Detroit Lakes United Methodist Church
Sunday, November 28, 2021

Children & Youth Ministries

      Welcome to a Christ-centered environment where children and youth learn and discover how to grow in their faith!  On this page you will find updated information about DLUMC’s programs for children of all ages. Our programs combine education and fun to help children learn about God.  Families need not be members of DLUMC for their children to participate in these programs, as we would love to have your children involved!
      Dates for upcoming children’s events will be posted on this web page and also in DLUMC’s weekly email news: Journey Notes. Remember to check out DLUMC Youth on Facebook as well! Often a Permission Form (for overnight and off-site activities) and Registration Form are needed for children and youth to participate.  Please contact us with any questions or for further information.
    Lisa Braun, Faith Quest Director 
Jenny Alger, Youth Ministry Director 

Nursery Care

Sunday Mornings

"Adventure Kids"

Sunday Fun Days

 Camp Minnesota


Thank_God_It's Wednesday! (TGIW!)


Explore! (Grades_PreK-K)_

Discover! (Grades 1-3)

Seek! (Grades 4-5)

Accepted, Loved, Forgiven

(ALF   Grades 6-8)

Live & Love the Lord

(L3  Grades 9-12)




How Can Kids Help?


Nursery Care

Nursery care is offered throughout our main gathering times on Sunday morning and Wednesday evening. Infants through children age 4 are welcome to be cared for in the nursery. The adult Nursery Attendant as well as helpers in the nursery have received safety training and are well-versed in our Care and Protection Policy. The nursery is located in the preschool area, which is in the northwest corner of the church building.  From the church's main entrance, parents will need to pass through the Fellowship Hall to reach the nursery area. Please ask for assistance; someone will be glad to help you. Nursery may also be provided for special events throughout the year.

Sunday Mornings

"Adventure Kids" is a Sunday morning program for children. During both worship services, following the Children's Sermon, children from age 4 through 4th grade will be invited, if they choose, to leave regular worship to participate in a meaningful, age-appropriate worship that will connect them to God in a way they can better understand.  This will give parents and grandparents time to enjoy adult worship and know that their children and grandchildren will be enjoying a worship experience appropriate for their age and attention span.

Sunday Fun Days 2021

"Creation Care"

This summer we are focusing on Creation Care & will do some projects that will help your family be more conscious of how you are treating our environment! Load everyone in the car & head to DLUMC at 7pm on any or all of these Sundays to take part in a family VBS experience!
June 20
Creation Care in the Kitchen: Food Use & Waste
Genesis 41: Joseph & the Famine
July 11
Creation Care in the Bathroom: Water Use & Waste
Psalm 104: God the Creator & Provider
August 8
Creation Care in the Backyard: Working Together
1 Corinthians: Parts of the Whole

Bibles for Kids

Children receive special Bibles to encourage them to read God's word. DLUMC presents kindergartners with The Early Reader's Bible, a great book for parents and kids to use together.  Sixth graders are presented with LIVE: Holy Bible, New Living Translation. This version of the Bible helps students find ways to live what they read.  Bibles are presented to students during worship on a designated Sunday in the fall, as they begin their Sunday School year.


Cradle Roll

The Cradle Roll acknowledges the very young children of the church.  On Easter Sunday, a roll call of these children is read and the congregation can "meet" its youngest members.  


 Camp Minnesota

Camp Minnesota of the United Methodist Church offers a broad variety of camp and retreat activities year-round for youth of all ages. These camps and retreats provide a chance to learn a skill, meet new people, and encounter God. Northern Pines Camp near Park Rapids is the closest camp location to Detroit Lakes. Youth can also attend camp at two other locations in Minnesota. Check out the websites linked here or pick up a Camp Minnesota book from the information pyramid in the church.  Register early for a discounted price.  DLUMC also offers Camperships (through United Methodist Women and the Endowment Committee) to help you pay for camp if needed.  Print out an application form here.


THANK GOD IT'S WEDNESDAY! TGIW! (School year only)

Everyone is Welcome!  Bring a friend! Join us Wednesday evenings during the school year for food, fun, fellowship, & faith learning. Activities are provided for everyone in your family!
5:15pm  Dinner for all in the Fellowship/Dining Hall
6:15pm  Faith Quest Worship for all
7:00pm  Small groups for children/youth (see below) & parents. Children are invited for a fun hour of craft and learning.
"Daycamp" nursery care will be provided for children ages 4 and under.


This group is geared toward children PreK-K.


This group welcomes any child who is in grades 1-3. 


This group is for grades 4-5.

Accepted, Loved, & Forgiven (ALF)

This group is for young people in junior high (grades 6-8).  ALF meets on Wednesday evenings in Education Room 9 at DLUMC. Sprinkled in amongst the regular weekly meetings are special events such as bowling, lock-ins, Valleyfair, etc. Youth also attend the JUMYs (Junior United Methodist Youth) conference held in St. Cloud on the first weekend of November every year. 

Live & Love the Lord (L3)

Young people in grades 9-12 are invited to attend youth group every Wednesday in Education Room 6 at DLUMC.
For the most current information on activities and meetings, check out DLUMC Youth on Facebook.

Parents!  Adult faith formation groups are happening too.  While your children enjoy their age group meetings, plan to attend a small group for adults.



This study helps students in 5-8th grade--along with their parents!--learn more about the Bible together.  Trivia quizzes, skits, and crazy activities make learning the Bible fun for all. As the 5th graders study, they use the LIVE Bibles that will be presented to them the next fall.  This way the young people can personalize their Bibles with notes and highlights of special key verses, and when they receive them again, the Bibles are already their very own!




The confirmation process at DLUMC begins for students in the 6th grade and culminates with the Service of Confirmation in the fall of 10th grade. One part of the program is the special mentors the students choose to help guide them through the confirmation process. The goal is to give students the knowledge and positive experiences they need to choose for themselves to follow Jesus Christ. The process involves a number of small steps over a series of years, much like a sports program in which youth play and practice for seasons over several years. This is intended to allow confirmation requirements to be manageable with busy family schedules, and to allow the time for students to grow in God’s love as they develop intellectually, socially, and emotionally. We are deeply committed to the needs and success of each student. 


How Can Kids Help?

Youth have served meals at the Refuge and DLUMC Lenten Soup Suppers, and made and delivered Caring Cookies to delighted recipients. Young people work on community projects as a part of summer Vacation Bible School and have traveled to STORM (Service To Others. . .) Camp, serving Jesus by serving others with painting, building, and other projects.

Communion Helpers. Kids who are in 2nd-5th grades can help during communion each month by holding the trays where empty communion cups are placed.

Nursery Helpers.  Youth who are in grades 6-12 and have completed  Safety Training and read through the Care and Protection Policy can help care for young children in the nursery on Sunday mornings.   The adult Nursery Attendant is always on duty to supervise. Safety Training is offered twice in the summer.

Vacation Bible School Helpers.  Youth who are in grades 6-12 and have completed Safety Training and read through the Care and Protection Policy can have fun helping teachers and younger students with lessons, skits, crafts, games, snacks, etc. during Vacation Bible School each summer. Safety Training is generally offered twice in the summer.

Usher Helpers.  Young people can assist their parents or other adults by passing out bulletins and helping receive the offering during Sunday morning or Wednesday evening worship.

Greeter Helpers.  Young people can assist their parents or other adults by greeting people as they come to worship on Sunday morning or Wednesday evening.

Resumes Wednesday
Sept. 22
Small Groups
for all ages