Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, do not hinder them.”

We want to partner with you in your child’s faith growth. At Washington Street, we intentionally create a safe, secure, and nurturing environment where children are guided to grow in their faith and become genuine followers of Jesus Christ.  as we welcome them with love, expressing Jesus’ words when He taught his disciples by saying, “let the children come to me”.

What to expect
You and your child will be welcomed with a smile as our team helps you get checked in.

Children’s Ministries at WSUMC are places where children learn they are loved by God and the people of God. We understand that even as infants and toddler’s children begin to see the world and understand about God’s love for them.  All of our children’s ministries are designed so that children can engage in fun and creative stories and activities that help shape, guide and empower their growth in faith.

We invite you to join us as we partner with your family’s desire to grow in faith and share life together.

Sunday School – 10:00 am

  • Nursery – (Ages 0 to 2) Our nursery is located on the first floor in the Child Development Center providing a safe and loving environment for babies to experience playtime and the love and attention of dedicated staff and volunteers.
  • Toddler – (Ages 2 and 3) Our toddler room is located on the first floor and led by a team of faithful and caring adults who provide age specific activities designed to communicate the love of Jesus to children.  Activities include songs, stories, crafts and playtime.
  • Preschool/Kindergarten – (Ages 4 and 5) Our Preschool/Kindergarten class is located on the second floor and is led by a faithful and caring teaching team. Each week children in this class learn about Jesus through creative teaching, crafts and games designed to reinforce biblical life lessons.
  • Elementary – (Grades 1-5) Our Elementary age Sunday School class is located on the second floor and is led by a set of 4-5 teachers that share teaching on a rotation basis. The focus of this class is for the students to learn how to use and reference the Bible and be exposed to the stories of the Bible through age-appropriate and fun lessons that include reading, crafts, and activities.

Children’s Moments

Children are invited to join their families in the Sancturary for the 11:00 am service of worship each week. We provide “activity bags” for young children at the entrance to the sanctuary and offer a brief “Children’s Moment” within the first 15 minutes of the service. The “Children’s Moment” is led by either one of the pastors or another caring adult in the congregation and consists of a brief object lesson or story related to the scripture lesson for that day. Following the “Children’s Moment”, children up to age 5 are invited to follow one of the adult leaders who will be standing at the door of the sanctuary and will lead them to “Children’s Church”.

Children’s Church

Children’s Church is a special time for children ages 3-5 that takes place in the Toddler room on the first floor immediately following the “Children’s Moment” during the 11:00 am service of worship. While participating in children’s church, children build healthy relationships with other children in the church as they engage in interactive games and crafts that reinforce the message they heard during the “Children’s Moment”.

Safe Sanctuary

Washington Street is a Safe Sanctuary congregation committed to providing a safe and caring environment where children can grow in their faith and relationships with others. This means all of the staff and volunteers who work with and lead our children’s ministries have passed background checks and participated in safety training.

Vacation Bible School

Each July, Washington Street always offers a wonderful 4-5 day Vacation Bible School (VBS) filled with fun and interactive bible-based learning for children ages 5 -11. Details about each year’s VBS are posted in advance on this website and can be found on the Home Page. We hope you will bring a child you love to join us for the next VBS! For more information, contact Rev. Kathy James, Associate Minister of Discipleship.

For more information, contact us at 803-256-2417 or

you may email Rev. Kathy James at [email protected].