Children's Ministry

Our Children’s Ministry is uniquely designed for children newborn through 5th grade. We believe children are a blessing from God and we are passionate about creating an environment that is safe, age-appropriate and fun where the Bible is taught in a creative and relevant way allowing children to grow in their relationship with Christ.

Join the fun and experience a world where children meet Jesus on their level!


The Bandera UMC Nursery is a friendly place to be! Children ages 6 weeks to Kindergarten enjoy toys, books, and games while in our care. We are available during the first and second services on Sundays. During the Small Groups hour, we invite babies up to preschool age (have not started Kindergarten) to listen to a Bible story, do a craft, and eat a snack with us. The nursery staff also offers care during various church activities throughout the year. 

CHildren's Sunday Morning Small Groups/Sunday School Classes

Kindergarten through 2nd Grade Class is taught by Jean Darling. (Room 104, Fellowship Hall)

3rd Grade through 5th Grade Class is taught by Shawn Morrison and Sheila Antenen. (Room 101, Fellowship Hall)

Both of these classes use the Cokesbury curriculum. The children listen to a Bible story, talk about how the Bible message applies to their lives, and also participate in fun crafts and activities that make the Bible story real.

Kids for Christ

KFC started with some parents of elementary kids having a once a month gathering of the children and playing games and having snacks. God put it on the heart of Shawn Morrison to keep this going, but on a weekly basis and invite others outside of our church. We meet every Wednesday during the school year from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall at BUMC. We follow the Bandera ISD schedule for holidays, breaks, and weather cancellations. A bus brings the local kids and drops them off.

We play games, have a snack, have a "sermon time", and also a time of prayer. This meeting is about gathering elementary children together, in a safe and Christian environment, and having fun in the name of Christ. We try to lead by example, to love each of them, and to show them what Christ looks like in all of us. 

Kids for Christ is led by Shawn Morrison and Susie Lewis. 

Kids' Kingdom

Kids' Kingdom is a two day a week preschool program for three and four year olds. Kids' Kingdom is in session on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 am-2:30 pm. Our program follows the Bandera Independent School District calendar for school holidays, breaks and weather cancellations. Our mission is to provide a Christian environment that fosters spiritual, emotional , intellectual and physical development while preparing children for kindergarten and beyond.

Here is a sample of the daily schedule:

8:30 - 8:45        Arrival / free play
8:45 - 9:00        Group Circle Time
9:00 - 9:15        Chapel
9:15 - 9:30        Music and prayer
9:30 - 9:45        Group Circle Time
9:45 - 10:00      Snack
10:00 - 11:15    Classroom centers: Math, Language Arts, Free-Writing, Dramatic Play
11:15 - 12:00    Playground
12:00 - 12:30    Lunch
12:30 - 12:45    Story Time
12:45 - 2:00      Rest Time
2:00 - 2:20        Free Play
2:20 - 2:30        Closing Circle
2:30                   Dismissal

If you are interested in more information, we would be glad to visit with you. Please contact the church office at (830) 796-3849 or Lead Teacher Susie Lewis at (210) 912-8195.

For more information about our Children's Ministry, please contact the church office.

Bandera UMC is a Safe Sanctuary Campus. To view our organization's Child Protection Plan, click here.