Children’s Ministry

Wesley’s Children’s Ministry provides a nurturing environment where children (and their families) can grow their faith and love for God, learn to serve, and take part in fun activities with friends and church family. Our activities include Sunday School, holiday celebrations, intergenerational activities, mission projects, and fellowship activities. We’d love to meet your family — you’re always invited to Wesley UMC! Please reach out to chris@wesleyvienna.org or jennifer@wesleyvienna.org if you have questions about our Children’s Ministry activities, or about Wesley UMC in general.

Sunday School takes place during the 11:00am worship service on most Sundays, except for the first Sunday of each month (Communion Sunday, when children have the opportunity to worship with their parents), and a few holiday weekends. We have classes for Grades Preschool-1 and Grades 2-5. Children attend the 11:00am worship service with their parents, and are led downstairs by their teachers for Sunday School following the Children’s Message. Parents pick up their children in the classroom after service. New students are welcome at any time during the year, and visiting families are welcome to check out a class together! Questions? Send email to chris@wesleyvienna.org.

Nursery: Our professionally staffed Nursery provides care for children ages infant through 3 years during our 8:45am and 11:00am worship services. We love to have little ones in our services, and truly don’t mind the various “joyful noises” they produce. But if your child would be happier playing with fun toys, please know that our our Nursery, located in room 105 (just below the Sanctuary), is always ready for your little one!

ROAR! Life is Wild - God is goodVacation Bible School: We can’t wait for VBS! In 2019, from June 24-28, we will host over 100 children ages 4 through rising 4th grade for an exciting week of song, laughter, games, bible discovery, and surprises, followed by a VBS Family Celebration on the following Sunday. Our theme will be Group’s Roar VBS, and registration will begin in February 2019. To receive VBS email updates and announcements, send email to vbs@wesleyvienna.org.


Family Mission Opportunities:

  • Power Pack Program: This intergenerational activity invites families to help prepare Power Packs of non-perishable food and beverages for needy Vienna-area elementary school children. Click here for the Power Pack schedule and more information.
  • Wesley’s Annual Coat Drive: Each November, Wesley collects donations of coats and sweaters for homeless and needy people in Northern Virginia. There are many ways for children and their parents to help with this intergenerational mission.
  • Kits for Conference: Each June, our Sunday School classes contribute school supplies to create school kits, which the United Methodist Committee on Relief delivers to school children in need, in the USA and abroad.

Wednesday Night Suppers: Supper is served from 6:00pm to 6:30pm. The cost? Just $1 for grownups — children eat free! In nice weather, families gather on Wesley’s playground before supper – join the fun! To receive emails about weekly menus and schedule updates, send email to emilwilson@aol.com.

Holiday Celebrations: We are always excited about holidays! We celebrate our Lord’s resurrection on Easter Sunday with an egg hunt and a special story for children. During Advent, we prepare to celebrate Christ’s birth in with special Sunday School lessons, and we prepare a song to sing for the congregation at Wesley’s Lessons and Carols service.