Children and Youth Ministries


Children (K-5th)

9:00am Zoom on Sundays to check-in, show-n-tell from the week, read a Bible Story, and pray. 

Email tory@phumc.org for link and password.

On Zoom we read from the Shine On Story Bible each week.

Ongoing questions we come back to throughout the year:

Do you see any of yourself in this story?

Where do you see God in this story?

Is there any part of the story that you think is missing?

Is there any part of the story that could be left out and there'd still be enough?

Youth (6th-12th)

11:30am Zoom on Sundays to check-in, pray, chat about "Jesus for President" readings, and play games online. 

Email tory@phumc.org for link and password.

Here are some of the ongoing questions we wrestle with throughout the year in Youth Group and Confirmation:

Who are you? (Identity and ongoing Existential Quest)

Who/What is God? (Who/What influences your various decisions, habits and relationships?)

Is there transformation amidst tragedy? (What is salvation, justice, and grace?)

Is there hope in the end? (What/When is love, forgiveness, faith?)

Parents/Families

We are so glad to have you and your family join us.  Below is our yearly registration form for each child/student.  You can find registrations for specific events on this webpage throughout the year.  Tory also hosts seasonal parent meetings throughout the year.

Summer VBS (1st-5th)

As of yet, our default will be one week online of morning VBS.  Details TBD. 

*We are considering outdoor options as well, but likely won't make a final decision before May.

Summer Day Camps for Youth Group (6th-12th)

As of yet, our default will be two weeks of online mornings camps as we learn about Social Justice efforts in the Denver area, and as we reflect on our own passions and role in our own community. 

*We are considering outdoor options as well, but likely won't make a final decision before May.

Volunteers

We can use volunteers of all ages and background.  Please contact our Director, Tory Doerksen, at tory@phumc.org

You can volunteer for a specific event, role, age group and/or season.  Common volunteer roles include:

  • monthly Sunday School teachers on Zoom and in-person
  • retreat Sponsor (adult "chaperone")
  • Pumpkin Patch helper in October

A MESSAGE FROM OUR DIRECTOR

We love keeping people in the loop and informed. 


Tory Doerksen - Children and Youth Ministries

*During this pandemic, we are focusing on safety and health as a spiritual practice.  We will offer Sunday Zoom gatherings, invite children/youth/families to create videos for the church, and remind each other that no one is alone.  If you have ideas, suggestions, or simply want to chat, contact me/Tory - tory@phumc.org

So glad we have each other during this time!

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"Family life in urban Denver can be a scheduling nightmare, let alone having an intentional spirituality as individuals and as a family.  My dream is for each family and individual to be resourced for the season(s) of life they find themselves in.  These seasons can last for years or weeks, and Park Hill UMC will continue to work towards spirituality that is meaningful, enjoyable and doable.  If there's anything we can do as a church or staff to encourage your family's spirituality, contact us and we'll work together!  I believe we can have long term goals and plans, while also adjusting seasonally in small and significant ways along our journey!  Let's work together and make the most of the moments we have together as families and as a church of children of all ages."



UPCOMING EVENTS

Safe Sanctuary Policy

As a congregation, we are intentionally practicing habits to keep each other safe, and to promote safe habits and situations for our children, youth and adults.  Each activity and class should have at least one adult who has been trained in our policy, and has gone through a background check.  Paper copies are also available by our children and youth classrooms.


Below are some of our standard practices:

  • Sunday School rooms have window(s) and/or open door(s) whenever they are being used.

  • Two adults present for any non-Sunday morning gathering/event.

  • Youth Leaders/Sponsors/Chaperones should never drive a single youth alone.  Parents are encouraged to plan transportation that ideally involves 2 youth and 2 adults whenever possible.

  • All volunteers are encouraged to go through a Child Protection Training, and all primary teachers and volunteers are required to do so.

  • There are clear steps for reporting any troubling situations to church leadership and authorities in our Safe Sanctuary Policy.

  • If there are additional steps and practices we can take as a community to keep all of our children and adults safe, please contact Director Tory Doerksen, either Pastor, or Church Council anytime!