Serving With Children

Manchester UMC’s Children & Family Ministries is looking for those interested in serving with children ages 6 weeks – 5th grade. Children are the future of the church, so let’s join together and help them have fun diving deeper as they learn about God and God’s unconditional love for all.

Please prayerfully consider serving in one or more of these Children and Family Ministry opportunities at Manchester UMC.

Nursery Volunteers (6 weeks – 2 yrs. old)

The nursery is looking for compassionate, friendly, and caring adults to facilitate the growth of our youngest friends (6 weeks – 2 years old). If you enjoy playtime, snuggles, and storytime, then this is the place for you. We ask that you volunteer 1-2x per month.

Good Shepherd Storytellers (2 yrs. old – 5th grade)

Good Shepherd is a very special wondering-based curriculum written by Rev. Brenda Stobbe. Our friends ages 2 – 5th grade (except Kindergarten) are using this curriculum to learn more about the stories of the Bible. As a storyteller, your job would be to travel between 2 classrooms on a Sunday morning and share the message with our students. This includes not only telling the story, but wondering right alongside of our young friends. We ask that Good Shepherd Storytellers serve at least 1x per month.

Lead Sunday School Teachers (2 yrs. old – 5th grade)

Our lead Sunday school teachers are in charge of the lesson for the day. They will help with opening activities, guiding friends through the Good Shepherd story and 1-2 follow-up activities, as well as closing our session out for that particular Sunday.

Our leadership team works very closely with lead Sunday school teachers and provides activity options for leads to choose. We ask that lead teachers volunteer at least 2x per month in order to keep consistency and help build relationships with our Sunday school children.

Assistant Sunday School Teachers (2 yrs. old – 5th grade)

Just as the name says, you will be assisting our lead teachers and Good Shepherd Storytellers on Sunday mornings. This includes helping our students with listening, learning, and adventuring into the Bible story each week. We ask that assistant Sunday school teachers work 1-2x per month.

KINdom Kids Volunteers (3 yrs. old – 3rd grade)

We are looking for those interested in volunteering with KINdom Kids at 11:00 worship services or at both the 9:00 and 11:00 worship services on the Family Worship Weekend. 

KINdom Kids is an opportunity for children ages 3-3rd grade, to leave the sanctuary with Pastor Brenda and a volunteer during the sermon time only.  When KINdom Kids in announced during the service, children will meet Pastor Brenda by the PRAYground and move with her and volunteers to the Nursery Annex.  The children are invited to hear a story that connects with the weekly sermon topic and then enjoy activities that reinforce the story.  Children may also enjoy the toys in this section of the nursery.  Children are brought back to parents at the end of the sermon.

Children’s Choir Helpers (K – 5th grade)

Manchester UMC offers children’s choir for ages Kindergarten – 5th grade. Both choirs are looking for extra hands to help out on Wednesdays from 4:30-5:45 pm.

Children’s Choir Helpers will assist with taking attendance, supervising fellowship time, and supporting the directors with rehearsal needs.

These young friends are amazing. Volunteers have expressed that their faith was fueled right along with these children as they learned more about these very special Bible stories.

All volunteers need to be 18+ and are required to complete Safe Gatherings certification.

If questions, please email the Director of Children’s and Family Ministries, Rev. Brenda Stobbe.

If you would like to serve in Children and Family Ministries, please fill out the volunteer form below. A member of our team will be in touch with you soon!

Please complete one form per person:




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