Children and Youth Ministries

Children (K-5th)

9:00-9:20am Zoom ( for passcode)

10:30ish-11:00ish Outdoors during the Sermon (the gym and fellowship hall are our backup for poor weather)

On Zoom and in-person 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)

10:30ish-11:00ish Outdoor Youth Group (during the Sermon - the  gym and fellowship hall are our backup during poor weather)

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 today?)

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


We are so glad to have you and your family join us.  Below is our yearly registration form for each child/student. 

Summer VBS (1st-5th Grades)

Tentative 2022 dates: June 6-10 & 12 Vacation Bible School, 9:00am-12:00pm, with potential afternoon childcare till 3:00pm.  Theme TBD.  We intentionally work to make this inclusive, and open to all religious and non-religious students and families.  While we work within the Christian story, we also work to be hospitable and cooperative with all faiths.  May we keep learning from/with each other.

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

Tentative 2022 dates: June 13-17 & 19 Youth Justice Camp, 9:00am-3:00pm.  Each day will include meeting with a guest presenter, and going to organizations who work on justice in our city.



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

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") starting January 2022
  • Pumpkin Patch helper each October


Tory Doerksen - Children and Youth Ministries

*During this pandemic, we are focusing on safety and health as a spiritual practice.  We will offer outdoor Sunday gatherings (with our large gym and fellowship hall as backups during poor weather), and keep taking things month by month into 2022.  9am Zoom option will still continue for children, even as we continue in-person SS in our playground this fall.


"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."


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!