At PWUMC, we are dedicated to providing a nurturing, inviting and safe environment for your child. Whether it’s small groups, Vacation Bible School, childcare, children’s arts or any other activity, we strive to present God’s love to each and every child. We have a number of ministries especially geared to children.

Special Events

Summer Bible Camp

Summer Bible Camp will meet on Wednesdays in June from 6:15-7:45 p.m. Kids in K-5 will explore the Bible with entertaining and engaging videos from the “What’s In The Bible?” curriculum, written by Veggie Tales creator Phil Vischer. Registration is now closed.


Vacation Bible School

“Roar” VBS will be held July 15-19, 9 a.m.-12 noon. For more information about this exciting week, visit our VBS page! Register before July 1 and receive free registration, free family CD of the exciting VBS music and early check-in privileges.

Sunday School

Crib & Toddler Rooms

Children younger than 2 are cared for in our crib nursery or toddler rooms filled with music, story time, and interactive play.


Two year-olds through preschool are invited to explore God’s Word in an interactive and engaging way at both 9:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Circle time, music, crafts and games are often a part of their experience.

Elementary Students/Kid Central & Route 45

Kid Central: K-3rd Grade
On Sunday mornings all K-3rd graders are invited to Kid Central (9:15 & 10:45) in room 113 for GPS, a large group activity where we Gather, Pray and Sing in a worship setting. Following GPS, students will continue to explore God’s Word and grow in their faith with their grade-level friends in their Sunday School class rooms.

Route 45: Grades 4 & 5
On Sunday mornings all 4th & 5th graders are invited to gather in room 159 (9:15 & 10:45) for a junior youth group version of GPS followed by exploration of God’s Word and life application.

Pure Joy Special Needs Ministry

All children are welcome at Platte Woods United Methodist Church! The Pure Joy Special Needs ministry is offered every Sunday morning at 9:15 a.m. in room 58. Additional offerings for special events, including Trunk ‘r Treat and Vacation Bible School, are available.

Some of our friends benefit from accommodations such as a visual schedule, recovery room, use of headphones, low sensory environments/experiences and much more. In order to best meet the needs of your child, please help us by completing a plan of care (available when you check in at the church). Please note that this plan of care is to help with clear communication and to establish the best environment for all participants.

You are always welcome to schedule a meeting with Jen Bruce, director of Children’s Ministry, instead of or in addition to completing our Plan of Care form.

The Good News Company

The Good News Company is a choir for children in grades 1-5. This choir is specifically designed for children who are excited to learn challenging songs, music theory and how to be a part of the worship leadership experience. Choir participants will need to be present at rehearsals and able to perform at periodic worship services and community events. Rehearsals are each Sunday morning from 8:15-9:00 in the Music Suite. Co-directors are Gail Krause and Bridget Coughlin.  For more information, please contact Bridget .


For the safety of the children in our care, we require a registration form for all children attending events at PWUMC. To fill out a form for your child(ren) prior to arriving, please print our Children’s Reg Form 2018-2019.

More Information

For more information about our Sunday children’s small groups program, please contact Jen Bruce, director of Children’s Ministry.

WOW – Wednesday Evening Activities

WOW (Wild on Wednesdays)
The WOW program provides a great time of learning through a rotation of choir, dance/sports, Bible study and crafts. Kids are divided into age groups and learn about God in a FUN environment. Participants will be able to show their stuff on Sunday mornings and during two programs throughout the year. WOW meets every Wednesday from 6-7:50 p.m. during the school year. Childcare is also available. For more information, please contact Jen Bruce, Director of Children’s Ministry. Invite a friend to join you for a fun evening!
Spring Program will be April 24 at 6:30 in the Worship Center.
Wow is in recess for the summer. See you next fall.


All children are welcome in our worship services! Worship bags are available for young children and include crayons, coloring pages and a few other quiet activities. Worship bags can be found in the entry to the worship center. Childcare is available during our worship services for children birth through preschool age.


Professional childcare is available for all the Wednesday evening activities, and for other select activities and by request for church group meetings. All of our childcare staff are trained and have completed a Safe Sanctuary and Because We Care screening through our church. Reservations are required for childcare: please contact your group leader for more information.

Sunbeams Preschool

Sunbeams Preschool

Please Note: We do not accept parental or religious exemptions for state-required vaccinations. 

Registration for 2019-20 school year

2019-20 Calendar
Sunbeams will start on August 21 for 3 and 5 day, and August 22 for 2 day.
Sunbeams Preschool will be closed the following days during the school year: September 2, October 14, October 24 &25, November 27-29, December 20-January 3, January 20, February 17, March 13-20, April 10.

If you would like more information or take a tour of Sunbeams preschool, please contact Sue Arensberg.

Purpose and Philosophy

Sunbeams Preschool is here to provide a warm, loving atmosphere in which children may play, socialize and participate in experiences that meet the developmental stages of early childhood. Our philosophy is that each child has a unique personality and will be treated as a special individual. The small teacher/student ratio allows that personalized treatment. Our purpose is to serve families in our church and community, offering them a comfortable atmosphere for their child’s growth and natural learning experiences.

A Christ-Centered Environment

Especially during your child’s impressionable years, this kind of surrounding means so much. Here your child will learn to love, accept, help and forgive others because Christ first loved and forgave them. At Sunbeams Preschool, children are encouraged to develop their God-given talents in a secure atmosphere of love and acceptance.

