Children at Chehalis UMC

At Chehalis UMC we enjoy seeing children loved and loving, growing in faith and in relationship to each other and all generations!


CHILD CARE – Kids are welcome in worship!   Infants and toddlers are provided a safe and fun space for childcare during worship, if parents wish to enjoy worship without distraction.   Children 5-12 years may attend Kid Zone (See below).  We hope that all will stay in worship at least through the children’s sermon.  Childcare for up to approximately 7 years is also provided during the Adult Education time (9:30-10:30) on Sundays.

CHILDREN’S SERMON – We have a children’s sermon prepared for every Sunday, geared to help kid’s understand a lesson similar to the adult message and that may well be expanded upon during the Kid Zone time.  Kids may go to “Kid Zone,” (see below) or to childcare after the children’s sermon, if parents choose it.


We offer classes for children starting at 5 years old Sept-May, during the worship hour.  Bible Stories and themes, and music are a part of the weekly curriculum.  Plus puppets, drama, story-telling or the occasional cooking project form the core curriculum of this 45-minute class for kids.  The curriculum often follows the same themes as our worship.  Our Coordinator is Kathleen Fisher, and she is usually the person in charge of the kid zone space as well.

Since this class is during our worship service, we ask that kids attend the first few minutes of worship for opening words, music and a children’s sermon.  Then they are sent with a prayer and/or song for the “Kid Zone” time with adult leaders.

(Adults have their own programs/classes at 9:30 AM, with childcare available every Sunday.)

Vacation Bible School

A week of VBS is a much awaited, and planned event most summers!  It’s fun!  Adults and youth flock to volunteer!  We do this event jointly with First UMC of Centralia.

Safe Church Policy

All staff and volunteers who work with children, youth and vulnerable persons are required to undergo a criminal background check.  Our policy has requirements for ratio of adults to children depending on age, and training on emergency situations, etc.  You can be assured that your children are in not only a fun environment, but a safe and healthy one.