Children's Ministry

"You are a Blessing and a Child of God!"


Children are an important part of our worship community, and our congregation takes seriously our baptismal vows to help our children to grow in their faith as disciples of Jesus the Christ. 


While we are sheltering in place, if you would like to be included on our email list for children and families, please click here to let Linda Nevitt, our Children's Director, know. Linda is regularly sending out information with creative ways for families to practice their faith at home.


You are also invited to click here to view Miss Addie's Sacred Circle Time talks for our youngest members.


Our children's ministry seeks to nurture the faith lives of our children through:

  • Sunday School (9:40 on Sunday mornings; come to the Children's Choir Room, which is located in the middle of the hallway on the second floor on in the west building. Take the stairs that are near the west entrance.
  • Children's and Jr. Choirs (K-6) 
  • Vacation Bible School
  • Fellowship and Discipleship Ministries

The programs and ministries for children at AHUMC are designed and provided for the purpose of helping our children grow in their faith as disciples of Jesus the Christ, build community, and provide a firm foundation of faith that will support them throughout their lives. 

Nursery Care

Our youngest children receive excellent care from our loving caregivers during Sunday mornings and selected church events. Our Nursery Coordinator is Ms. Lora Garnett.


The church nursery is located one floor below the Sanctuary. Outside the Sanctuary doors, take the stairs down to the "blue floor," and the nursery is on your left.


New to the nursery? You will be asked to register your child so we will be aware of their needs. Please be sure to label all of their belongings.


Parents will want to know that nursery toys and surfaces are regularly cleaned and sanitized, and only paid caregivers handle diaper changes. 


It is sometimes hard for little ones to say good-bye to their parents! To minimize anxiety, we prefer for adults to say good-bye at the door. We will be sure to contact you if your child seems unhappy for an extended period of time.



Sunday School

When children are baptized, the entire congregation makes a vow to teach them the stories of Jesus. One way we do this is through Sunday school.


Each Sunday at 9:40 a.m, Sunday school is available for Nursery through 5th grade:

  • Nursery, 2s and 3s/4s are on the "Blue Floor" - take the stairs in the narthex (outside the Sanctuary) down one level
  • Grades K, 1st/2nd, 3rd and 4th/5th are located on the Children's Floor - take the stairs at the west entrance up one level. Visit the Children's Choir Room, located in the middle of this floor, to inquire about your child's classroom.

Please be sure to register your child at the Elexio station in the Atrium before bringing them to Sunday school. First time here? Please visit the Welcome Center in the Atrium for assistance before Sunday school, or go directly to Sunday school, and we will collect information that will make it easy for you to check your child in the next time you attend.

Sacred Circle Time

Each Sunday, our youngest children receive affirmation that they are "blessed to be a blessing!" You can view some of these lessons here.


Sacred Circle Time is a model of learning about and experiencing God that is designed especially for young children by Dr. Leanne Hadley. It includes ritual, wonder, story, prayer and blessing.


Each Sunday, preschool children whose parents attend the 10:50 or 11:03 service are invited to attend worship until the Children's Time, then go to the preschool floor for Sacred Circle Time with Miss Addie. Here, they will participate in spiritual rituals to help them grow closer to God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit long before they can understand the complexities of faith.

Ministry Safe

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.” - Matthew 19:14


As a Ministry Safe congregation, Arlington Heights UMC requires that all adults who work with children and youth complete a five-step safety process:

  • Complete training on Ministry Safe procedures for AHUMC
  • View Safety Video to learn how to spot signs of abuse and grooming.
  • Background Check
  • Application
  • Five References

Adults who volunteer with children and youth must be engaged with our congregation for a minimum of six months before they are eligible for Ministry Safe training.


For more information, please contact Alyssum Power, Director of Welcoming Ministries, at apower@ahumc.com or 817.737.3161.

Children's Choirs

Make a Joyful Noise to the Lord!


Under the direction of Tani Simons, our Children's Choir (K-3rd) and Jr. Choir (4th-6th) members practice on Sunday evenings during the school year. They help lead worship by singing at the 10:50 and Third Space services and also perform musicals in December and in May. 


All children are welcome - invite a friend!


Rehearsal Schedule (Sept - Nov; Jan-Apr):


Children's Choir (K-3rd) - Sundays: 4-5 p.m. 

Jr. Choir (4th-6th) - Sundays: 5 p.m. (snack supper; $3); 5:30-7:00 p.m.


Please contact Tani Simons (tanisimons@sbcglobal.net) for more information.