What We Offer

We believe in helping children experience all areas of development so that they may be better prepared for their elementary school experience. We provide children an opportunity to learn about cooperation, manners, sharing, social skills, listening and following instructions in a nurturing Christian environment. A day’s activities could include fitness time or music; special “theme” days; exposure to letters, numbers and colors; project time; and just plain having fun. Our teacher/pupil ratio is 1 to 10. Children must be fully toilet trained (no pull-ups) to attend Sunbeams Preschool.

Registration and Tuition Fees for the Current School Year

Yearly tuition is $1,080 for two-day, $1,512 for three-day and $2,520 for Sunbeams Extreme five-day. The tuition payment is broken down into nine monthly payments of $120, $168 or $280, respectively.   Our nonrefundable registration fee is $70 for two- and three-day, and $100 for Sunbeams Extreme. Hours are as follows:

  • Two-Day Program for three-year-olds: Tuesday and Thursday, 8:45-11:30 a.m. or 12:30-3:15 p.m. (Must be 3 years old before Aug. 1.)
  • Three-Day Program for four- and five-year-olds: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 8:45-11:30 a.m. or 12:30-3:15 p.m. (Must be 4 years old before August 1 — one year from kindergarten.)
  • Sunbeams Extreme — Sunbeams Preschool also offers a Sunbeams Extreme five-day preschool program. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:45 a.m.-11:30 a.m. or 12:30-3:15 p.m. (Must be 4 years old before January 1.)
  • Full-Day Option — If you would like care for your child all day (8:45-3:00 or 9:00-3:15) while they are in half-day preschool, we offer a special pricing option in conjunction with our Parents’ Day Out program. In addition, we now offer an extended care program, available with prepayment and preregistration. Please contact Sue Arensberg for more information.

More Information

Email or call Sue Arensberg (816-741-2006), director of Sunbeams Preschool, for more information.

Parents’ Day Out

PDO tours are available with a reservation. Please call 816-741-2006 during school hours to schedule your tour.

A completed health form must be on file by your child’s first day of PDO attendance. We do not accept parental or religious exemptions for state-required vaccinations.

The Platte Woods United Methodist Church PDO program is in its 50th year of providing quality childcare to children ages 6 weeks to pre-K. The PDO program fits the needs of children of various ages. From our nursery care through pre-K, you can be assured that your child will receive care in a professional, clean environment. As your child grows, the educational opportunities at PDO increase. During the mornings, teachers share in crafts, reading and other fun learning exercises with their students. Afternoons are spent in free play, allowing children to have fun and develop their social skills.

Besides offering professional childcare in a comfortable, age-appropriate and clean environment, PDO offers something many daycares cannot: flexibility. The PDO program does not require commitments for particular periods of time: instead, your child can attend whenever it fits into your schedule. Need to run errands, volunteer at an older child’s school, or just have some “alone” time? Drop your child off that morning (no reservations required, except in the nursery) and know that while you’re accomplishing your goals, your child is well cared for and having a great time. PDO is a state-inspected facility. For more information about PDO, please email or call Jennifer Carrizzo (816-741-2006).

2019-2020 School Year Schedule & Fees

During the school year, PDO is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. each day, with full- and partial-day schedules available. An extended care program before and after regular PDO hours is also available. Preregistration is required for extended care: please contact Jennifer Carrizzo or Sue Arensberg for more information. Parents can sign up for extended care at the beginning of each semester depending on available space.

Cost is full day — $28; 9 a.m.-noon — $19; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. — $22.

Payment is required upon arrival and check-in. We ask that you pay with exact cash or by check (made out to PDO). Late fees apply for children picked up after the close of PDO at 3 p.m. Prepayment options are also available.

2019-2020 school year: PDO will meet Monday-Friday beginning Wednesday, August 14–Thursday, May 21
PDO will be closed the following days during the school year: September 2, October 14, October 24 &25, November 27-29, December 20-January 3, January 20, February 17, March 13-20, April10.

Summer PDO, June 4-August 1, 2019

Summer PDO is the same great programming as the school year. However, in the summer months, we are open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. PDO will be closed on the following days, July 4 and July 16,17,18 for Bible School.


The nursery accepts infants age 6 weeks to 12 months old. Reservations are required for this room. To make your reservation, please call 816-285-0820 during business hours.


Children in the 2-year-old room and younger take naps at 1 p.m. All napping children will be provided with nap cots, but will need to bring a crib or twin sheet and blanket each day.

Three-Year-Old Class

All children in the 3-year-old class must be toilet trained within a month of turning 3.

Registration Forms

Registration Form
Health Form
Immunization Form
Notice of Parental Responsibility 2019-20
Photography Release & Late Fee Notice
Health Guidelines

Safety Procedures

Because we care deeply about the welfare and safety of every child and youth who participate in the programs and ministries provided by PWUMC, we take seriously our responsibility to do everything in our power to see that no physical, emotional or sexual abuse occurs in any ministry setting sponsored by PWUMC. We recognize every person as a child of God who is created in the image and likeness of God. Therefore, we have a strong commitment to make the church a safe place for children and youth. Supervision policies and procedures are in place.

The PWUMC “Because We Care” policy includes having all adult volunteers screened and registered.


Monthly Parent Cue

Each month, we offer a Parent Cue newsletter that is designed specifically for your child’s age. The newsletter touches on the same topics your child will be learning about on Sunday mornings, and gives you conversation and activity ideas that correlate with that theme.

RightNow Media

PWUMC offers its members access to RightNow Media, an online faith-based video library, including content geared to kids. Learn more …

Registration Forms

If you’d like to submit your child’s information before arriving at PWUMC, you can use our online form.

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