Children and Youth Ministries

Children (K-5th)

Our 9:00am Sunday School for Kindergarten through 5th Grade, gathers mid-August through May (in June and July, Sunday School occurs during Worship right after the Children's Message).  Starting in May 2020 we are using Godly Play lessons focused on tangible figurines that are tactile and hands on.  Current teachers are Jennifer, Judy, Nori and Venice.

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)

High School and Middle School Students have a 9:00am Sunday School that includes a Waffle Bar each week, as we explore the Bible, Church History, and United Methodist Identity.  Currently we are using Cokesbury's curriculum exploring United Methodist History and Identity with Art and Tory.  We'll also keep exploring four reoccuring questions in all we do:

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 at 11:00 following Worship (during Children's Choir rehearsals).

Children's Choir (K-12th)

Choir meets after worship every Sunday through May 17.  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.

Spring Performance Schedule:

May 17

Choir Rehearsals will start up again August 16.

Youth Group (6th-12th)

Youth Group meets at least twice a month following worship (11am-1pm) for lunch alongside conversations, activities and/or projects.  This schedule we'll be updated, but here's our plan moving forward:

TBD - following DPS, City and State recommendations for groups of 10+

May 17 & 31

June 21 PRIDE Parade

June 22-26 Camping Trip to Estes Park

June 28 Weekly following worship


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
  • Vacation Bible School volunteer


We love keeping people in the loop and informed. 

Tory Doerksen - Children and Youth Ministries

"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."



Vacation Bible School June 1-5

We are pausing registration while DPS, city and state leaders update recommendations and guidelines for large gatherings. 

Vacation Bible School will be June 1-5 this year, from 9:00-12:00, with an afternoon option for parents who need a longer day, 12:00-3:00 (for current K-6th Graders).  Any interested Youth and Adults are welcome to join us!


Youth Camping Trip

Current 6th-12th Graders will be camping as our summer trip, and leaving Monday morning, and returning Friday evening.  Details TBA.  Please contact Tory by April 1st if you'd like to participate.

Vacation Bible School 2020

June 1-5, 9am-12pm (12pm-3pm option for K-5th)


Save the date for "ReNew" as we focus on ecology. 

VBS will be for children who are at least 3 years old and potty-trained, through current 5th Graders who finished in the Spring of 2020. 

Friends, family and neighbors are always invited to participate.

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!