Children & Family Ministry

Welcome to the United Methodist Church of Whitefish Bay where we strive to make each service ​the best hour of the week​ for kids! Contact Pastor Andrew for more info!

We love kids! That is why our children’s ministry is dedicated to make each service a time that kids know they are loved and accepted. Reflecting the values of our church.

Through fun and compelling programming, we desire to accommodate the needs of all kids. We provided a staffed nursery and age appropriate programs at all teaching for kids 6 weeks through fifth grade. Also, our sanctuary also features a lounge with a private nursing area to accommodate new parents.

We subscribe to the Orange philosophy of ministry. By partnering together, the church and family form a synergy to raise healthy and positive kids. To help the church and family connect, we use an app called Parent Cue.

Kids thrive in caring and safe environments. That is why we have secure procedures in a dedicated area of our building. Our volunteers are background checked and trained to make KidLife a safe space for children. If you are interested in joining our team, contact Pastor Andrew to learn more!

We encourage faith through Bible stories, exciting worship, and active service. The goal is to make disciples who recognize Jesus as their friend and love God and others.

We want to connect kids and families with the church and one other, so no one walks through life alone. We create community through milestones, activities, events, and connection opportunities.

Children in middle and high school participate in our Youth Ministry

Contact: Pastor Andrew

Click the tabs below for more information:

Taking Steps of Faith Together

Click on the categories below to learn more about each of the Milestone Ministry stages.

Blessings From Above

Blessings from Above consists of church members who offer support and help to parents after the birth of their baby. Our process includes:

  • We will contact the parents during the pregnancy and find out if anything is needed at that time.
  • The team will pray for the parents and the expected baby.
  • After the birth of the baby, the team will deliver a gift bag to the parents with a baby blanket, book, and helpful information to celebrate a new family member. The team will provide meals as needed.
  • The team leader will follow up with the family to check in introduce the Milestones and other opportunities to be connecting within the church family.

New babies truly are a blessing from above, and we want this ministry to aid the parents in any way that is needed.

Contact: Caitlin Arterburn


Baptism – Parents, first, meet with a pastor to discuss the sacred blessing of baptism and the covenant the parents are making to raise their child in a Christian community. The baptism is scheduled for a Saturday or Sunday worship service after this meeting. Contact Heather Taylor in the church office to schedule an appointment with a pastor.

Whole World in His Hands

Whole World in His Hands – 2-year olds and their parents learn that God made me and God made the whole world through active games, songs and special take home craft.

Jesus Loves Me

Jesus Loves Me – 3-year olds and their parents participate in an hour long exploration of how much Jesus loves YOU. Through songs, a Bible story, a craft, and a snack we will feel the love of Jesus and bring home a tangible reminder that we are never alone.

Jesus Loves Me So Much

Jesus Loves Me So Much – 4- year olds and their parents enjoy and hour long retreat to dig deeper in the understanding Jesus loves each one of us the most! Through songs, a Bible story, a craft, and a snack we will feel the love of Jesus and bring home a tangible reminder that Jesus wants to be our friend forever.

Walking With Jesus

Walking with Jesus – Age 5 is a big step in the life of a child. This is when most children begin attending full-day school. Parents are invited to attend a special retreat and backpack blessing with their 5-year old. We will talk about how to walk with Jesus every day with activities, snack, and a very special take-home that can be attached to a backpack.


Prayer – First graders and parents walk through the church to explore 12 + ways and reasons to pray. Prayer is talking and listen to God. This retreat will stretch our understanding of the ways to pray and make your prayer life as vital as each one of us. This prayer walk is written to be self-guided and very active, just like our 1st graders. Each station has a host to answer questions and provide materials.


Communion – The United Methodist Church believes that communion is a sacrament available to all, and that parents and children together decide when a child is ready to take communion. We specifically invite children who are in 2nd grade with their parents to learn about communion. This invitation includes an open public invitation to children and parents of any age to join in the retreat. We will explore the history, purpose, and specifics of communion through craft, conversation, and an opportunity to prepare the communion elements for the evening worship service. The children and their families will then attend the 5:00 pm worship service and partake in communion as a part of the service.


Bible – Our church family comes together to present a Bible to our 3rd graders each fall. We include all children older than third grade who are new to the congregation and did not previously receive a Bible. Parents and third graders attend a Bible retreat to learn about the parts of Bible, why we are giving the Bible now, to make connections with families of other third graders, and practice for the ceremony in worship. Each family is asked to select a mentor for their child, someone who is an active part of the child’s faith community. The mentor participates in the Bible retreat, presents the Bible to the child on behalf of the congregation and commits to checking in with the child for at least one year to talk about using and reading the Bible.

