Children’s Ministries

We have an active and diverse set of ministries for children of all ages here at Sterling United Methodist Church. We agree that children are God’s gift to us, and we seek to raise them in a safe, fun and nurturing environment.

Sunday School



The heart and soul of our children’s ministry is our Sunday School. Sunday School meets during Sunday morning worship services as follows:

9:30 Service

  • Ages 0-24 months: Nursery – Room 101
  • Ages 2—Kindergarten:  Room 100      
  • 1st – 4th Grade: Workshop Rotation Model (WoRM) Sunday School – Rooms 102-106
  • 5th & 6th Grade:  Pre-Teen Sunday School – Room 204
  • 7th Grade: Confirmation – Room 205
  • 8th Grade & High School: Sunday School Forum – Room 03

2-years-old through Kindergarten:
 Curriculum uses Bible stories, science activities, arts and crafts, animated video, storytelling, and active games to build a “lived-faith” experience that helps children discover what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ today.


1st-4th grade use the WoRM Sunday School program. Workshop Rotation Model is an innovative approach, where children learn Bible stories by means of all their senses through dynamic classes including Drama, Storytelling, Media, Games, Art, Cooking, Science, and more.                    WoRM Logo

Each rotation is 4-5 weeks, with students rotating to a different workshop each week to gain a different perspective of a given Bible story. We have written a                                                            four-year curriculum to ensure that our students get a broad exposure to the scriptures over their elementary school years.


5th and 6th graders go in-depth into the old, familiar Bible stories with Group’s Grapple curriculum.  Grapple is specifically designed to help preteens “grapple” with tough questions in meaningful ways so that they understand and own their faith. As they learn how to search the Bible for answers, they will build a faith foundation that guides wise choices. Class is located in room 204.


11:00 AM Service

Noah's Park Children's Church2 years old-2nd grade:  Children begin worship with their parents in the Contemporary or Amigos services, After Worship song time, children are encouraged to join Noah’s Park Sunday School.  Children in 3rd – 5th grade participate as Park Patrol Junior Leaders.  At Noah’s Park children will “hike” together through the Adventure Trail that leads to Jesus using crafts, music and more in this exciting Sunday School program! Each Noah’s Park unit will take about four weeks to complete. Class is located in room 106.


All Services

Nursery is provided during all four Sunday morning church services. Please remember to pick up your children in a timely manner. Thank you!


To find out more about our Sunday School programs, contact Michelle Caldrone at


J.A.M. (Jesus And Me) Children’s Midweek MinistryJAM edited part of our children’s ministry program for children ages 2 years to 5th grade.  J.A.M. meets during CrossWalk Fellowship on Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:00 PM in room 100.  Nursery care is available for children ages 0-24 months from 6:45 pm – 8:30 PM in room 101.  For more information, contact Michelle Caldrone at .

Vacation Bible School                                                                                                    maker_fullwidth_logo_header_800x400px-01

Vacation Bible School (VBS) is a week-long Bible adventure during the summer for children ages 3 (as of 9/30/16) through rising 6th grade.  This summer from July 31-August 4, 2017, VBS will be Maker Fun Factory, a world where curious kids become hands-on inventors who discover they’re lovingly crafted by God.

Registration begins March 15 and ends July 21.  Cost is $40 per child until June 15, with a maximum of $85 per family.

After June 15, cost will be $45 per child with a maximum of $95 per family.



Now accepting volunteers, crew leaders and station leaders!

For more information or to volunteer, contact Michelle Caldrone at .


In God’s Backyard Summer Camp

In God’s Backyard Summer Day Camp is our summer day camp for children ages 2 1/2 – 5th grade. Children may sign up for one or more of the week-long sessions.  KUC_SummerCamp_Logo_2008

Registration has begun!

Preschool & Elementary Camp (ages 2– current 5th graders) July 24-28, 9:00 AM—2:00 PM.  Cost $135 if registered by June 15; after 6/15, $140.

To see photos from last year’s In God’s Backyard Summer Camp, click here.

For a camp counselor application, click here.

To volunteer for summer camp or for any questions you may have, please contact Katie Plys, Camp Director, at




Children’s Music Ministries

We have an active and dynamic children’s music ministry, with vocal and instrumental groups for all ages, starting at age 3. Our children’s chimes and bell choirs, vocal choirs and ensembles perform regularly in worship services. In addition, our children perform in a Children’s Christmas Pageant and participate in our annual youth musical production.  Our choirs also participate in festivals during the year. To learn more about our children’s music ministries, click here.


Kids Under Construction (KUC) Preschool

KUC_logoOur Kids Under Construction (KUC) Preschool is a great learning environment for 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds.   KUC is open throughout the academic year, with 2-, 3-, 4- and 5-day classes. To learn more about KUC Preschool, click here.  (This link will direct you to KUC’s own website).


Sterling United Methodist Church

Iglesia Metodista Unida de Sterling

304 East Church Road, Sterling VA 20164

Phone: 703-430-6455 Fax: 703-430-0753