BUMC Kids

We partner with families to guide children (birth through 5th grade) in their growth as disciples of Jesus Christ through hearing stories from the Bible and experiencing God’s love. It is our goal to create a safe and loving environment where each child can discover who God is and learn that they are made in the image of a wonderful God.

Sunday Mornings

Sunday mornings with BUMC Kids is a unique time for children to grow in their faith through fun Bible-related activities, small group connections, and prayer. Faith formation activities are age appropriate and designed to help children grow as disciples of Jesus Christ.

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NURSERY

8 weeks – 3 years

Our Nursery is available for children ages 8 weeks to 3 years. Our trained Nursery staff are eager to care for your child while you worship and grow your faith in a Sunday School class.

Nursery is available at our 8:30, 9:45, and 11 a.m. services.

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WONDER OF WORSHIP

PreK-4 – Kindergarten

Wonder of Worship is a time for our PreK-4s and Kindergartners to be excused from the worship service and learn about God and worship. Dismissal for Wonder of Worship happens between the scripture reading and sermon.

Wonder of Worship is available at our 8:30 & 11 a.m. services.

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SUNDAY SCHOOL

PreK-4 – 5th Grade

Sunday School is a unique time for children in PreK-4 through 5th grade to grow in their faith through fun Bible-related activities, small group connections, and prayer. Faith formation activities are age appropriate and designed to help children grow as disciples of Jesus Christ.

Sunday School classes meet at 9:45 a.m.

Worship

We believe in corporate worship where children of all ages are welcome in all of our worship services, and we strongly believe that worshipping together as a family is vital to a child’s spiritual development.

Children are encouraged to participate in worship with their families during our services on Sunday at 8:30, 9:45 & 11 a.m. BUMC Kids provides children's worship bags to add to the experience!

Connect With Us

BUMC Kids Weekly Newsletter

Stay connected and in-the-know with all that BUMC Kids is doing! Our newsletter offers church news, program updates, and parenting resources for all ages.

BUMC Kids Small Groups

We have age-specific small groups that meet throughout the school year and summer. Contact Abby Owens at abbyowens@bumc.net to learn more about small groups (or volunteer to host!).

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Serve With Us

BUMC Kids Volunteers

We're always looking for adult volunteers to help with Sunday School and other BUMC Kids activities throughout the year! Contact Abby Owens at abbyowens@bumc.net to learn more about opportunities and receive Safe Sanctuary training.

Worship Acolytes

Acolytes are important leaders in our 8:30 and 11 a.m. worship services. They bring the light of Christ into the Sanctuary, assist with offering, baptisms, Communion, and more! Students in 3rd grade or older can serve as acolytes. Contact Ellen Garrett egarrett@bumc.net to learn more about how your child can lead.

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Births + Baptisms

In the event of a birth or adoption to a church member’s family, please contact Julie Donley in our Caring Ministries office.

New BUMC family members receive a rosebud and gift from our Children’s Ministry. Births and adoptions are listed on our weekly prayer list. You can find that list on our Online Worship page.

As a United Methodist Church, we practice the sacrament of infant baptism. Though it is most frequently done between one and six months, baptism can be performed at any age.

Contact Haley Durham to schedule a baptism.

Want to learn more about what United Methodists believe about baptism?

Contact Rev. Casey Orr for a conversation.

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Day School

Part-time preschool for 1-5 years

The Day School's purpose is to provide each child with a program of planned experiences in living and growing with others, as well as to serve the community by offering parents a safe, educational environment for their children. We believe every child is a very special person, and it is our goal that each one leaves our program with a feeling of self-worth, a caring spirit and a love for learning.

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Early Learning Center

Full-time preschool for ages 6 weeks to 5 years

The BUMC Early Learning Center ministers to the needs of young children and their families by providing a safe, loving, Christian environment to foster intellectual, social, physical, emotional, and spiritual growth and development.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I check in my child?

    Once your child is in our BUMC Kids online system, you can check your child in at any computer kiosk. Two nametags will print. One is for your child and one is for you to hold on to in order to pick up your child at the conclusion of the program.

    First time? Visit our Connection Desk in the Chapel Narthex, and we will get you plugged in!

  • Who can pick my child(ren) up from their class?

    Parents and guardians with the matching name tag from check in are the only individuals that we allow to pick up a child. If you misplace your name tag or have a question, please visit our Connection Desk in the Chapel Narthex.

  • Where do I drop off and pick up my child?

    • Nursery classrooms (Infant-Young Preschool) are located down our Nursery hallway.
    • Wonder of Worship drops off in the Sanctuary Narthex and picks up in room C-321.
    • PreK-4 Sunday School drops off and picks up in room C-204.
    • K-5th Grade Sunday School drops off in the Family Life Center and picks up on the 3rd floor. Visit the Connection Desk in the Chapel Narthex if you need your child’s classroom number.

  • Who is allowed to work with my child?

    In our Nursery, we guarantee 2-3 paid staff in each room, all of whom have been background checked (18 years+), Safe Sanctuary certified, and trained in CPR/First Aid and emergency preparedness.

    Our Sunday School classes and Wonder of Worship are led by trusted volunteers in our church community. We guarantee at least two volunteers for each classroom who have been background checked (renewed every 3 years), Safe Sanctuary certified (renewed every 3 years), and trained in our curriculum and emergency preparedness every year.

  • I have a new addition in my family! Who do I contact?

    We're so excited to celebrate your growing family with you!

    In the event of a birth or adoption, please contact Julie Donley in our Caring Ministries office. New BUMC family members receive a rosebud and gift from our Children’s Ministry. Births and adoptions are listed on our weekly prayer list. You can find that list on our Online Worship page.

  • I would like to schedule a baptism. Who do I contact?

    As a United Methodist Church, we practice the sacrament of infant baptism. Though it is most frequently done between one and six months, baptism can be performed at any age. If you're already a member of BUMC and are ready to schedule your child's baptism, contact Haley Durham in our Worship & Arts office. If you're new to BUMC or have questions about the theology of infant baptism, contact Rev. Casey Orr to learn more.

  • I would like to get more involved with BUMC Kids. Who do I contact?

    We would love to have you join in all the fun that BUMC Kids has to offer! Contact Kathleen Argueta to learn how you can get connected.

Meet the BUMC Kids Staff

Ellen Garrett

Ellen Garrett

Director of BUMC Kids
egarrett@bumc.net
615.577.7261

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Kathleen Argueta

BUMC Kids
Administrative Assistant

kargueta@bumc.net
615.324.7241

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Amy Glenn

Assistant Director
of the Day School

dayschool@bumc.net
615.373.2523

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Selia Hammond

Early Learning Center
Curriculum Coordinator

shammond@bumc.net
615.324.8202

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Jenny Hyams

Day School Curriculum Specialist
jhyams@bumc.net

Mollie Johnston

Mollie Johnston

Director of the Day School
mjohnston@bumc.net

615.324.7226

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Lori Joiner

Director of the Early Learning Center
ljoiner@bumc.net

615.324.8202

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Sarah Kimball

Assistant Director of the Early Learning Center
skimball@bumc.net

615.324.8202

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Abby Owens

Associate Director of BUMC Kids
abbyowens@bumc.net

615.577.4882

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Lynn Summar

Angel Choir Director
(Pre-K + Kindergarten)

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Gretchen Voyles

BUMC Kids Assistant
gvoyles@bumc.net
615.373.3663

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James Wells

Director of Youth + Children's Music
jwells@bumc.net

615.324.7228

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