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.
Sunday Small Groups
Birth Through Preschool
The nursery will be open for both worship services each week for children 2 years old & under. Check-in will begin 15 minutes prior to service on the lower level.
Check-in and small group room for our preschool small group (3 and up) is also on the lower level. Check-in for this group begins 15 minutes prior to each worship service, and concludes at the end of each worship service.
Kindergarten Through 5th Grade
During the 9:30 hour, kids in Kindergarten through 5th grade will check in at the Kid Connection desk in the gathering space starting at 9:15. Then families will worship together until approximately 9:45, when kids will be called to an exit door to be taken to their small group rooms. Parents will pick up their kids at their rooms at the conclusion of service.
During the 11:00 hour, kids in Kindergarten through 5th grade will meet in our Kid Central room. Check-in will begin at 10:45 and parents will pick up their kids at the conclusion of service.
If you’re new to Platte Woods UMC, stop by the KIDS Guest Check-In, located on the main floor to get started. If you’d like, you can preregister your kids to speed up the process by clicking below.
Kids (birth-5th) check-in through a secure, computerized check-in prior to entering their age-appropriate room. Check-in stations for all ages are located on the main floor. Every family is assigned a family security code that both child and parent wear.
Babies & Toddlers
Children 2 and younger are cared for in our crib nursery or toddler rooms filled with music, story time, and interactive play.
Preschoolers are invited to explore God’s Word in an interactive and engaging way at both 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Circle time, music, crafts and games are often a part of their experience.
In our elementary environments, we desire to connect kids to God and one another through high energy worship, engaging Bible stories and small group activities.
Grades 4 & 5
We call it “Route 45!” Preteens in 4th and 5th grades are at a pivotal time in their spiritual life when they often begin to ask questions about faith. We want to offer them a fun and encouraging environment and show them how to apply truths from the Bible to their lives at school, with friends, and at home with their family.
For more information about our Sunday children’s small groups program, please contact Jen Bruce, director of Kid Connection. Interested in utilizing engaging curriculum for your kids while you worship at home? Use the buttons below to connect to Bible videos, engaging activities, & more! Don’t forget to join our Facebook group, Platte Woods UMC Kids!
Kid Connection at Home
Our programs look a little different right now due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but we are still here to support your family in-person or virtually! Check out this graphic for some of the ways you can interact as a family and guide spiritual development at home.
All children are welcome in our worship services! If you’d prefer for your child (ages 3 and up) to go to Kid Connection programming during worship, please see the Sunday morning info above for all the details. Nursery for age 2 & under is available at both the 9:30 & 11:00 services.
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.