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"We are God's Dream!"

Children & Family Ministry of Mt. Sylvan UMC

The children of Mt. Sylvan are leaders in our congregation as they live into being a community of God's Dream. They are eagerly learning, growing, and serving together as they live out the values of God's Dream.

In God's Dream...

  • We are Present
  • We Love
  • We Forgive
  • We Respect
  • We are a Community.
  • Because of God's love for us in Christ, the children of Mt. Sylvan

    are breaking down the walls between races, ages, and classes

    and showing the church that they are the church of today!

    For more information contact:

    Ms. EB

    *We are a Safe Sanctuary Church: Click Here to learn more about what that means.

    Sunday School

    Sunday Mornings 9:45 am - Children's Center

    Preschool (ages 3-5) and Elementary Age (Kindergarten through 5th grade)

    Sunday mornings are spent learning the wonderful stories of the Bible through the curriculum known as Godly Play. This curriculum is a creative, imaginative approach to Christian formation and spiritual guidance, with 40+ years of research and practice. It values openness and discovery through community and relationships. The stories of the Bible come alive with symbols and rituals found in Christian congregations. Children are encouraged to explore their faith in a broader sense through wondering and play. There are stories, play time, and a feast with prayers, which represents the community we have with God and with one another.

    Worship Bags

    8:30 and 11:00 am Worship Services

    For preschool and elementary age children, worship bags are available in the church narthex. Bags are divided by age group: yellow bags (Preschool age), red bags (grades K-2), and blue bags (grades 3-5). Each bag contains age appropriate items to keep children engaged during worship services.

    Please feel free to take a bag to use and return it to its cubby following the service.


    Sundays 8:15 am-12:15 pm

    Children who have not yet entered elementary school are welcome here.

    If you have little ones, our nursery is the place for you. We are blessed with great volunteers that love kids. All nursery workers have undergone a thorough background check and have been trained to follow Safe Sanctuaries procedures (through the program, churches train and certify persons as safe workers with children and youth in United Methodist ministries).

    The nursery is found just down the hall from our fellowship hall, in the education building located across from the church sanctuary. Please ask any church member and they will be happy to point you in the right direction. Nursery is provided for children who have not yet entered elementary school. When you come to our nursery, you will find a warm, friendly and inviting atmosphere. We are honored to be in ministry to them while you are in worship…they are in great hands!

    To volunteer in our nursery go to

    Performing Arts Day Camp (PADC)

    Every Summer at Mt. Sylvan

    Kindergarten-5th Grade

    Performing Arts Day Camp PADC is a summer camp for children, held each year in late June/early July, who have completed Kindergarten-5th grade(must be 6 years old by August 30th). Each day of camp will include singing, learning choreography, practicing lines and solos, recreation and games, crafts, and dancing. The week begins on Sunday evening, with a light snack provided. Monday through Thursday mornings include a light snack. Friday mornings are spent at varous assisted living homes in the Durham community performing for the residents, with a pizza party following, and Friday evenings include a performance and reception for all friends, parents and family.

    Kinder Garden

    Every Summer at Mt. Sylvan

    For ages 4-6 years old

  • Kids are invited to spend time in the garden each summer with Ms. Kathy and Ms. Linda! The summer fun will begin in early June and meet on successive Wednesdays.
  • Click here to download the registration form. Contact: Kathy Powell for more details.

    Mon., June 26 - Fri., June 30

    9:00 am - 12:30 pm


    Friday at 12:00 @ Mt. Sylvan UMC

    Kids will have a chance to showcase everything they’ve done during the week.


    $20.00 per camper. Please include your payment with your registration form.

    Each day of camp your child will participate in singing, recreation, crafts, and dancing. Each day of camp we will serve snack and on Friday eat lunch together with all the children participating in Performing Arts Day Camp. We will not be participating in the older kids’ production at the nursing home or their Friday night performance. We will have a showcase on Friday at noon to show off all of the things we have learned during the week!

    Registration forms are available in the church office. contact Ms. Elizabeth at or Ms. Hannah at

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