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 for link and password.

9:00am Sunday School for Kindergarten through 5th Grade will continue through the summer, following the sermon series on Manna and Mercy, as we read from the Shine On Story Bible each week. 

Lessons include a time for questions from all students, and often include:

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)

*11:00am Zoom on Sundays to check-in, pray, chat about the sermon, and play games online. 

Email for link and password.

11:00am Youth Group for High School and Middle School Students is currently following along with the sermon series in Manna and Mercy.  We'll be doing a more indepth study and reflection with Mann and Mercy for those in the Confirmation Class this fall.  Here are some of the ongoing questions we wrestle with throughout the year:

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?)


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.

Children's Choir (K-12th)

*Choir will resume when the church is in "Green" status.  If you have music you are willing to share, please consider sharing in our closed Facebook Group for PHUMC Families.  Email for more info.

Choir meets after worship during the school year.  Students can join following any performance, leading up to the next performance.  Middle School and High School students are encouraged to participate and help mentor the younger students.  They can "skip" on Youth Group Sundays.

Youth Group (6th-12th)

*11:00am Zoom on Sundays to check-in, pray, talk about the sermon a bit, and play games. 

Email for link and password.

Youth Group Activities are postponed following the Mountain Sky United Methodist Conference guidelines for churches moving forward.  This site will be updated, and parents will be emailed, as things change.


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
  • retreat Sponsor (adult "chaperone")
  • Pumpkin Patch helper


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 -

So glad we have each other during this time!


"Family life in 2020 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 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 are postponed.  As of yet VBS is canceled, and the Youth Group Camping Trip is postponed.

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!