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Children's Music Ministry

At Ankeny First, our desire is to encourage the musical potential God has gifted to each child by developing musical skills including expressive tuneful singing, artful movement, instrument playing for the purpose of participating in individual and corporate worship. Our children's ensembles rehearse weekly during the school year and present the music they learn periodically in various worship services. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

  • Kids of the Kingdom:

    Kids of the Kingdom is our elementary children’s choir for students in 1st - 5th grades. They rehearse a variety of sacred choral and contemporary Christian music and present their music in worship regularly.They also participate in the children’s Christmas Musical in December, and present their own spring musical in May. Weekly rehearsals are Wednesdays, 6:00-6:40pm in the Uptown Choir Room (located on level B), September through May.

  • Little Cherubs:

    Little Cherubs is a high-energy program for children ages 3 through Kindergarten to learn about God while singing, playing instruments, and moving to music. Two identical rehearsals are available so that families can choose the weekly rehearsal that best fits their schedule: Tuesday evenings from 6:00 – 6:30pm, CLC Room 102 OR Wednesday evenings from 6:00-6:40pm, Uptown Room 12 & 15 (located on level B), September through May. Amity Wagner and Tina Davis, Directors.

  • Celebration Chimes:

    Celebration Chimes is the beginning tone chime group for children in 3rd – 5th grades. This group learns to play chords and read music, and will present their music in worship at the Uptown site. Rehearsals are Wednesdays from 5:30-6:00pm in the Uptown Bell Room (located on level D), September through May. JoAnn Orthel, Director.


It’s never too early to get babies started in music class! We are excited to tell you about a brand new program at Ankeny First for infants and toddlers. "RATTLE & RHYME" is a program designed to encourage parents and children ages 0-2 to sing, dance, and play instruments together. Instructor Jessica Schreier (along with her 14-month-old daughter) will introduce a lot of fun musical activities in class which can also be used at home to nurture a strong bond between you and your little one. It’s also a great opportunity to get to know other parents in the community! Cost is $15 for this five-week session which meets every Wednesday in August 10:00 – 10:30 in CLC Room 102. Register here!

Ankeny First United Methodist Church
206 SW Walnut Ankeny, Iowa 50023