Welcome to the Children’s Ministry of Mount Olivet
We’re so glad to have lots of children that bring energy to our church. Mount Olivet is here to help our families raise their children with a strong faith. We want our kids’ beliefs to influence every aspect of their lives. We provide a lot of family activities, a great Sunday School program, and Godly Play worship experience at 11:00 a.m. worship. Our hope is your family will find a place to belong at Mount Olivet!
Use online registration to register your children for programs at Mount Olivet, including Sunday school, Children’s Choir, and more!
We encourage all children to attend and participate in services of worship.
The following are some helpful hints for everyone to make the worship experience more meaningful for the whole family.
Try to sit where your child can see what is happening.
Help locate hymns and responses in the bulletin.
Assist your child in singing hymns.
Encourage your child to stand when the congregation stands.
Bringing children to worship may not always be easy, but it is an essential part of their faith journey.
Let your child get a children’s bulletin from the usher. These have pictures and games that relate to the lesson of the day.
A nursery is available for children ages 3 and younger in room S-14. Go through the doors on the left side of the sanctuary and follow the signs. Parents receive pagers to let them know if they are needed.
Pew Bags are available for use during the service. Even the most creative, interesting worship experience can be a long time for children. Children do hear what is going on in the worship service, but sometimes it is easier for them to listen if they have busy hands. Pew bags are available as you enter the sanctuary. These bags are to be returned so they will be available for the next Sunday.
At 11:00 a.m., following the Children’s Sharing, the kids will be divided up to have their own worship experience. We use the Godly Play curriculum.
During their worship time the kids will hear a Bible Story and connect it to their own experience and relationship with God. Godly Play encourages curiosity and imagination in experiencing the mystery and joy of God. Godly Play is a way of preparing children to join in the worship and life of our congregation as they develop a deeper understanding of stories, symbols and rites.
At the 11:00 a.m. worship service,
- Wee Believers is for children ages 3 years old through Kindergarten. The children are dismissed and go up the stairs in the Gathering Space. At the conclusion of the service they may be picked up in room U-4.
- Belief Builders is for children in grades 1-5. The children are dismissed at the conclusion of children’s time and may be picked up downstairs in room L-8 following the service.
Your infants and toddlers are in very capable hands at Mount Olivet UMC. Our nursery is staffed by caring professionals who love children and are strongly committed to their safety and security. Nursery care for infants through 3 years old is available from 8:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. on Sundays and for many other church events. Our nursery is located on the preschool side of the building on the same level as the sanctuary. If you have questions about nursery care at Mount Olivet, please contact Linnea Carlson, Director of Children’s and Family Ministry.
Mount Olivet has a strong Christian education program for preschool and elementary school-aged children with classes meeting from 9:40 -10:40 a.m. Each class is taught by a team of dedicated church members using United Methodist curriculum.
Use online registration to register your children for programs at Mount Olivet, including Sunday school, Children’s Choir, and more! Click the blue button above.
Sunday Morning Preschool classes are in the preschool wing of the church.
Two-year-olds and three-year-olds, Room S-16
Four-year-olds, Room S-9
Five-year-olds (Kindergarten), Room S11
Children are placed in classes based on their age as of September 30. For example, if your child turns 3 on October 5, he/she will be in the two-year-old class the entire year. (This ensures that your child is in the correct class when he/she begins school.)
1st Grade, Room U7
2nd Grade, Room U4
3rd Grade, Room U6
4th Grade, Room U5
5th Grade, Room L-6
Contact: Linnea Carlson, Children and Family Ministries Director | Lcarlson@mtolivet-umc.org | (703) 527-3934