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. 

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

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

    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 help reinforce the truths we are learning from the Bible. There's always lots of singing and dancing, and children are given opportunities to share their music in worship services throughout the year. Our 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

    We welcome all children (ages 3 years - 5th grade) to Sunday School where they will discover exciting Bible stories, activities, crafts, and games which challenge them 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 three years - 5th grade, are invited to Sunday School during 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 three 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 Worship 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 worship services.

    Faith Chapel - Sunday School is offered at the 10:30am worship service for children, ages three years - 5th 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.

  • 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. 

  • Child Safety Training

    Child Safety Training Required to Work with Children

    In order to work with the children of our congregation, you must complete our Child & Youth Safety requirements:



    If you have any questions, please call our office 515-964-4249.