Children's Ministry

Our goal is that all children will know and experience the love of God, and then extend that love to others.

Follow: We want those who are teaching and spending time with children at Pender to be followers of Jesus, who then teach children how to also be followers.

Reach: Our desire is for God to reach your child in a unique and meaningful way. This may come through some of our various Children’s Ministry events and activities, or through the loving community of Pender.

Transform: Ultimately, a relationship with Jesus changes lives. Living in the love that God has for us is a true gift and often times transforms the way in which we live.

We have activities for children during COVID!

Miss Jane from Pender UMC Children's Ministry shows us how to make a Mother's Day flowers craft!  Make a bouquet of flowers for Mom!

All you need are paper, markers, glue stick, tape, and scissors.

Miss Jane from Pender UMC Children's Ministry shows us how to make a 3D flower picture to celebrate Spring.

How to make a 3D Easter Bunny with Miss Jane.

An easy children's craft using paper, markers, tape and scissors to create a 3D Easter Bunny picture.

Current Activities for Children

Every Sunday: Sunday School
There are two Children's Sunday School Classes meeting on Zoom at 10:00 am. 
Every weekday: Pender Hill School
The Pender Hill School is open.
Every Friday: Fun with Music
Fun with Music. Music and fellowship for children (ages 0-5) and their parents and/or guardians. Contact the webmaster for more information
May 1: Hope in Motion
Mark your calendars! We’re having a Pender Parking Lot Party to support The Chris Atwood Foundation’s Hope in Motion Virtual Day of Movement. 
Our Pender Parking Lot Party will be on Saturday, May 1 from 10am - 3pm and will feature a wide range of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy. 
More details to follow regarding the schedule and how to sign up.
May 16: In God's Garden
In God's Garden with Miss Jane from 2:30 -4:00 pm
  • Exploration of the Pender environment.
  • From worms to butterflies; flowers to trees.
  • Story time.
  • Butterfly craft.
  • Short walk.
  • Planting seeds to take home.
  • Please bring a towel or blanket for your family to sit on.
  • Sign up for In God's Garden
“The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kinds. And God saw that it was good.” Genesis 1: 12
May 17: Storytime
Children's Storytime with Miss Ann and Mr. Jim from 1-2 pm. In the parking lot.
  • Storytime begins at 1pm – Check-in will begin at 12:45.
  • Upon arrival, you will need to check in at the “Check in” table. Here you will be asked to review a poster and indicate that the health statements on the poster are true. And you will receive the number of the parking space that your family is assigned. (This allows for us all to be safely 6’ apart from other families)
  • Please bring and wear your masks. They are required for everyone’s safety, even outdoors.
  • Please bring a chair or blanket for your family to sit on.
  • Sign Up Here
June 13: Bike Rodeo
Children's ministries collaboration with the Fairfax Police Department to promote bike safety and healthy summer activity.
Presentation by the Fairfax, VA police department, this is open to all ages. Fun activities.
Please bring a helmet.
We are created in God's image. We honor Him when we keep our bodies healthy.
June 21-25, VBS (Vacation Bible School) Mystery Island.
Please join us for Pender's Mystery Island VBS on June 21-25, from 9:00 - 11:30 each morning!  
We will learn about the amazing attributes of God through daily lessons, music, crafts and activities.  
We plan to spend much of our time outside, and masks and social distancing will be required. Space is limited this year, so please register soon! 
VBS is open to children age 3 (must be potty trained) through rising 6th graders.
The VBS fee will be $20 per child, payable by check or cash on the first day of VBS. 
If you have questions, please contact Sarah Hocker or Ann Hines.

In case you missed it:

Our second “Pender Talk” webinar was February 24, 2021.  Dr. K. Drew Baker told us about the difficulties children are facing during this pandemic.

He shared how to help children now, as well as how to help them get ready to go back to school face to face.

When we are COVID-free, Pender offers numerous activities for children of all ages:

Sunday worship (All ages!) – At Pender children are encouraged and invited to participate in worship at church.

Sunday School (newborn- 6th grade) – on Sunday morning, at 10:15, we offer Sunday school for children 2 years old through 6th grade. They are in classes with friends that are around the same age as them so they can learn more about God’s love together. We are currently using Orange Curriculum which is amazing! Their goal is to connect the church and family together to deepen the faith of children!  

Sunday Morning Nursery– Babies up to 2 years old are welcome in the nursery during the 9:00 and the 11:15 am service. The nursery provides a warm and loving environment for the children. We also have a pager system to ensure safety and communication with parents. We also have the nursery open during other worship services that Pender offers.

Children’s Church– During the 9 :00 service we have a children’s message within the service specifically for kids! After this time of learning, children 2 years old through second grade are welcome to go downstairs for Children’s church.

Jesus Loves You (JLU) (4th - 6th graders) – On the second Sunday of every month JLU meets and has a time of fellowship, learning, and fun together! They meet from 5-7pm and learn more about God together.

Other Children’s Ministry experiences at Pender:
Children's Choirs and Bell groups
Scouting at Pender
Summer camps info

Pender offers various camps throughout the summer for children.of varying ages.

Vacation Bible School (VBS)

(2 years old -6thgrade)

Pender Hill Preschool

(18 months – 5 years)


Family Events:

Pender is dedicated to having family events throughout the year where the whole family can come and experience God’s love and fellowship with others together.

Some of our annual events include:

Movie Nights – Throughout the Year

Cabin Fever Party – February

Easter Event - April

Pender Rocks the Block – September

A Night in Bethlehem – December


All teachers are required to submit to a thorough background check and complete Child Protection Training. In addition, all teacher helpers must attend training.

Contact the Children's Ministry

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