Opportunities for all ages


Greetings from Children’s Ministry! We couldn’t be more excited that you are looking for a church home, and we hope that your family can find a place here! God calls us to walk alongside parents of all children. Our vision is to excellently engage children with biblically missional principles in a safe environment. This will allow us to fulfill our Holy Spirit - led mission of:

  • Empowering Families
  • Creating Disciples
  • Serving Others

Please consider following us on social media and don’t hesitate to contact us should you have any questions.

Get ready for a summer of making new friends,
having tons of fun and experiencing the joy that comes from Jesus’ love for all of us.

Registrations now open

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Children’s Ministry and Nursery

Children’s Ministry and the Nursery are opening for both the 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. services beginning on Sunday, February 7 at both the Loft and Main buildings. Registration required. We will follow all safety protocols.



One of the best ways to meet people, develop relationships, and grow as a follower of Christ is to serve the local church. And it’s not just on the weekends! Serving opportunities are available seven days a week.

Volunteers are the backbone of Children’s Ministry at The Woodlands UMC. All of our volunteers go through a background check and a training process. We encourage our families to partner with us so that we are able to assist you in developing your child’s spiritual formation.  

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Roots Bible Study

Spring 2021 ROOTS will look a little different than it has in past semesters. Starting April 7, Roots will meet for one session on Wednesday nights, from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Attendance will be capped weekly at 30 students. Social distancing and masks will be mandatory. We will still strive to create an environment that gives our kids a sense of community and helps them gain a deeper understanding of who God is.

Registration is required and will need to be done on a weekly basis


Carpool Parenting Podcast

Join Julie Crocker and Rev. Chris McLain, Co-Directors of The Woodlands UMC’s Children’s Ministry, as they host a 15-minute podcast talking to professionals about a variety of important parenting topics. 

April 19 message: “Kids and Emotions” with David Thomas, Director of Family Counseling at DayStar Counseling

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We want to reach and teach your children in such a way that they have the greatest opportunity to become devoted followers of Jesus. In Children’s Sunday School, your kids will worship, learn and have fun at their own level.

Volunteers are the backbone of Children’s Ministry at The Woodlands UMC. All of our volunteers go through a background check and a training process. We encourage our families to partner with us so that we are able to assist you in developing your child’s spiritual formation.

Children are precious to us at The Woodlands United Methodist Church. We strive to make our Noah’s Nook Nursery fun and stimulating for even the youngest child coming through our door. While we realize it can be difficult to leave your child in the care of others, we want to assure you that our staff has a genuine love for the work they do.

Our Nursery is staffed by paid, experienced workers who are trained in the areas of child care, child development, safety and sanitation and certified by the American Red Cross in CPR and First Aid.

We offer a loving, Christian atmosphere. All of our rooms are safe, fun and filled with age-appropriate toys, games and books.

Worship Services

Please refer to Re-Opening information for the most current details on Children's programming and child care options.

Reservations are not necessary for worship services. During worship services, all are welcome to bring children to the Nursery, infants through two years old (as of September 1).

Bible Studies, Programs and Events

Reservations are needed for Nursery care during all programs, except worship services. The Ministry leader sponsoring your Bible Study, program or event is responsible for requesting Nursery care and taking reservations. Reservations may be made online or through a ministry contact person. The Nursery cares for children, infants through age 12.

Nursery Cost

Nursery care is provided at no cost for worship services and many church-related programs and events. However, Nursery care for some events may require a fee. For more information on nursery reservations please call 281.297.5949

Our main program includes dozens of weekly volunteers to help support a small group of children. A core Early Childhood staff and interns help to organize, prepare and set up lessons and activities each week. Our young children participate in large group praise and worship where they sing songs and hear about Jesus. Volunteers oversee small groups in age specific classrooms in order to focus on the biblical truths that our children are learning. Children in our Sunday school program must be 3 years old by September 1 of the current school year.

If you have any questions, please contact Shana Duerr, Associate Director of Early Childhood Ministry.

Our 1st – 4th grade Sunday School program is designed to encourage and nurture the spiritual understanding and growth of our elementary-aged children. Children are welcomed by the friendly faces of staff ministry leaders, adult volunteers and teenage interns to join us in building friendships, enjoying fellowship, singing praise and discovering biblical truths. Each year, our 3rd graders participate in Bible Sunday where they receive their own Bible during the Traditional worship service.

If you have any questions, please contact Ingrid Gibbons, Associate Director of Elementary Ministry.

(Woodlands campus only)

Sunday School

56 Sunday school is an important step toward Confirmation readiness. Classes are offered on Sunday mornings at either 9:30 or 11:15 a.m. We start our morning with praise and worship in the 56 classroom followed by large and small group teaching. Our goal in 56 Sunday school is for students to develop a biblical foundation enabling them to better understand the Bible and to gain practical knowledge they can apply in their everyday life.


Roots is our mid-week Bible study for 5th and 6th grade students. We meet from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays during the school year. Wednesday evenings are a smaller crowd and the students have time to interact with each other on a more personal level. It is always a fun night!


Throughout the year we have Hangouts for our 5th and 6th grade students. Hangouts are all about fun! They are high energy events that allow students to fellowship with each other while having a great time.

If you have any questions, please contact Autumn Lewis, Associate Director of Intermediate Ministry.

Confirmation is a big step in your child’s personal faith journey, preparing him or her for a life of discipleship and Christian service. Our Confirmation program prepares your 6th grader to claim the Christian faith as his or her own. We typically have around 220 confirmands each year and celebrate 60 baptisms.

The Confirmation journey follows the school year calendar beginning in August and ending in May. Classes meet on Sunday mornings at 9:30 or 11:15 a.m. at the Family Life Center on The Woodlands Campus and 12:30 – 1:00 p.m. in the Gymnasium at The Woodforest Campus. Within a small group, your student will develop a spiritual foundation while building valuable relationships with the other students and the adult leaders of their group.

In addition to weekly classes, your student will participate in service projects within the church and our community, as well as have the opportunity to attend both a fall and spring retreat which includes parents.

Find Out More and Register for Confirmation

If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Chris McLain, Director of Children's Ministry/Confirmation & 56.

Special Blessings shares the love of Christ and serves children with special needs in preschool through 6th grade. Special Blessings Sunday School is offered at 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. for students in Pre-K – 6th grade on the Main Campus and at The Loft. Additional worship, social and recreational opportunities are offered for Special Blessings students and their families throughout the year.

If you have any questions, please contact Kelli Manning, Children’s Special Needs Coordinator.