Children's, Youth, and Family Ministry

At FUMC we strive to provide a fun, welcoming environment to all, while helping children and families grow in their faith together.

Children's Church

Children’s Church is available for kids ages 3 – 2nd grade. After Children’s Time during our regular church services on Sundays, the children are invited to go downstairs to Kids Kingdom for the remainder of the service to learn about their bible story for the day. Similar to Sunday School, it walks the kids through the bible with fun, interactive activities for each story. We currently use Cokesbury’s Deep Blue curriculum.

When: Sundays, beginning September 18th, 2022 through May 21st, 2023

Time: 10-10:30am (after Children’s Time)

Exceptions: No Children’s Church

March 12th, 2023; and April 9th, 2023.


Pathfinders is for 3rd-5th grade children. They will enjoy a 6-week series each semester focusing on finding their path in God’s Kingdom. These series will focus on short bible lessons, team building, fellowship, and self-discovery.

Pathfinders Schedule

Wednesdays from 3:45-5pm

February 1st, 2023 – March 8th, 2023

We will have the church van available to pick up kids from Northstar Elementary.

Snacks will be provided!

Living Way Youth

Our Youth Group is comprised of youth in grades 6-12. This group will enjoy bible lessons focusing on getting to know God and Jesus and answering some of life’s questions. They also participate in team building, games, fellowship, service projects, mission trips, and more.

Living Way Youth welcome anyone who wishes to participate. The youth assist in planning events such as service projects, mission trips, and more.

When: Every Sunday from 5-7pm. Our last Sunday of regular meetings will be May 21st, 2023, then we will start our summer schedule.

Exceptions: No Youth Group on January 22nd, February 12th, March 12th, April 9th, and May 14th.

Upcoming Events:

  • February 10th, 2023 – Winter Jam Concert in Des Moines
  • Spring Camping Trip – Date TBA
  • Wesley Woods Overnight Retreat Spring or Summer of 2023
  • Summer 2023 Mission Trip to St. Louis – Date TBA

Upcoming Children's and Family Events

We offer a variety of Children’s and Family events throughout the year. Here is a listing of what we have scheduled for  January – May 2023. More events may get added, watch our Facebook page for updated information.

Spring 2023 Children’s, Youth, and Family Brochure


Church Game Night

February 15th, 2023, 5:30-7:30pm: Join us for pizza and board games. Bring your favorite board game and come enjoy a night of friendly competition, fun and food! This is a great event for everyone!

Family Easter Experience

March 23rd, 2023, 5-7pm: Experience the Easter Story in a whole new way through games, crafts, and more. This event is fun for the whole family!

Good Friday Day Camp

April 7th, 2023, 9am-12pm: Enjoy a fun filled day learning about the Easter Story. More details to come!  Ages 4 – 5th Grade

Mother Child Tea Party

May 6th, 2023, 11:30am-1pm: Come enjoy a fun tea party where the kids will serve their moms! This will be a great event for Mom’s and kids of any age!

Our Setting

We have newly renovated spaces for our Children’s and Youth Ministries with bright, colorful, inviting rooms that are multifunctional for a variety of activities. We also have access to an indoor play area, outdoor playground, and our new Outdoor Life Center featuring pickleball and basketball.

Director of Children's, Youth, and Family Ministry

My name is Lauren Petersen and I am the new Children’s, Youth, and Families Ministry Director. Here is a little bit of information about me. My husband Jacob and I have two daughters, Nora and Anna. We live on a farm outside of Knoxville where we raise sheep along with chickens, rabbits, ducks, dogs, and cats. I love spending time outside on the farm doing chores and helping my girls with all their animals. In the summers we travel all around the state showing sheep. In my spare time I love to read, swim, go for walks, and just enjoy the outdoors.

I am very excited to be a part of First United Methodist Church’s staff and look forward to getting to know all our wonderful families and kids. My goal in this position is to make a positive impact on peoples lives and help our children and youth grow in their faith and understanding of God. If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Email address: or call 641-84-3712