Children's Ministry

Jesus made it very clear that children have a supreme place of importance in all our lives when He said, “Let the children come to me and do not hinder them for to such belongs the kingdom of God” (Matthew 19:14).  As faithful Christians we can do no less than to give our children our very best.  You will find our Children’s Ministries here at Duluth First United Methodist Church to be top quality.  If I can help you in any way please don’t hesitate to call.

Yours in Christ,
Leslie Yokeley
Director of Children's Ministries and Christian Beginnings Preschool & Kindergarten
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CHRISTIAN BEGINNINGS PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN is offered Monday through Friday during the school year from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for children ages 6 weeks through 5 years. Our program provides a loving Christian atmosphere for the growth and nurture of each child. They will have fun and make friends while attending our accredited, award winning school. Christian Beginnings won the “Best of Gwinnett” award in 2017, 2018, and 2019. We also won the “Gwinnett Daily Post Reader’s Choice" award in 2019.

For more information, please contact Leslie Yokeley by e-mail at or Pat Szathmary at or call 770-497-1743. Registration forms for the 2021-2022 school year are available by clicking on Christian Beginnings Preschool & Kindergarten Registration Forms.

CHILDREN'S SUNDAY SCHOOL classes are available for preschool children through 5th graders at 11:00 a.m.  Children are grouped by age/grade level determined by their age as of September 1st.  Sunday school is a time for our children of Duluth First UMC to learn with their friends about God and His Word through stories, activities, songs, games and fellowship using United Methodist curriculum.

9:30 a.m.
Infants (birth to toddler): Nursery
Toddlers (2 years): Nursery
Preschool (3 & 4 Year Olds):  Room C-123
Kindergarten & 1st Grade:  Room C-118
2nd & 3rd Grades: Room C-121
4th & 5th Grades: Room D-126
11:00 a.m.
Infants (birth to toddler): Nursery
Toddlers (2 years): Nursery
Preschool (3 & 4 Year Olds):  Nursery

DULUTHKIDS is an exciting Wednesday night opportunity for kids where we will gather together for fellowship, Bible study, mission opportunities, games and music with the youth praise team! Programming is age-appropriate with curriculum designed for kids ages Kindergarten through 5th grade. We will meet on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Youth Center (“The Fish Tank”), located on the 1st floor of the Family Life Center.

If you have any questions or would like to be involved in this ministry for children, please contact Leslie Yokeley, Director of Children’s Ministries, by e-mail at, or call 770-476-3776, ext. 138.

BOOK BUNCH, a story time for three and four-year olds, will meet in the Family Life Center library (located on the 2nd floor) on Wednesday evenings from 6:15 to 6:30 p.m.  The children will hear a story being read from a guest reader and they will have an opportunity to check out a book from the library.

If you would like to be a volunteer reader, please contact Leslie Yokeley, Director of Children’s Ministries, by e-mail at or call 770-476-3776, ext. 138.

“Please pray for my ear!  I have an ear infection and it hurts!”
“Help me to get A’s in school.”
“Pray for my Great Grandmother because she lives alone.”
“Please pray for the soldiers.”
“Please pray I catch a big fish when I go fishing.”

These are just a few of the prayers that have been lifted up to God by the children of Duluth First UMC!  Someone once said that the prayers of children are “little packets of love, lifted up to our Savior’s ears.”

Children’s prayers are collected at various children’s activities throughout the year.  If you would like to be a part of the Children’s Prayer Ministry, and help lift these “little packets of love” up to God, please contact Leslie Yokeley at by e-mail at, or at 770-476-3776, ext. 138.

CHILDCARE AT DULUTH FIRST UMC: Did you know that there was a fully trained childcare staff available at our church?  We have a fabulous group of ladies who come here several times a week just to take care of your children.  On Sunday mornings, we are available to care for your young ones.  Infants through children under Kindergarten age (based on a September 1st age) are welcome to join us during the 9:30 service.  Infants through 2 year olds (based on a September 1st age) are welcome to join us during the 11:00 service.
We also offer childcare several times during the week. It is available to any parent who is here at the church participating in a church sponsored activity (Bible study, choir, etc.) This includes Sunday nights and Wednesday nights throughout the year, Monday nights for women's ensemble as needed, and Tuesday nights as needed for women's Bible studies. Before you say "No" to joining a group at the church because of childcare worries, check and see if childcare is available. There is a good chance that it will be! We look forward to seeing you there.

For more information about childcare at Duluth First UMC, please contact Kathryn Fitzgerald, Childcare Director, by e-mail at, or at 770-476-3776, ext. 122.

ACOLYTES are 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders who serve at one of the three worship services. They assist during the services with lighting candles, offertory, baptisms, and communion. If you have an interest in being trained to be an Acolyte, please contact the church office at 770-476-3776.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL is offered during the summer for children Kindergarten to fifth grade. Extreme VBS is available for fourth and fifth grade students to participate in.  Vacation Bible School is held from 9:00 a.m. to noon for one week during the month of June.

CUB SCOUTS is a group of both male and female children, ages Kindergarten through 5th grade. Children are taught about family values, building self-esteem, duty to God, citizenship to their community and country, as well as learning how to help others by community service projects. We explore the outdoors through camping, hiking, and learning about nature. We meet on Monday nights from 7 to 8 p.m. during the school year. Being a Cub Scout is a confidence-building positive experience. If interested, please contact Tracy Brookshire at 770-757-9648 or by e-mail at

SCOUTING FOR BOYS is a year-round value-based program centered on family, duty to God, and service to others. It teaches youths (7 to 18) self-confidence, citizenship, and a Christian way of living both in the outdoors and at home! Cub Scouts Pack 420 and Boy Scouts Troop 419 currently meet at Duluth First United Methodist Church.

SCOUTING FOR GIRLS is available at Duluth First United Methodist Church for girls ages 5 to 17. We offer Daisies, Brownies, Junior Girl Scouts, and Girl Scouts. All of the scouting programs for girls emphasize developing self-potential, relating to others, developing values, and contributing to society.