Children's Ministries

Linda Leist - Children's Ministry Coordinator

(573) 443-3111

Missouri United Methodist Church 204 S. Ninth Street
Columbia, MO 65201
Phone: 573-443-3111

Children’s Ministries offers programs for children from birth through the 5th grade. This includes child care/nursery, Discovery Days Preschool, Sunday School, Children's Church, Vacation Bible School and seasonal family events.

Please check in at the Family Ministries check-in station in the Connector.

Sunday Activities

Worship, Kids’ Worship! and Serendipity Choir

Sundays @ 9:15am in Whittler Hall

Children participate with their families in worship and then can be dismissed to Kids’ Worship! and choir. If families wish for children to remain in worship, Children’s worship bags are available with activities to help them connect to worship.

Whittler Treehouse Early Childhood Ministry, Studio K-5, Worship

Sundays @ 10:30am

Children begin in a large group video lesson and return to small groups to participate in active learning.

  • Infants (Birth-24 mo.)  -  W7
  • Preschool (3 – 4 year)  -  W3
  • Drop-off (all ages)-  CLC 103
  • Pick up
  • K- 2nd Grade-  CLC 103
  • 3 – 5th Grade-  CLC 102

Grace Notes Choir

Sundays @ 6pm in the Chapel (September–May)

Children in grades 2–5 learn together through music.

Wednesday Activities


Wednesdays @ 6pm in CLC 103

Families with children/youth work together to create a Family Experience program to be performed at different times and locations throughout the year. No experience needed. You can help with the performance or work on set design and production. FX is a family experience that is open to ALL. Whether you have young children, youth, grown children, or no children – if you are interested in working on productions to share the Good News – we have a place for you!  FX does performances at Not So Frightening Friday, Living Windows, an outreach event (Lenoir) and another Spring production.

Programs & Annual Activities

Discovery Days Preschool   

Discovery Days Preschool is a faith-based program of Missouri UMC for toddlers through Pre-K. It operates 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during the school year. For more information on space availability and cost, please contact Courtney Gaunt, director, at 573-875-4886.


Each July we gather together for a fun and exciting week of learning, music, games and crafts. Children ages 4 through those entering Grade 7 are invited to participate.  Volunteers’ children younger than age 4 have their own special time.  Youth (Grade 8 and up) are invited to help as youth volunteers.


In October we join with the downtown District for a fun-filled Halloween event. Join us at the church for games, prizes and Trunk-or-Treat.

Advent Craft Festival   

Families enjoy making crafts to celebrate the season of Advent as we look forward to Christmas and the birth of Christ anew. Come spend some time as a family making crafts geared to all ages and abilities and then stroll through the District to enjoy the Living Windows displays.