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These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.  Impress them on your children.  Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.  Deuteronomy 6:6-7 

CWUMC Kids serves children and their families from birth through 5th grade.  Our goal is to partner with parents in building and expanding spiritual and moral development within our children.  We strive to provide a variety of programs and events to foster fun, fellowship, service and worship. 

Our leaders follow and teach Orange Curriculum because of our belief in its philosophy.  The color orange represents two primary relationships that influence kids and teenagers.  When you take the light of the church (yellow) and combine it with the love of a family (red) you increase the potential to influence a kid’s life.  Two combined influences make a greater impact than just two influences. 

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From infancy to preschool, we provide a God-centered environment filled with love, laughter and learning.  Our trained staff and volunteers care for our little friends during Sunday services, We consider our nursery ministry to be the beginning of your child’s spiritual journey and we take great joy in being a part of that.

Interested in serving in our nursery?  Contact Amber Lahtinen for information.

Church School

2021 School Year Sunday Morning Schedule, begins September 19, 2021: 9:15-9:45 am Sunday School classes, 10:00-10:45 am Sanctuary Worship, Children's worship available during the sermon.  Children worship in the sanctuary with their families, gather at the alter for a special Children’s Time message and then are dismissed to Sunday School together on our lower level. 

Our kids build great relationships with their Sunday School teachers and peers which are fostered by gathering based on the child’s school grade level (preK-5th grade).  During small group time we encourage prayer request development, projects and in-depth discussions of our weekly lesson.  During large group time we learn Bible stories, pray together and spend time completing Mission/Service work for our church and greater community. 

We celebrate annual milestones based of grade level including communion, baptism, acolyting, Bibles and more. 

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Children’s Worship

We offer Children’s Worship for preschoolers through 5th grade students following the Children’s Time message at our 10:00 am Sunday morning service.  Our children are led by incredible volunteers and focus on worship and Bible story topics.  

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Crew 345:

3rd-5th grade social and service opportunities to build friendships while making a difference in our community! 

Kids Bell Choir:

We are SO excited for this fun, music ministry with our K-5th grade Cross Winds Kids!  Kids Bells will perform 2 to 3 times per year with 3 rehearsals leading up to each performance. Rehearsals will be at 9:30 am and performances during the 10:00 am Sunday service!  

Family Fun Nights:

Monthly nights in at church... bring Pajamas and Pillows, Food and Friends!  We gather the second Friday of most months during the school year.   A super casual and fun way to meet families in the church... free Friday Family Fun!

Easter and Christmas celebrations: 

Child involvement, musicals and special community events!


Summer Day Camp at church and sleep-away camps through Camp Minnesota.  There is something for everyone! Camps are a great way to experience God!  Kids will have lifetime memories through day, mini, week-long, and family camps.   

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If you have any questions, comments or desire to volunteer, contact our Director, Amber Lahtinen

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Meet the Director

My name is Amber Lahtinen and I have the joy of serving as the Director of Children’s Ministry at Cross Winds UMC.  I have worked with kids in many areas from athletic coach to tutor to licensed daycare. I am married to Andy and we have 2 children, Lilyana (10) and Jude (6).

My goal is to partner with parents in building and expanding spiritual and moral development within our children.  Here at Cross Winds we strive to provide a variety of programs and events to foster fun, fellowship, service and worship.


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