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

The church’s mission is to “Connect All People to Jesus Christ.” In Children’s Ministry, we connect our youngest people! No matter their starting point, we help kids develop in their lifelong journey with God. We talk about God’s big story and help them see the active role they can play by becoming more and more like Jesus. 

Every weekend we provide loving care for kids ages infant to three years old, and fun, age-appropriate, Bible-based activities and teaching for kids for ages four years old through fifth grade. We also host Discovery Days Preschool, Vacation Bible School and seasonal family events.

Sunday Activities

On Sundays we offer a Children’s Message during both adult services (9:15 and 10:45) in the sanctuary. Immediately following the children’s message, the children will be dismissed to join their Sunday morning programming (Sunday School at 9:15, Children’s Church at 10:45). If families wish for children to remain in worship, children’s worship bags are available with activities to help them connect to worship.

Before you head to your 9:15 or 10:45 worship service please check in at the Family Ministries check-in station in the Connector, the Nursery or the Narthex (on Ninth Street with red doors).

SUNDAY SCHOOL (for ages 3 years old to 5th grade)

Sundays @ 9:15am

            3 to 5-year-olds in Whittler Treehouse
            1st to 5th graders in The Studio

CHILDREN’S CHURCH (for ages preschool to 3rd grade)

Sundays @ 10:45am in Whittler Treehouse

SERENDIPITY CHOIR (for ages 2 through 1st grade)

Sundays @ 10:15-10:45am in Whittler Treehouse

GRACE NOTES CHOIR (for ages 2nd through 5th grade)

Sundays @ 8:45-9:15am in Whittler Treehouse (Sept. 9 to Dec. 16, no rehearsal Nov. 25)


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 at Lenoir Senior Center and another spring production.

Programs & Annual Activities


Discovery Days Preschool is a faith-based program of Missouri UMC for toddlers through Pre-K. It operates 9am-1pm 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 summer we gather together for a fun and exciting week of learning, music, games and crafts.


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.


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.