A church should be a primary place where kids of all ages feel safe, cared for, encouraged in and free to explore their faith. Through all of our programs, we strive to provide a nurturing, fun, and formative environment for all children and youth.

Don’t forget to check out the events page for special program dates you won’t want to miss!

Sunday Morning


9:00 AM: Children are invited to the front of the church to hear a message just for them before they head off to Sunday School or rejoin their families in worship. Teens can choose to go to Sunday School or worship with their families.

8:00 and 10:30 AM: Children and teens are invited to worship with their parents. Children age 3 and younger are welcome in the nursery for age-appropriate curriculum.


Our nursery is adjacent to the worship area and is available for infants and toddlers to age 3.

Sunday School

9:00 – 10:00 AM, during worship for Preschool-12th grade in the education wing. The first Sunday of every month youth in grades 4th-12th do not have Sunday School, and children return with their teachers to worship to receive Holy Communion in the Sanctuary.

Sunday School Registration


Child Protection Policy

SDUMC is a Safe Gatherings compliant institution. All of our paid and volunteer childcare workers have completed this standardized training and have up-to-date background checks. To learn more about Safe Gatherings, click here. [insert link to Safe Gatherings website.]

Please fill out the Sunday School registration form with name, emergency contact, and any necessary health information for each child from nursery age through 5th grade.

Beyond Sunday

S.L.A.M. (Students Living A Mission)

  • Grades 3– 5
  • Wednesdays, 4:00-5:30pm Youth Room
  • This group provides is a safe, loving, supportive environment for young people to explore their relationship with God, put their faith into practice, and have fun. The structure of the group will include a snack, check-in, icebreakers, games, activities, movie clips, learning content, and discussion.

Jr. High Youth Group

  • Grades 6-8
  • Every Sunday, 5:00pm-7:00pm

* Jr. High and Sr. High youth meet together for dinner and games before breaking up into smaller groups for discussion and content.

Sr. High Youth Group

  • Grades 9-12
  • Every Sunday, 5:00pm-7:00pm

* Sr. High and Jr. High youth meet together for dinner and games before breaking up into smaller groups for discussion and content.

Vacation Bible School

  • Grades Preschool-5
  • Every summer, one week
  • Children explore their faith and have fun through a variety of hands-on activities, including art, science, music, and storytelling. For more information, click here.

Sierra Service Project

  • Grades 9-12
  • Summer, one week
  • Travel both in state and out of state to repair homes on Native American or urban worksites, and to experience fellowship with other teen groups.

Summer Camp

  • Grades 1-12
  • Every summer, dates and times vary
  • Camp Cedar Glen, Julian, CA
  • Each camp, led by staff from United Methodist churches throughout San Diego County, encourages youth to explore principles of faith and discipleship while playing, singing, studying, worshiping, and building life-long friendships.


Children’s Choir

  • Grades 1–6
  • Sundays, 10:05-11 AM, Children’s Music Room
  • Children learn basic music skills, while praising God and having fun! Choir sings in worship several times each year.
  • Directed by Marilyn Shepard – mshepard@roadrunner.com

Jubilate Choir

  • Grades 6-8
  • Wednesdays, 4:00-5:30 PM, Choir Room

Canticle Choir

  • Grades 9-12
  • Sundays, 4:30-6:00 PM, Choir Room

Youth will learn sacred music from a variety of genres. The first Sunday of each month each choir will share special music during one of the worship services, and both choirs will participate in the 5pm worship service on Christmas Eve. No prior experience necessary.

Youth choirs directed by Sonja Hershkowitz – sonjahershy@yahoo.com.

Youth Handbell Choir

  • Grades 7–12
  • Sundays, 4:30–6:15 PM, Choir Room
  • Teens learn the fundamentals of ringing. Choir performs several times each year.