Children and Families

St. John’s United Methodist Church has an outstanding and full children’s program. In addition to Sunday School, St. John’s offers a variety of music, sports, scouting, and other group activities for children in a nurturing, encouraging, and caring Christian environment. Click Here to see the Children’s Ministry 2017-18 Calendar.

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Childrens Ministry 1b Kingdom Quest Sunday School – Grades K-4:
St. John’s United Methodist Church is proud to offer this exciting faith education program for children. In Kingdom Quest, children meet in aged-classes to play, lead, and create while learning about Bible stories. For the 2017-208 year, the kids will be learning with the Bible in One Year Program. Each week, the kids learn about a new Bible story or figure, and how each of those events/people fits into God’s plan! The curriculum engages children with meaningful activities that encourage participation and interaction. Classes meet upstairs at both 9:30 AM and 11:00 AM. Classes at 9:30 are held in room 236 for 3rd to 5th graders, and in room 248 for kindergarten through 2nd grade. At 11 a.m., K-5th grade are grouped together in room 248.
Preschool Sunday School – Ages 3 through pre-K:
Preschool Sunday School is specifically designed for children ages 3 through pre-Kindergarten. Every Sunday, this program provides children with a hands-on approach to learning God’s Word. The Preschool Sunday School meets in Room 140 at 9:30 AM and 11:00 AM. Preschoolers are also working on The Bible in One Year program.
Childrens Ministry 2 Little Lambs Nursery – Infants through Age 2:
Our highly trained and caring staff is available to shepherd our youngest friends (infants – 3 years old) during every worship service. In addition, the Little Lambs Nursery is offered during some other church meetings and functions. Age appropriate activities and developmentally stimulating toys help the children enjoy their nursery experience. Pagers are available so parents can worship without worry. All Nursery workers are CPR certified, background checked, and have undergone Safe Sanctuaries Training.

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Each Tuesday, the kids will split their time between two classes: Obstacle Training and a Bible Lesson.

In obstacle training, the kids will work with Coaches Josh Kronberg and Beverly Gerard. Coach Josh is a five-time Ninja Warrior Competitor, gym owner, and obstacle course coach. Coach Beverly is a Group Fitness Instructor, personal trainer/owner at Skipbarfitness, and mother who believes fitness is a great way for children to excel.

In Bible class, we’ll learn how God helps us to be strong and confident. With his help, anything is possible—whether it be running through an awesome obstacle course, doing well in school, or being a good friend to others—he has a plan for us to become great!

If you’d like to learn more about this program, please e-mail Brandie Spletzer. If you’d like to register your child, fill out the After School Adventures Fall 2015 Registration Form and turn into the church office or e-mail it to

Psaltery and Canate singing Hosanna!(For Children Age 4 Through 5th Grade)

NewSound provides a weekly opportunity for children to discover and develop their innate musical abilities. NewSound participants engage in both choral and instrumental music, as well as learning about the Christian faith. The individual choirs sing in Sunday morning worship several times throughout the year. Click Here for more information, or Click Here for the latest choir brochure.

• Prelude Choir (Age 4 and Pre-Kindergarten)
• Psaltery Choir (Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd Grade)
• Cantate Choir (3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade)


(For Children 12 Months Old Through Age 4)

St. John’s offers a nationally accredited week-day preschool for children ages 12-months-old through 4-years-old. Each one of our highly qulified and trained staff is Red Cross First Aid and Child CPR certified. In addition, each staff mamber completes 24 hours of continuing education each year. Find out more about our Preschool Plus Program here. Both part-time and full-time schedules are offered:





Hours of Operation (Monday – Friday):

• Preschool: 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
• Early Care: 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM
• After Care:1:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Kids Bible ClubJoin us every Wednesday through May 3 to learn about how to be a superhero!

The Bible tells us what characteristics we need to be super: helpfulness, creativeness, self-control, and more! We’ll meet in Room 240 at 6:00 PM for games, and then split into age-level classes for a lesson, songs, and hands-on activities! For ages 3 through 5th grade.

If you’re singing with NewSound – no problem! Join us at 6:15 PM.

Angel MinistryAll are welcome!

We are happy to offer assistance to children with special needs and their families. Our Angel Ministry facilitators work to help all children feel included in our programs, as well as train our teachers to create lessons and activities that are open to all.

Other ProgramsCub Scout Pack 286 & Boy Scout Troop 286:
Every Monday night, starting at 7:00 PM, Boy Scout Troop 286 meets in Room 245. On Tuesdays at 6:30 PM, Cub Scout Troop 286 meets in Room 240. Boys in first grade and up are welcome! Please contact Jim Spates for more information on Boy Scouts, or Jim Dawson for more information on Cub Scouts.

Parents’ Night Out:
On the second Friday of every month, from 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM, parents have the opportunity to go out while their kids come to St. John’s to play games, do craft projects, and eat pizza. Parents’ Night Out is supervised by our nursery staff, who are all CPR certified, background checked, and highly trained. The cost is only $10 per child. Registration forms for your child’s first visit to Parents’ Night Out are available here, and in the main office. Call 883-9717 to reserve a spot.

Summer Programs:
• Sensational Summer Day Camps – Preschool & Elementary
• Elementary Camp (at Sacramento Methodist Assembly) – 4th and 5th Grades
• Vacation Bible School – Ages 3 through 5th Grade
• S.M.A.R.T. Camp (Summer Music, Art, Rhythem, & Theater Camp) – Grades 1 through 6

Uniquely wired, wonderfully made! St. John’s UMC is hosting a Faith Quest full of fun for children ages 3 through rising 6th grade. Gadgets, Gizmos, and God will be held June 19-23, 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM at St. John’s. Each day, kids will learn how God made us uniquely, how he made us to have a relationship with Jesus, and how we’re made to love others! We will sing, create, dance, and play while learning how God is always there for us! Lunch is included. Faith Quest is free, and open to all children age 3 and up! Enrollment is limited and fills up quickly. Click Here to Register Online. Contact Brandie Spletzer at 883-9717 x133 or e-mail with questions.

Kids going into sixth grade can enroll as campers, or as helpers. Please note “helper” in the notes line when enrolling.

Faith Quest is free! Enrollment is limited and fills up quickly. For more information, contact Brandie Spletzer at 883-9717 x133 or e-mail

Our annual Summer Music, Art, Rhythm, and Theater (S.M.A.R.T.) Camp at St. John’s United Methodist Church is July 17-21. The camp is for rising 1st–6th graders and is open to the community. (Children must be 6 years old prior to Sept. 1, 2017.) The camp will be 9:00 AM-1:00 PM at St. John’s, lunch is included. After-care is available for a small additional fee, pre-registration is required. During the day, the children will follow a rotating schedule of sessions in various musical activities, including vocal, instrumental, creative movement, drama, and art. During the week, children will prepare a musical, to be presented at the end of camp on Friday. This year, we are investigating the case of a missing person, Jonah, in the musical The Big Fish: Jonah’s Whale of a Tale.

Register early, reduced rates end June 23rd! Enrollment is limited and camp fills up quickly. Click Here to Register Online, or download the Smart Camp 2017 Registration Form Here. For more information, contact us at

$90 per person, early registration
$120 per person, late registration
Registration Deadline is July 13th.

Aftercare is available from 1:00 PM-5:00 PM on S.M.A.R.T. Camp days. The cost per student for the week is $40. Aftercare requires a separate registration. Please CLICK HERE to go to the After-Care Registration Form. You must complete the SMART Camp registration as well as the Aftercare registration.