Kids matter at Kirkwood UMC. Our goal at KUMC is to create a place for children and families to pray, worshipread and learn Scripture, and serve all while having fun and growing spiritually.

Every week at KUMC, children do this in Sunday morning small groups and child care, Sunday morning worship, Wednesday afternoon Play Cafe and  Wednesday afternoon children’s choirs.

Be sure to check out KUMC’s weekly schedule and Special Events Calendar below for times and more information.

If you have any question or would like more information, please
Welcome New Director of Children’s Ministry  
Jacob Nault

Hello! My name is Jacob Nault, and I am blessed to be your new Children’s Ministry Director! I am a first year student at Eden Theological Seminary, preparing for pastoral ministry (Master’s of Divinity) with music emphasis in the United Church of Christ. I am excited to have the opportunity to work in a large congregation, as my home church near Green Bay, WI has between 150-200 members! I have worked in children’s ministry in a variety of contexts, including several years as a camp counselor, and as Interim Christian Education Coordinator, and Angel (Children’s) Choir Director. I received my Bachelor’s in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy with a minor in Church Music from Lakeland University, a small liberal arts college in the cornfields of Sheboygan, Wisconsin. These days, I also work as a professional musician, composer and arranger, providing musical leadership for concerts, youth events and other functions in the wider church and in other community contexts. I play piano with six fingers because of my mild cerebral palsy, and the witness of God’s presence and goodness in my life in the midst of physical challenges is a message I enjoy sharing! I love sharing with each and every person I work with that they are an image of God, and I look forward to helping your children live into the joy of discipleship and being images of God together! Please contact me anytime via email at

Special Activies
Sunday, August 25
5:00 – 7:00 pm
in The Gathering Place
Get to know Jeremy Melton and his wife Suzie at an all-ages Game Night. Bring the whole family to play classic board and card games – or discover new games on this night!  Pizza and drinks will be provided! 
With the close of school in May, Kirkwood UMC goes into a summer schedule until about mid August.  Weekly Play Café  and the children’s choirs do not meet during the summer and Sunday School meets as one larger group, (K-5th) in the Chapel on Sunday Mornings. There are three special Play Café dates planed for the summer in Kirkwood Park. Here’s everything you need to know: 
8:45am – 11:45am Child Care | Ages 6 weeks – 5 yrs | Room 203 – 205

9:00am – 10:00am KUMC Kids Sunday Morning

Children Ages K – 5 yrs I Meet in the Chapel
Fall & Winter Sunday Weekly Schedule
Back to School time is approaching fast! KUMC’s Children’s Ministries will be switching over to Fall and Winter Schedules soon. 
9 am Sunday School Classes will resume Sunday, August 18th. 
Play Café will resume weekly Wednesday afternoons starting on September 4.
8:45am – 11:45am Child Care | Ages 6 weeks – 5 yrs | Room 203 – 205

9:00am – 10:00am KUMC Kids Sunday Morning Small Groups

Sprouts & Seedlings | Age 4/Pre-K | Room 211
 Buds & Blossoms | Grades K – 2 | Room 305 Deep Blue Sea Curriculum

10:15 am – 11:45 am Bible Explorers | Ages 3 – 6yo | Room 205

Tweens | Grades 3 – 5 |  Room 104 (in Student Hall) Re:form Curriculum

Wednesday Weekly Schedule

Wednesday Play Café
 Wednesday afternoons, 3:00pm – 5:00pm in the KUMC Gym
Parents, bring the kids and let them enjoy open gym time in our indoor gym play area while you relax and have a cup of coffee with other parents. Let the little ones wiggle out that afternoon energy while you catch up with friends! 
Play Café will resume for the Fall on September 4, 2019
Wednesday Children’s Choirs
Wednesday afternoons the halls fill with music when the children’s choirs meet for practice.
Children’s choirs meet weekly and perform once a month in worship services. 
We offer the following choir programs for grades K – 5: 
Cherub Choir: K – 2 Grade 
Celebration Choir: 3 – 5 Grade
CLICK HERE to go to the KUMC Music Page and learn more about these programs.
(Scroll to the bottom of the page to find Children’s Music and select the Children’s Choir that’s right for your child’s age.)

Kid’s Corner (during Worship) You and your family are encouraged to worship together with your children in the Kid’s Corner. The Kid’s Corner is located in the front, left (northeast) corner of the Sanctuary and The Wood and features age-appropriate games, toys, and activities for infants to 3rd graders.


Cry Room A “cry room” is also available for families and is located off the main sanctuary.


Child Care Rooms Families can also utilize KUMC’s child care offerings during Sunday worship.  Infant Room | 0 – 17 months | Room 206  Toddler Room | 18 – 35 months | Room 203/204 Kid’s Room | 3 – 5 years | Room 205

Other KUMC Children’s Ministries

Children’s Day Out Children’s Day Out provides daily child care for children ages infant (6 weeks – 5 years) in a loving Christian atmosphere during the week (Mon – Fri). Click HERE for more info!


KUM Preschool KUM Preschool offers a play-based learning curriculum with emphasis on fostering young children’s abilities to become self-directed, self-reliant, sensitive to others’ views, and to achieve personal, social, and academic success. Visit the Preschool’s website for more information.