Contact: Pastor Andrew


Acolyte – As our children grow in their faith, we invite 4th graders to begin serving in worship as an acolyte. Training is provided for 4th graders and their parents about what it means to be an acolyte, what to do, and why it is so important that these things are a part of a worship service. Then, 4th graders sign up to serve monthly through out the year.


Worship – 5th graders are approaching the end of their elementary careers and preparing for increased responsibility in all aspects of their lives including faith formation. We invite 5th graders and their parents to learn about the history of worship, why it is structured the way that is, and what goes on “behind the scenes” at this church in preparation for a weekly worship service.

MACC (Musical Activities for Children of Christ):

Children (K4-5th Grade)

The K3/K4/K5 Choir – meets from 6:15 – 7:00 PM on Wednesdays in Room 219.

  • Leaders: Christine and Matt Annin.  Christine teaches general music at Lake Bluff Elementary School, plays violin with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and teaches private violin lessons.  Matt is the principal horn player of the MSO.  The Annins have a deep faith in God, cherish children, and are world-class musicians.

The 1/2/3 Grades Choir – meets from 6:15 – 7:00 PM on Wednesdays in the Choir Room.

  • Leaders: Mergee Donovan, Jongjin Jun, Megan Lybeck-Smoak, and Anna Van Nulland.

Mergee has singing/theatre experience, Jongin has keyboard experience, and Meg is a United Methodist pastor who loves music.  Anna is an elementary music teacher.  What a great combination of gifts these leaders will bring to our children!

The 4/5 Grades Choir – meets from 6:15 – 7:00 PM on Wednesdays in the Sanctuary.

  • Leaders: Neil Bubke and Maddy Modrinski.


Youth (6th - 12th Grade)

Youth Praise Choir (6th-12th grade) – Directed by Neil Bubke

  • Practices are Wednesdays, 5:30 – 6:10 pm in the Sanctuary

Summer camp builds friendships and allows the youth and adults in our community to come together for a few days of fun and fellowship. Camp Lucerne, located two hours northwest of Milwaukee, provides an ideal lakeside setting for summer camp.

During the Elementary/Junior High Camp, kids going into 3rd through 8th grades have a wonderful opportunity to grow in their faith and have an AWESOME time! Daytime camp activities are divided by grade level (grades 3-5 and 6-8), but everyone enjoys meals and evening campfire together.

Everyone is welcome, whether or not you are a church member!

Church Camp Dates:


Frequently Asked Questions

What will campers be doing at camp?

Campers will have a traditional camp experience including living in cabins, doing crafts, swimming and boating, playing capture the flag, soccer and other group games, and enjoying songs and s’mores around the campfire. This is combined with activities, devotions, speakers and small group bible activities exploring and celebrating our Christian faith.

Who can participate?

Students entering grades 3-8 in Fall 2017 can attend the Elementary/Junior High Camp (June 11-14, 2017).

Youth entering grades 9-12 can participate in the High School Camp (June 14-17).

What are the living accommodations like?

Campers sleep in traditional cabins with beds and electricity. Campers bring sleeping bags or sheets and blankets. Cabins for the youngest children have bathrooms. Most campers will use separate bathhouses with showers and toilets. Children understand that counselors escort them to the restrooms during the night as needed.

Who do I contact about registration?

Contact: Christy Wimmer at or (414) 964-2424, ext 221.

Are campers supervised?

Camp is highly supervised. Cabins are segregated by gender and grade, and each cabin of 4-10 campers has at least one adult counselor and one high school or college counselor. Camp Lucerne has a full-time resident professional staff to provide medical assistance, waterfront safety, and assure the camp is safe at all times.

What is the food like?

Camp Lucerne has a full time kitchen staff and spacious dining room. Meals are typical camp fare such as pancakes, fruit and sausage for breakfast, pizza for lunch, and burgers for dinner. Special dietary needs can be accommodated.

Online Registration:

Vacation Bible School

2021 Dates: August 9-13

All students K3 – 5th grade are welcome to participate. Also, we have a special two-day program for 2 year old children.

6th – 8th grade students are invited to be junior counselors.

High school students are invited to be counselors.

Contact Pastor Andrew to Volunteer

Registration opens this spring!

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