McKendree UMC is made for families with young children! We offer many opportunities for them to learn about the power of God's love. Headed up by Lisa Engberg and Susan Rowe, they are always looking for new ways to engage our young kids and get them excited about coming to church. Don't hesitate to reach out to Lisa or Susan if you have questions about the programs listed below or would like to get involved.



9:30am - KIDS PRAISE

3 yrs (By Sept 1) – Kindergarteners: Room 211  
Our 3’s-Kindergarten age group gathers for a simple lesson, play time, music, and fun activities that reinforce the Bible lesson of the day. We use “New Spring” curriculum with our little ones.

1st - 5th graders remain in the service with their families at 9:30am. Kid-friendly worship bags are in the back of the sanctuary for kids to complete during the service. Don’t forget to pick up your prize when you return your bag!

11:00am KIDS GROW

3 and 4 year olds (By Sept 1):  Room 211
Our 3 and 4 year old age group gathers for a simple lesson, play time, music, and fun activities that reinforce the Bible lesson of the day. We use "New Spring" curriculum with our little ones.

Kindergarten – 3rd grade: Room 317
Our elementary-age kids start in worship; volunteers will be in the Sanctuary to lead them to class when they are dismissed. They will start in a large group worship, with music led by members of our Youth Praise Band. Then they break into smaller groups by grade level for crafts, games and discussion. 

SPARK Sunday School 4th & 5th Grade: Room 303-304
4th and 5th graders can start in worship or go straight to Sunday School where they will engage in age-appropriate bible lessons, discussion, and prayer. Contact Heather Miller for more information.


Wednesday night is a time for families to enjoy a night together in fellowship with friends at the church! Starting with Wednesday Night Supper from 5pm - 6:30, giving parents a break from the dinner frenzy! After that kids have many opportunities to participate in fun activities that help form bonds of friendship and familiarity at the church.

5:45-6:30pm, kids music programs for K - 5th grade, 6:00pm-6:30pm for 3 & 4 year olds. The choirs sing in worship several times throughout the year and has an annual spring musical. For more information contact Alison Troyer Price

7:00-8:00pm, K - 5th grade students get hands on experience with missions and outreach projects.

6:30-7:00pm, K - 3rd grade Small group time to wind down after the activities of the evening and grow in christian fellowship.

SPARK! 4th & 5th grade Wednesday Small Group
4th and 5th grade students go to Klub Serve from 6:30 - 8pm for time of fellowship, fun and devotional time. Contact Heather Miller for more information.

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SPARK 4th & 5th Grade Ministry is “youth group” for 4th & 5th graders. This is a step-up program to other Youth activities that they have the opportunity to get involved with as they get older. There are opportunities through out the week for the kids to be together in fellowship, playing games, having fun, and also spending time in prayer and bible lessons. Contact Heather Miller for more information.

SPARK Sunday School: Sundays, 11:00am- 12:00pm, room 303-304 in the education building.

SPARK Youth Group: 4th Sundays of the month, 4:45 - 6:30pm, room 317

SPARK Wednesday Small Group: Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8:00pm


A 5-day week of fun, friendship and JESUS! Vacation Bible School (VBS) is for children who will enter PreK-4 in the fall, through rising 6th grade. Each day is full of energy! Music! Games! Snacks! And much much more. Each day is built on a simple phrase that reinforces a bible lesson. 

We offer both morning and evening sessions, as well as “Extreme VBS” for rising 5th and 6th graders. Look for information about registration on our Events page as it gets closer. 



As we've mentioned, there are lots of ways McKendree UMC helps build a strong foundation of faith for kids! Look for information on these and other yearly program available to your kids:

Learning to Use My Bible: This class is specifically for those students who have recently received their first Bible from McKendree UMC. Children learn the books of the Bible, the types of literature the Bible offers and where these are found in the Bible. The curriculum includes music, crafts, games and other activities to assist students in becoming familiar with the Bible.

Touch the Water, Taste the Bread: This four-week session is an age-appropriate way to teach young children about baptism and communion. The children partake in communion in the sanctuary for the first time after they have completed this class. *Children of all ages are always welcome to celebrate Communion in the Sanctuary with their families.*


Please Note: McKendree UMC is a “Safe Sanctuaries” church. For the safety of our children and workers, each teaching volunteer must be a member or constituent for at least 6 months. In addition, all regular volunteers are required to provide references, submit to a criminal background check and attend “Safe Sanctuaries” training. Furthermore, all classrooms will have at least 2 unrelated adults at all times when children are present. To view our full Safe Sanctuary Policy click the button below.