Children's Ministries

At River Hills United Methodist Church, we believe in supporting children and families in their spiritual, physical, and emotional growth and development.

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Email Seth Horstman if you'd like to sign up for the Weekly Family Ministries Update email containing the most up-to-date information about what's going on in Children's Ministry.

Sunday Mornings

  • Children of all ages are always welcome in worship! We don't expect them to sit quietly and still the whole time; we want them to know they are welcome and loved.
  • Nursery Care is provided from 8:00am-noon for our youngest children every Sunday.
  • Children’s Church— (age 3–Grade 1) is during the 9:00 and 11:05am Sunday morning worship services during the school year. (Currently on hold due to COVID.)
  • Sunday School for all children is held every Sunday from 10:15-11:00am. (Currently on hold due to COVID.)

JAM (Jesus and Me) Club

On break until the Fall!

JAM Club is for preschool through 5th grade. JAM Club meets Wednesday evenings. Join us Wednesday nights for some midweek fun.

Bible Milestone

Every year, 3rd graders are presented with their own Bibles in worship. This event gives 3rd graders and their parents an opportunity to learn more about their new Bible and explore it for themselves.

Communion Milestone

During this annual milestone event, children 3rd-5th grade (who haven't attended this Milestone before) will explore and prepare for receiving Holy Communion. They'll also learn how to serve communion for worship services the following day.

(Children of any age are welcome to receive Communion in worship whether they've attended this Milestone or not.)

Summer Activities

VBS (Vacation Bible School) is here! Anyone from potty-trained Pre-K through finishing 5th grade should join us, August 1-4, as we journey into out Roar Safari VBS! From 9am-12pm, we will dance, sing, visit the Hungry Herd Café, and explore Wild Bible Adventures. CLICK HERE to sign up your child for FREE!

There are many Minnesota UMC Camps, and you can visit the website HERE to find one that works for you and your child! Let us know if your child needs a scholarship, to be sponsored by the church, or if you need someone to help provide transportation to and from camp.

Join us, July 6th, as we take a trip to the Como Zoo! CLICK HERE to sign up, and make sure to include how many will be attending from your family before June 27th, so Seth can make reservations for everyone (reservations are required). Just meet us there at 'Cleveland Court' by the Carousel at 2pm.

River Hills Early Childhood Center

River Hills ECC offers daily year-round childcare for ages 6-weeks through Pre-K plus summer care for school-age children. Learn more at

Seth Horstman
Seth Horstman
Director of Family Ministries
Kris Heimerman
Kris Heimerman
Interim Children's Ministries Associate