Children & Family Ministries


“Let the little children come to me: do not stop them for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.”       – Mark 10:14

Children and their families are an active, vital part of our church community and our goal is to provide a welcoming environment where parents bring their kids to grow deeper in their relationship with Christ through fun and engaging Biblically based activities. We have an amazing team of trusted volunteer leaders and helpers who provide children with the opportunity to grow, learn and experience faith in a loving environment among good friends.

The Children’s Ministry uses the Gospel Project curriculum to teach our kids about the stories of the bible and how God has used the Israelites and ultimately Jesus to save the world from evil, sin, and death. Each week the kids entered a thematic scenario (such as a hospital, police precinct, NASA, or record store) and hear a bible story from a different character and the Sunday School mascot, Shawn the Sheep. They introduce the video lessons, apply it to the kids’ lives, and teach them about Jesus in a fun, creative way.

Check out the Philadelphia Church Children’s Ministry YouTube Channel for our Video Lessons

Click the pic of Shawn the Sheep to see behind the scenes.

Contact Children’s Director Nic Gold if your child would like to participate in Zoom Sunday School.


Ministries to children and families include:

  • Zoom Sunday School Classes for both Preschool and Elementary 9:50am-10:30am.
  • Vacation Bible School (coming June 2021)
  • Children’s Choirs (see link for more information)
  • Church Family Gatherings (ex: picnics, movie nights, etc.)


Our nursery provides a special place for infants (6 weeks old) through two years of age to experience God’s unconditional love. Our toddlers enjoy learning about God’s love through crafts, books, prayers and songs each week. The nursery is staffed by a loving and dedicated paid staff that have been carefully screened and interviewed. Volunteers also work alongside with staff each week to provide extra individual care.


Safe Sanctuary

Safe Sanctuaries is the name commonly given by local United Methodist Annual Conferences and local churches to their individual efforts to make conference, district, and local church programs welcoming and safe for children and youth. Philadelphia United Methodist Church’s Safe Sanctuary policy is reviewed annually to ensure we are faithfully addressing the safety and well-being of children, youth, and adults and doing everything we can to provide a protective and safe environment.  All church employees and volunteers of children and youth must undergo a background check and commit to follow the Safe Sanctuary Policy and conduct ourselves in a manner consistent with the teachings of Christ.

Coming August 2021

Rocky Railway VBS

(Ages 3 thru 5th Grade) 

August 2 – 5

9:30 am – 11:45 am

Climb aboard for mountains of fun at Rocky Railway! On this faith-filled adventure, kids discover that trusting Jesus pulls them through life’s ups and downs. Rocky Railway VBS is coming to Philadelphia Church August 2nd thru 5th from 9:30am-11:45am.

We will be following both CDC and UMC up-to-date guidance to ensure the health and safety of all participants and volunteers.

Register today to participate or volunteer.