Rooted in faith
Growing in love


Children from birth to 5th Grade are an important part of the ministry at Ankeny First United Methodist Church. We offer a variety of special activities and programs for children and families to grow together in their faith, as well as to reach out and invite others to know, love, and serve Jesus Christ.

Each year, we provide special programs and events for children including Sunday School, KidZone, Vacation Bible School, Third Grade Bible Presentations and Fairs and other special events. More information is available on these events through the links below.

Our hope is that children and families grow together and experience Christ in a real way. For more information on this ministry, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Director of Children’s Ministries.

Learn more about our Children's Music Ministry by visiting here.

There's always many children's opportunites happening at Ankeny First.
  • KidZone

    Coming September 1., 2021...KidZone! We are excited to tell you about this all-new ministry just for KIDS! At KidZone, students ages 4 through 5th grade will have a blast learning more about God's love for them while exploring scripture, engaging in worship, responding through outreach projects, and interacting with other kids and adults! The games and crafts will help reinforce the truths we are learning from the Bible. There will be lots of singing and dancing, and children will be given opportunities to share their music in worship services throughout the year. If you have enjoyed programs like Bible Adventures, KULE Kids, Kids of the Kingdom, and Little Cherubs, KidZone is definitely for YOU! Emily Kupris, Amity Wagner, and their team of energetic volunteers are eager to welcome you! Join them Uptown (Room 214) on Wednesday nights 6:00-7:00pm. This program is FREE, and registration is not required. We can't wait to see you at KidZone!

  • Sunday School

    Dive into Deep Blue includes inspiring Bible stories, activities, crafts, and games into a faith experience for children and youth. Each week, children and youth will discover exciting Bible stories and adventures to challenge them to grow in their faith.

    With Deep Blue, kids will not only grow in mind and body--but also in heart and soul. We welcome all children (ages 3 years - 5th grade) to Sunday School, to grow in the their faith so that they can proclaim the good news of God’s love and serve God and their neighbors.

    Join us at one of the following Ankeny First United Methodist Church locations:

    Uptown Campus – Children, ages 3 years - 5th grade, are invited to Sunday School during both the 9:0am worship service. They are released during the first part of the service and are led to classrooms by an adult. Classrooms are located on the lower level of the Uptown sanctuary. Children and parents are asked to sign-in for Sunday School at the attendance computers near the Education office. A nursery is provided for infants and toddlers (under two years old) with trained childcare staff at all three Uptown worship services located in Room 117 near the sanctuary.

    Christian Life Center – Children, ages 3 years - 5th grade, are invited to attend the beginning of the 9:00am contemporary worship services with their parents/guardians. Children are dismissed to their classrooms following the Children’s Time. Parents are asked to sign-in their kids for Sunday School at the attendance tables before the start of the worship services. The CLC also has a nursery, located near the building entry, where well-trained staff provide childcare during the two worship services.

    Faith Chapel - Sunday School is offered at the 10:30am worship service for children, ages five years - 7th grade, in the lower level near the Fellowship Hall. Faith Chapel also provides a nursery for children (under five years old) for both the 9:00am and 10:30am worship services.

  • Annual Easter Egg Hunt

    Ages: Children 4th grade and under

    Each year, Ankeny First hosts an Easter Egg Hunt for the community on the Saturday before Easter Sunday. The Easter Bunny always attends and is a popular attraction with the children. This event is only made possible through the volunteers and donations from the congregation. So keep this in mind as a fun service project for 2021! Don't forget to bring your Easter basket!

    We also provide a Special Needs Easter Egg Hunt at the Ankeny Aquatics Center Wading Area. Special beeping and magnetic eggs will be provided with prizes. The Ankeny Aquatics Center Wading Area is wheelchair and handicap accessible.

  • Vacation Bible School

    Vacation Bible School is a fun week of worship, crafts, skits, music, outdoor activies, and more. Your kids won't want to miss it! VBS is open for children ages 3 years (as of September 15 of the previous year) to 4th grade.

    Volunteers make this fun week happen. We will be looking for energetic and fun volunteers, who have a passion for children's ministry - people like you! We will have openings for Bible story tellers, crew leaders, craft and snack crews, and recreation staff. Please prayfully consider being a volunteer. 

  • VBS Mini Missions

    Current 5th-6th graders are invited to spend a week in mission - filled with fun, friends, and plenty of service projects to help “make a difference” in the lives of children, animals, and senior adults. Mission projects may include Trinity UMC, Bidwell Riverside Center, DMARC Food Pantry, Meals from the Heartland…and more! VBS Mini-Mission Trip needs crew leaders and drivers to travel to our missions. Please prayerfully consider volunteering.

  • Annual Advent Festival

    Each year we host an annual event celebrating the season of Advent specially geared toward children and their families. The event is filled with crafts, food, and fun so children can learn all about the the special season of Advent and the events that precede Jesus' birth. Watch for details here about dates and times. Consider volunteering to make this a special event successful.
  • Child Safety Training

    Child Safety Training Required to Work with Children

    In order to work with the children of our congregation, you must complete the Child & Youth Safety Form below and review our online training program.

    Download the Child and Youth Safety Policy Form and Training. These forms should be turned in to the CLC or Uptown offices prior to volunteering.