Children's Ministries at Highlands

Children are loved and celebrated at Highlands!  Children’s Ministries include weekly Sunday school and children's choir, a day-camp style Vacation Bible School each summer, regular service projects that support our Community Ministries, a Christmas Pageant, and more!   Scroll to the bottom of the page for information on our upcoming children's events. 

For more information, contact our Children's Coordinator,  Mary Elizabeth Neal.

October Activities

Service Project: Community Ministries

All children and their families are encouraged to spend one Saturday in October serving our friends and neighbors during Community Ministries hospitality hour. Volunteers arrive by 8:30 am and are finished around 10:15 am. Sign up here!

Children’s Sunday - October 20

On Sunday, October 20, we will celebrate our children in worship! Children are invited to assist in worship reading scripture, offering prayers, collecting the offering, and greeting the congregation. Sign up for a role here!

Cooking with Kids Activity - October 20

All children and their parents are invited to a kid’s cooking service project to fill the freezers for Community Ministries. Join us in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, October 20 after worship for lunch and service, preparing casseroles and sandwiches for our neighborhood friends. RSVP and sign up to bring ingredients here!

Nursery (Ages 0-3)


A quality church nursery is available for children ages birth to 3 years old both during Sunday School (9:30 a.m.) and worship (10:30 a.m.). The nursery is located in Room 117 on the 1st floor of the Education Building and is coordinated by Kristin Harper.  An usher will be happy to direct you.

Nursery is provided each Sunday morning for worship and Sunday School and for evening services such as Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Lenten Contemplative Services, and Christmas Eve.

If you need a nursery for Wednesday evening programs, Bible studies, church council or other committee meetings, Faith and Film Series, or other special events held at the church, please make a reservation with Kristin Harper at least one week in advance.

Atrium (Ages 3-11)

Children’s Sunday School at Highlands United Methodist Church follows the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.  This children’s faith formation program is rooted in the Bible, liturgy, and the educational principles of Maria Montessori. Children gather in the Atrium, a room prepared for them, which contains simple, yet beautiful materials used to help them absorb the most essential elements of the Christian faith. This sensory-rich experience for children ages 3 to 12 provides an opportunity to grow in love and knowledge of God through the Christian tradition.

In the Atrium, a child can ponder a biblical passage or a prayer from the liturgy by working directly with materials from that that text - placing wooden sheep in a sheepfold of the Good Shepherd, setting sculpted apostles around a Last Supper table, or preparing a small altar with the furnishings used for Communion. Older children often copy parables from the Bible, place written prayers in order line by line, or label a long timeline showing the history of the kingdom of God.

The Atrium is located in rooms 217, 219, and 220 on the second floor of the Education Building.  To schedule a visit to the Atrium, contact Reggie Holder or Lauri Soong.

Learn more about Atrium

Upcoming Children's Events

PDF of Children's Calendar

Atrium Sunday School: Sundays at 9:30 a.m. during the school year

Children's Choir: Sundays during Children’s Church during the school year