundation for mission including theology, faith formation, service and fundraising.

Each advent season our children have the opportunity to share with our church family the story of the birth of Jesus in new and exciting ways.


Please watch for more information this fall about our plans for advent 2020.


Sometimes adults need to worship without their littlest ones. We understand.

Our nursery is open 10 minutes before each of our three worship services, with care offered for children from birth to age two. Families sign children in and receive a pager to take back to worship with them (we contact parents and family members if we need them to return). Our nursery staff is CPR, First Aid and Safe Sanctuaries trained. If you will be leaving your child(ren) in the nursery during worship we ask that you complete the Worship Nursery Registration. These are kept on file in our nursery area.

Meet Our Nursery Staff

Denise Woods

Denise holds a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Florida. She brings 16+ years of teaching experience to our church nursery and has worked in our nursery for over eight years. She also was on staff at Bright Horizons Childcare for eight years.

Denise is mom to two daughters and is married to her husband Chris. She is a Girl Scout troop leader in Sun Prairie and enjoys reading and doing various craft projects.

Jodi Hauge

Jodi has worked in our church nursery for three years and also serves as our Nursery Coordinator. She has 23 years experience working in childcare and holds a degree in Early Childhood.

Jodi enjoys reading, baking and spending time with her family.

Family Ministry

Family Ministries work throughout the year to provide meaningful times for fellowship and faith for families of all ages. Most of our ministry events can be found on the events page.

Family Ministries has and does include the following:

  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • New Baby Welcoming
  • Baptism
  • Parenting Support and Resources at Different Stages
  • Purposeful Family Centered Fellowship Times
  • Family Mission Experiences
  • Milestone Educational Experiences
  • Liturgical Based Experiences and Resources for Families
  • Summer Camp Connections and Resources
  • End of Life Planning and Support

If you have questions about family ministries, please talk with Director of Christian Education Amanda Hinthorn.

Current Offerings From Family Ministries:


Wednesday Night Bedtime Stories

Join our Children and Families Facebook group and listen to a bedtime story read by our staff and volunteers each Wednesday night. A live reading takes place at 7pm but families can visit the site at time after that to replay the video.

Virtual Park Days

Over the summer months, staff will offer a virtual park day experience on our Facebook group filled with story, activities for at home and a peak at some of our favorite places around the community. Watch the events section of our website for days and times.


Driveway Picnics

Church staff is happy to schedule a time to enjoy a driveway picnic with your family in this time of social distancing. Watch for sign up online or contact Director o f Christian Education Amanda Hinthorn for more information.

Safe Sanctuaries

Safe Sanctuaries is our guideline to keep all vulnerable people safe. Learn more!