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702 North St, Sun Prairie, WI 53590 Phone: 608.837.5554

Children, Youth & Family

Sun Prairie UMC has a vibrant and lively community for kids of all ages!12654526_10153389919400665_4461057745366771322_n

  • Children’s Ministry encompasses ages birth to 5th grade.

  • Youth Ministry is for those in Middle and High School.

  • Family Ministry focuses on those events and activities that are great for the whole family together.

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

Church School runs Sept. through May on both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday church school starts at 5:15 pm following the children’s time in worship. Sunday church school starts at 9:45 am. Children must register for church school so that teachers can be prepared for the right amount of students and to follow Safe Sanctuary guidelines

5th Grade Mission Experience

Each Summer we will 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

Children’s Church is held on Sunday mornings during both worship services Sept. through May.  In Children’s Church, kids aged 3 years – 1st 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. Parents can sign up to help with children’s church outside the new classroom addition.

During the season of Advent students who participate in our children’s church ministry will be taking part in a children’s version of our church wide Advent study.

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.

Summer Children’s Church

Summer Children’s Church will begin the weekend of May 26th and 27th. We will continue to have family worship the first weekend of the month when there is communion. Therefore, only our church nursery will be open those weekends. Summer children’s church is offered at all three of our worship services for children who are age 3 through just finishing 1st grade.

This summer we will once again spend time outside in our children’s garden. Please dress your children for outside play and learning each weekend.

Acolyte Ministry

Youth in 3rd-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 at jelske@charter.net


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 2. 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..

Vacation Bible School

Kids entering 4K through 5th Grade next fall join us for VBS  in August 6-10, 2018 from 9-11:30am each morning.

Our theme this summer will be Maker Fun Factory.

Registration information will be available later this spring. Scholarships are available for VBS.

Summer Programming

Flat Jesus

Much like the story Flat Stanley, this summer families in our congregation will have a chance to spend time with one of our three Flat Jesus. We are asking families to let us know if they are interested in participating one week in the summer months by signing up here. Families will then get a schedule with a week. When your family has a turn with Flat Jesus we want you to send us pictures of where you take Jesus.


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.


Our Youth Ministry involves the middle and high school students of our church and their friends. Our goal is to build relationships as well as provide a safe place to encourage a faith journey with Christ.

There are many different activities inside and outside the church including: Sunday School (for middle school and high school), small group Bible Study, summer Mission experience (Senior High), LOGOS and LOGOS experience, Confirmation, movie nights (at the church and the theater), Lock-ins, and a lot more!

For information please contact the church office.

Permission Slip

If you plan on attending a youth group outing, please fill out this permission slip and bring it to the activity.  We cannot let you go unless you have a permission slip. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Autumn Hartman, Director of Youth Ministries.

Overnight Trip Permission Slip: Overnight Permission Slip

Permission Slip: basic-permission-slip


SPUMC Youth raise money primarily to help offset the costs of our bi-annual Mission Experiences and LOGOS Youth Summits.

Why? Youth trips, like anything, are costly!

How? We don’t want anyone to miss out on a trip, because they can’t pay. We provide a wide variety of fundraising opportunities throughout the year for two reasons:

  1. To give our youth a means to offset the cost of their trip and,
  2. For members of our congregation (and others) to have a way to support our youth.

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Family Ministries works 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.
This spring we are offering two options for families:
Kids and Communion: A class for children in 2nd-4th grade to learn more about the sacrament of communion in the United Methodist Church alongside an adult family member. More information is available on the events page of our website.
Sunday Showcase in the Sanctuary: Families of all ages are invited to join us in the sanctuary on Sunday, March 4th at 2pm for a viewing of Wonder. There is no cost associated with this event.
 If you have questions about family ministries please talk with Director of Christian Education Amanda Hinthorn.

Sun Prairie UMC is blessed with many generous members who care about young people and their education.  Below you will find descriptions of all of the scholarships we have available and who can apply for each.

All scholarship recipients will turn into the church office a receipt for expenditures once in the first semester and once in the second semester to receive their scholarship monies. At the end of the school year if the office has not received a receipt the remaining scholarship monies will be voided.

This year you have the opportunity to fill out your form online or via a paper application.  Please note the deadline is April 3, 2018.  Please download the checklist to ensure that you have all the required parts of your application submitted.  The Scholarship Committee will not accept an application without all the required parts.

Our Scholarships

Sun Prairie United Methodist Memorial Scholarship

A recipient of this scholarship may use it for attendance at any institution of high learning, including vocational/technical schools, private or state colleges and universities, and not limited to Wisconsin institutions. Students who are active members of our church and are graduating Seniors may apply for this scholarship. This scholarship has been funded by local gifts and memorials.

Thompson Memorial Scholarship

A graduating Senior may only apply for this scholarship if he/she is planning on attending a college in the University of Wisconsin four year degree granting campuses. To be eligible for this scholarship, a student must have been an active member of the Sun Prairie church for a minimum of one year. They must display an active participation in community and high school activities.

Waymire Memorial Scholarship

The Waymire Scholarship established in 2000, is given to a member of our church to be used for attendance at any institution of higher learning. Recipients may re-apply for this scholarship to continue their undergraduate or technical degree for a total of four years. An applicant must demonstrate Christian activities in both the community and church.

Alden Britton Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship established by the Alden Britton Trust was instituted in 1998. Members of the United Methodist Church may apply for this scholarship. It may be used for attendance at any college or university for use in an undergraduate or graduate program. An applicant must show church and community activities that demonstrate strong Christian character. This scholarship may be granted to an individual only one time.

Elsie Czehno & Penny DeMott Daughters Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to female high school senior or college freshman pursuing elementary education or medical-related field.

Whitney Paige Carlson Memorial Scholarship

This Scholarship will be awarded to a person interested in continuing his/her higher education toward educating children or study in the field of veterinary science.

Doug and Claudia Ayers Scholarship

This scholarship is for members of our church who are taking classes at a community college, technical/vocational school or short-term career training college.

Carolan Family Scholarship

This scholarship will be awarded to a graduate from Sun Prairie who has shown leadership in both community and church activities.

Dorothy Phillips Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship will be awarded to a SPUMC member pursuing horticulture or culinary arts careers.

Frank Brown Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is given to a senior intending to major in education.

David Armstrong Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is given by the family of David Armstrong and is written to assist members of this church who are perusing degrees in broadcasting, advertising, theatre, or other related field.

Dr. Joseph Syty Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is given by the family of Dr. Joseph Syty and is written to assist members of this church with a preference to non-traditional students. Non-traditional students are those who are perusing degrees through online universities, adults returning to college or first time degree seekers, etc.

For more information about these scholarships please contact Mrs.Terry Twedell, Scholarship Chairperson or Rev. Jenny Arneson.

Safe Sanctuaries is our guideline to keep all vulnerable people safe. For more information on our policies, please click the button on the right.

This summer our current 6th-8th graders are headed to Lake Lucerne Camp here in Wisconsin. Students will travel July 27-29th to Neshkoro where they will get a weekend of work projects plus a United Methodist Summer Camp experience.

The cost of the trip is $80. Deadline to register is March 1st. For registration packets or more information contact Director of Christian Education Amanda Hinthorn.