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. This year we will be following along with The Story using the early elementary curriculum walking through the bible from Genesis to Revelation in 31 weeks.

When: Children’s Church will begin September 17th, 2023 and run through May 19th, 2024

Time: 10-10:30am Sundays

No Children’s Church: March 31st, 2024



Pathfinders is for 3rd-5th grade children. They will enjoy a 6-7 week series each semester focusing on finding their path in God’s Kingdom. These series will focus on short bible lessons, team building, fellowship, self-discovery, and service.

Pathfinders Schedule

Wednesday’s from 3:45-5pm beginning February 13th.

Spring Semester Dates: 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/5, 3/19, 4/2

We will have the church van available to pick up kids from Northstar Elementary. Snacks will be provided!

All 3rd through 5th graders are welcome, regardless of school district or church home.


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: 1st and 3rd Sunday from 5-7pm

Upcoming Events:

    • March 17th – Iowa Wolves Game
    • April 13th – Wesley Woods Retreat

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 Fall 2023. More events may get added, watch our Facebook page for updated information.

Family Game Nights
Friday, February 23rd, 2024 – Trivia Night
Time 6-7:30pm
Get out of the cold and stop on over for a fun Family Game Night.
Good Friday Day Camp

March 29th, 2024 9am-12pm

Kids ages 4 through 5th grade are invited to join us for our annual Good Friday Day Camp where we will discover the Easter Story through fun, interactive games, activities, and stories! This event is free and open to everyone!
Contact Lauren Petersen with questions or if you are interested in participating. Lauren – or 641-842-3712.

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 Family Life Center featuring pickleball, volleyball, basketball, concession stand, and meeting space.

Director of Children's, Youth, and Family Ministry

My name is Lauren Petersen and I am the 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 a menagerie of other farm animals. 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 love being 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 641-842-3712