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

Children & Family Ministries

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  • 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 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 Sunday.

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 our 8:30am worship services Sept. through May.  In Children’s Church, kids aged 3 years – 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.


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 jenny.elske@gmail.com

Vacation Bible School

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


Our dates for VBS 2020 will be August 10-14. Theme will be revealed in spring of 2020. Registration will most likely open in May.

Summer Programming

Summer Children’s Church

Summer Children’s Church is offered during both summer weekend worship services for children age 3-1st 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.

Children's Christmas Program

Rehearsal for our Children’s Christmas Program, “A New Star” will begin in November. Please read everything below so you know all the details about how your child(ren) can participate.

Music/ Choir

All children in preschool through 5th grade are encouraged to participate in our choir. We will learn the music at both church school and during LOGOS worship skills. Families will also get an email with links to Youtube practice videos. It is very important to have your child(ren) at as many of these practices as possible since we only have a month to learn all the songs

Speaking Parts/ Solos

If your child(ren) are interested in having a speaking part and/or solo please sign up on the signup genius link here: 


There are practices for all speaking part students and soloist:

Sunday, November10th 2-4pm

Sunday, November 17th 2-4pm

Sunday, November 24th 2-4pm

Sunday, December 8th 2-4pm (This practice will be in our Multipurpose Room.)

Christmas Program Date

We will share our Christmas program Saturday, December 14th at 5pm. A potluck for families will follow along with some fun Advent Activities. 


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..

Meet Our Nursery Staff

Denise Woods

Denise holds  a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Florida. She brings 16 and a half years of teaching experience to our church nursery. She has worked in our nursery for 8 and a half years. She also was on staff at Bright Horizons Childcare for 8 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 3 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 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.
Family Ministries has and does include the following:
*Pre-Marital Counseling
*New Baby Welcoming
*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:
Littles and Grands Playgroup: A playgroup for grandparents who are caring for their grandchildren and/or others. The group meets in our church nursery the first and third Mondays of the month starting at 9:30am. This is a drop in group. No need to register.
Family Movie Night: Join us on February 22, 2020 following worship at 6pm for movie, pizza, and popcorn on the big screen in Fellowship Hall. We are watching Abominable. 
Kids and Communion: All 3rd-5th graders who have not already taken this class are invited to attend our workshop with an adult family member to learn more about communion in the United Methodist Church. Current church families should watch for an invite in their emails in February. A link to sign up will also be made available in our event section of the website at that time.
Wisconsin United Methodist Summer Camp: Our conference is excited to offer summer camp programs for children of all ages and families as well at two locations. To learn more about summer camp offerings and to register visit the website below. If you or someone you know is in need of a camp scholarship please speak with church staff. Scholarship money is available for summer camp. https://wiumcamps.org/

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