We are a congregation of people on a journey of faith.
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.


This summer our 5th graders will have the opportunity to serve at the Ronald McDonald House. Registration is closed for this experience.



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. Due to COVID-19 we will be offering Virtual VBS this summer. Please watch for a letter with summer information in late May. We are excited to do VBS in this new, creative way.

Summer Programming

Summer Worship

As long as we continue to worship online, we will offer resources for children and their families to do to supplement worship. Please click the worship resources for all tab on the online worship page of our wesbite.


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

Each year our preschool-5th graders share with our church family the story  of the birth of Jesus through music and song. Information about the 2020 program will be released in October.


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:
Wednesday Night Bedtime Stories: Join us on Facebook each Wednesday at 7pm as Miss Amanda reads a bedtime story or two. This is a great chance for families to take a few minutes to pause at the end of each day.
An Update about Wisconsin UMC Summer Camp:
Please click the link here to find updates about summer camp and COVID-19: https://wiumcamps.org/about-us/covid-19-updates/

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