Children's Resources

What Every Child Should Experience

What Every Child Should Experience in United Methodist Congregations is a resource developed by Melanie C. Gordon through Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church to assist leaders and teachers of children in United Methodist Congregations in the area of faith formation. You will find this guide useful in choosing and studying scripture, selecting and writing curriculum, offering parents and guardians useful developmental information, and addressing issues facing today’s children.
Section 1
 – A comprehensive guide to scripture significant for children as they develop cognitively and
Section 2
 – Comprehensive charts that address the needs of children and the concepts they can
understand at different stages of development around the beliefs and concepts of God, Worship, The Bible, Home and Family, Everyday Life, Community and Methodist Heritage.


UMC Ministry with Children

This site contains a blog and a variety of other resources to equip those engaged in ministry with children. "As Director of Ministry with Children at Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church, I am responsible for resourcing the United Methodist Church in ministries with children newborn through eleven, including worship, advocacy, weekday ministries, daycare, preschool, parents’ day out programs, education, and Safe Sanctuaries. I specialize in faith formation of children, and direct The United Methodist Conference on Ministry with Children, a national gathering for those engaged in ministry for children. I love that my ministry allows me to connect people in congregations and conferences with the resources that will support them as they share with children our Christian tradition through developmentally appropriate and enriching experiences!" -Melanie C. Gordon, Director, Ministry with Children