Child Care is provided
for children Birth to Grade 5.

Children birth to age 3 are cared for in our Nursery located on the first floor.

Children age 4 to grade 5 begin the service with their parents and then continue their worship upstairs. Parents pick their children up following the service.


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WHAT WE BELIEVE

California Heights United Methodist is a church that seeks to love others as Christ has loved us, with acts of service and compassion and arms wide open in welcome, invitation, and acceptance.
Children's Ministry at Cal Heights is no exception.
All are welcome to learn and worship us.
No matter what!

Each child who attends Cal Heights will find themselves welcomed and accepted for who they are by our loving and caring Children Ministry Leaders.

We hope to see you here!

For more information please contact
Director of Ministry to Children Jesse Letourneau
kidmin@calheightsumc.org
773-658-1197


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Why we use Hello Friends
I had the privilege to be a part of Redwood Covenant in 2010 as Hello Friends was being developed. I can honestly say that in my twenty plus years of ministry, Hello Friends is by far the best curriculum resource I have used.
Hello Friends creates space for relationships to be formed in the midst of learning. The goal is to create children who leave with not just the knowledge of the Good Samaritan parable (Luke 10:25-37), but with the desire to love their neighbor.
9/13/17
—Jesse Letourneau
Director of Ministry to Children and Youth for Cal Heights United Methodist
The Story of Hello Friends
In the Fall of 2010, Scott Peterson (pastor of children and family ministries at Redwood Covenant Church in Santa Rosa, California) along with Jerry Cowan, and Andrew Mark, (elementary director), embarked on a project to create a collection of pictures to tell Bible stories using toys. They took over a back closet and turned it into a studio where they created special sets and a table with a rotating top so that they could get needed pictures and angles. Scott, Andrew, Jerry, and his wife Kathy spent hundreds of hours writing scripts, taking pictures, and building houses, trees, lakes, rivers, oceans, and many specialized miniature props to tell the story.

As the project progressed, Scott and Jerry discussed ways to share this gift with other churches. They decided they wanted to make it a free, copyrighted resource. Users should not make any money off of this project, but should consider it “freeware.”