Family Ministry

Family Ministry

We create an environment where children learn and share the good news of Jesus Christ with open minds and loving hearts.

Every child is perfectly created by God, loved by God, and can share God’s love in the world. We help your family create this foundation of faith by engaging sacred scripture, hands-on experiential learning for children, and family resources.


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UCC Calls Rev. Mariah Newell as Minister to Children & Families
Mariah grew up in the Texas Hill Country. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Texas Christian University in Political Science and English and a Master of Divinity degree from Lexington Theological Seminary. She was ordained March of 2022 in the Southwest Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Mariah has been serving at Cypress Creek Christian Church in northwest Houston, Texas since 2016. Her role was Associate Minister of Kids and Youth. Before serving at Cypress Creek, Mariah was the Program Director at Camp MoVal – a Christian campground in Missouri.

Sunday Programs
for Children

Children’s Worship

All children of all ages are welcome in all of our worship services. See services times and get directions here.

Children’s Worship at 9 am and 11 am for preschoolers (in south preschool wing) and elementary (outside on playground) is child-focused and child-led. Our year-long series, The Heart of God, bringing a fresh approach to growing a lifelong relationship with God. Kids will explore God’s character throughout the Bible and learn how God transforms them from the inside out. Kids discover what it means to reflect God’s Heart in everyday life. All ages will experience the same scripture and theme each week, allowing for conversation in the family throughout the week.

Preschool Opportunities

Cribs–Pre-K Fours | Children’s Worship at 9 and 11am | Playground Faith at 10am

Preschoolers can play, learn, hear Bible stories and engage in hands-on faith experiences from 8:45am to after 11am traditional worship each Sunday.

Discovery Kids

Kindergarten-5th Grade | 10 am

Discovery is our hands-on, experiential learning program for elementary ages. Each week we will Dig In to the stories of who God is. Every week we provide new opportunities to learn about Jesus and put our faith into action.


Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Graders | 11 am | Third Floor

Friendships and faith development are both changing during this critical period. Bridge gives this age group a chance to grow in faith and bridge into the Youth program. Join us at 11 am for Bridge AM where we explore God’s Story each week. Bridge PM meets at 5 pm on Sundays and we discuss, serve, play, and gather as a community. Click Here for Bridge PM Calendar Nov-May 2024

Family Ministry

What To Expect


Checking Your Child In

As a guest at UCC, we invite you to check in with our reception desk staff for a nametag and an opportunity for you to provide us with important safety information regarding your child.

Guests may also check in at any of our Children’s Check-In sites.

Picking Up Your Child

Drop Off and Pick up for Preschool in Walker Hall Hallway outside South Preschool Wing.

Drop off and pick up for Elementary in room 211.

Each child will have a guardian receipt printed. You can choose to have more than one guardian receipt printed if you plan to divide and conquer pickup after worship. When you return to pick up your child, please present your guardian receipt to the UCC staff member in the classroom.

Communion for All

Children’s Worship will incorporate the elements of communion, too.

All ages are welcome at Christ’s table, including children. We encourage children to take part in the Lord’s Supper, when the family feels they are ready, as they are an important part of our worshiping community.

Featured Events

Kids Adventure Camp 2024 - Canceled

Due to limited building availability because of the construction of the Cornerstone Project, Kids Adventure camp and Mission VBS have been canceled for 2024. This was a difficult decision for the church staff to make as this is always the highlight of the summer.

We are excited to begin working on the next year’s camp when we will be in our new spaces and be able to be back and better than ever! Save the date for Summer 2025- for Kids Adventure Camp – Fruitful.

Family Service Sunday

Join us on Family Service Sunday to serve together. ALL ages can serve. The next date is April 21, 2024.

Parents Night Out

Parents and caregivers, enjoy three hours of uninterrupted time as your children enjoy a fun evening of programming with Children’s Ministries. Our programs will engage infants to fifth graders with time to play, learn, and have fun together.

$5 child/$10 total per family. Registration required.

Registration for April 12th will open on March 5th.
Click here to fill out the medical release form ( needed once per year)


Summer Fun

Due to limited building availability because of the construction of the Cornerstone Project, Summer Fun has been canceled for 2024.

More Children’s Opportunities

Milestones & Moments

Help celebrate your child’s growth — and lead them in discipleship — all through their young life.
Click on the button below to find out more about dedications, workshops, special events and more!

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