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

Children are highly valued at Laurel and are always welcome to worship with their parents in the sanctuary. Children’s packets are available in a basket as you enter the sanctuary and include activities to occupy children’s hands as they listen. Please feel free to take one or ask the usher for one. Other options include the Aquarium or Nursery Care.

The Aquarium

The Aquarium is located on the third floor and overlooks the sanctuary where you can observe (and hear) the worship service while your child can move around and engage in the children’s activities provided.

Nursery Care

Nursery Care is available in Room 204 from 8:15 a.m. until noon each Sunday. Our nursery is staffed with carefully screened, professional child care providers.


A great learning experience for preschool children on Thursday mornings from 9:30 – 11:30am. The morning is full of planned activities, music, crafts, games, story time, and a snack. Scribbles is a safe nurturing environment where children experience the love of God and the wonders of His creation. This is a great time for parents to shop, run errands or just have some down time for themselves while their children are in a loving educational setting.

Scribbles has a nominal monthly fee of $10 per month which covers craft/art supplies, snacks, and more. This fee will be waived if you are involved in a discussion group or activity at Laurel during the same time period. Registration is required. Register in person at Laurel UMC or call 217-525-1866.

Additional Nursery Care

Nursery care is an important part of our ministry. In addition to Sunday worship services it is available for most events. To make reservations for your child, talk with the group leader or call the church office 217-525-1866.

Music Ministries

Music is an important part of our childrens’ ministry. Watch for upcoming opportunities or contact Joann at for information.