​​All Children are welcome. We want children to come, feel welcomed, valued and be at home in our Children’s Ministry on Sundays, holidays and throughout the week.

Our Mission is to partner with families in building relationships and reaching children the best way possible so that they know, grow and go in God’s love.

In addition to weekly faith formation (our Sunday School), we also have fun seasonal activities and events. As always, friends and family are welcome to join the fun!

Fun & Faith Activities

  • Vacation Bible School
  • Trunk or Treat
  • Themed Lock-ins
  • Reading/Book Club
  • Easter Egg Hunt
  • Cooking Adventures
  • Sunday Special Activities and Missions

Vacation Bible School Mini Camp

Coming to Laurel UMC this Summer!
June 20, 21, & 22

Activities include fun music, amazing science, creative crafts, interactive games and Bible stories that will help children turn to God for their needs and to teach us to join God in providing the needs of others. 

Preschoolers 3, 4 or 5 years of age
Kindergarten - 2nd grade                                    
3rd, 4th and 5th graders

Thanks to a generous donor, VBS is FREE this year!

Mark your calendar and register now!!
Register by calling Laurel at 217 525-1866, in person or at 2023 VBS Registration.


Want to volunteer? Adult and Youth volunteers are needed!

Download the sign up form here

Nursery - Infants & Toddlers

It all begins when they are babies! Our nursery goal is for our little ones to be comforted and cared for in a safe, nurturing environment.

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Children - Preschool - 5th Grade

In addition to Faith Formation (Sunday School) there are lots of activities and projects to help make the Bible story real and understandable for children.

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Spiritual Celebrations in a Child's Life

There are many times in a child’s life that we at Laurel stop and celebrate their spiritual growth and journey, such as baptism, Bible presentation and confirmation.

View Spiritual Celebrations in a Child's Life Details

Library & Lessons

There are many exciting ways to learn! We have great books in our library for all ages, ranging from picture books to chapter books. We also have many prepared lesson plans.

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Safe Sanctuaries

Our church has adopted policies and procedures intended to protect children and youth from any risk of child abuse. Our goal is always to maintain a safe place where children and youth may experience God’s love and engage in learning.

Laurel’s contact JoAnn Overholt, Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries may be contacted at 217-525-1866 or joverholt@laurelumchurch.org with questions, ideas and/or suggestions.

Yes, friends are always welcome!!!

Jesus said: “Let the children come to me and do not hinder them. For the Kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

— Matthew 19:14
(NIV – New International Version)

We are called together to serve God!!
“So let’s strive for the things that bring peace and the things that build each other up.”  

— Romans 14:19
(NIV – New International Version)