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The Children's Ministry Team looks forward to spending time with you and your children as you participate in many of the events we have to offer.  

Our genuine desire as the Children's Ministry Team is to enhance the level of spirituality in every child so they can become the next generation of spiritual leaders in our community and beyond.

There are so many ways for children to participate through education, fun events, fitness and music! Using the links below you can  find more information about many of our programs available throughout the year!

Contact Heidi Stimmel, Children's Ministry Director.



Christian Education

Crossroads Sunday school

Crossroads is our Sunday morning Christian Education program where children 3 years old (potty trained) through 6th grade learn Bible lessons through art, science, food, fun, music, games and much more. We offer many fun ways to learn about God’s amazing love!

Child Care

Child care is offered during our 9:30 and 11am Sunday Morning Worship Services. Our paid staff are certified in CPR and have completed a thorough criminal background check. Child care rooms are located across from the sanctuary for newborn through kindergarten age children. Parents are texted if needed during worship. Your child’s comfort and safety is our utmost concern.


Music & Worship for Children

Cherub Choir

Cherub Choir is for our youngest members, 3 years old – Kindergarten who want to sing and have fun.  Cherubs practice during their Sunday School hours.


Joyful Noise is for children grades 1-6. They meet at 10:30 on Sunday mornings.


“I am the Light of the World, whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the Light of Life.”
John 8:12

The role of an Acolyte is very important. Acolytes bring the Light of Christ into the sanctuary to begin the 11am worship service to show the presence of God with us. At the end of the service, acolytes take the Light of Christ out of the sanctuary and into the community.

If you are in 2nd-5th grade and are interested in becoming an acolyte for the 11:00 service, please contact Heidi Stimmel at 740-965-3813 or email at All children will receive training and review before they begin.


Children’s Sports & Fitness

Indoor Soccer

On Monday nights November through February, except the first Monday of each month, we have indoor soccer in the multipurpose room. Third through sixth graders will play from 6-7 p.m. and middle school and high school ages play from 7-8:30 p.m. Wear tennis shoes and shin guards and bring a dark and a white shirt.

Upward Basketball

From January through March, on Saturday mornings and afternoons, basketballs are heard dribbling back and forth in the multipurpose room as children from Kindergarten through 6th grade play basketball.

Two games at a time play width wise on the basketball court. Children are placed on teams according to age and skill level. At halftime, a personal testimony is shared with parents and grandparents. The games are one hour long.

During the week a one-hour practice is scheduled for the children to work on their skills and halfway through the practice the children are taught a Christian application by their coach.

Adult volunteers are needed to coach the teams and referee the games.


Children’s Special Events

Community Easter Celebration

The Community Easter Celebration is a free event held in the church’s multipurpose room and features games, preschool inflatables, and a special appearance from the Easter Bunny. Pictures with the Easter Bunny are provided at no charge and people are welcome to bring their cameras and take photos. Also, an Easter egg hunt takes place outside, rain or shine! Each age group has their own area to hunt for eggs. There are plenty for everyone! Children receive a free goody bag for prizes but are encouraged to bring an Easter basket to gather and hold all their eggs. The Easter Celebration is held on the Saturday before Palm Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until noon.

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School is usually held in June and is for children three years old (potty trained) through fifth grade. During this five-evening event, children learn Bible lessons, play games, eat snacks, enjoy music, watch puppets, do arts and crafts and fellowship with other young children. There is no charge for VBS.

Village Harvest Festival

The Village Harvest Festival takes place on the second Saturday in October and includes games, food, a bonfire, hay ride, pumpkin patch, and smoke house. Goody bags are provided and it is a fun time for the whole family. Roast your own hot dogs and marshmallows and munch on a bag of pop corn.  We also feature a Trunk or Treat at the end of the festivities. Trunk or Treat is a version of Trick or Treat where children travel from car to car in our lower level parking lot outside the multipurpose room. If the weather is bad, most activities are moved into our multipurpose room. This event is free to the community.

Breakfast With Santa

Breakfast with Santa is held the first Saturday of December from 9–11 a.m. and gives families a place to affirm their Christian teachings while celebrating Christmas in a fun, festive atmosphere. The goal of Breakfast with Santa is to touch hearts with a generous, abundant message of God's love. The morning includes the secular Christmas of Santa with the real reason for the season—the story of Christ's birth.

Last year approximately 1,000 people attended during the course of the free two-hour event. Families first glimpse the Christmas story as they enter the church and are greeted by animals and costumed shepherds in our nativity scene outside the front doors.

Each family receives a visit and professional photograph with Santa taken by Todd Yarrington Photography in the multipurpose room, North Pole stage. Children sit next to Santa on his loveseat sofa in his cozy living room set complete with a roaring fireplace and a 16-foot Christmas tree. Santa gives each child a gift and his elves roam the building handing out treats and candy. Children receive empty treat bags that are quickly filled with toys and goodies as they visit stations and play Reindeer Games throughout the church. There is a Christmas Gift Game, Santa's Wreath Toss, the Penguin Shuffle, the Peppermint Post, a Make Your Own ornament craft, a Letter to Santa station, and the always popular Reindeer Obstacle Training Course. Also available, the Bethlehem Dress Up is a child-size, nativity scene photo opportunity where children dress as characters in the Christmas story.

The SUMC sanctuary is filled with song as folks listen to Christmas carols and enjoy a Christmas show by guest performers from the Central College Presbyterian Church Youth Puppet ministry. The parlor features an impressive model train display.

Added to all the fun and excitement, guests are treated to a delicious homemade breakfast featuring scrambled eggs, sausage links, cinnamon biscuits, trays laden with cookies and cakes and Christmas goodies all washed down with milk, juice and hot Tim Hortons coffee. The smell of cinnamon biscuits coming out of the oven lets you know Mrs. Claus is in the kitchen making sure no one ever leaves hungry!

The decorations are designed to delight the little ones, and the church is full of merry surprises.



The Sunbury United Methodist Church invites all students
K–12 to join us for lunch at the church in the summer. Students enjoy a free, nutritious meal on Tuesdays, June through early August, at 12 noon. Lunch is followed by a short Bible message and a variety of games, crafts and fun activities ending at 2 p.m.

All youth under 18 must bring a signed Parent Consent Form.

For more information:

•    stop by the church office at 100 West Cherry St., Sunbury
•    call the church at 740-965-3813

Office hours are Monday–Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.