Children and Youth

Families of all sizes, shapes and hues are welcome and cherished at the United Church of Santa Fe. We are a people of diverse backgrounds, living in families of various configurations, who hold in common a desire to see our children flourish as they discover a friend in God.

Whether your child is shy or squirmy, teddy-bear-clutching or bold, a boy who loves to sing or a girl who slays dragons, she or he will fit in fine! It is our joy to enfold all children and youth within the circle of community in Christ’s church.

We strive to honor the intelligence and imagination of children and youth in our care. Through biblical storytelling and open-ended questioning which invites children to wonder and make meaning for themselves, we seek to nurture a faith in children and youth that can stretch and grow with them as they mature. In providing age-appropriate outreach and service-learning opportunities, we endeavor to instill values of kindness and compassion, which will serve them for life and equip them to serve others.

For information about our Children’s and Youth Ministry programs, please contact Director for Children’s and Families’ Ministry Susan Greig (

All of our ministries are free and open to first-time visitors.

To register your child(ren) in our Children’s and Youth Ministry, please click on the following link, download the form, fill it out, and then return it to United.

2020-2021 CYM Registration Form

By mail:
United Church of Santa Fe
1804 Arroyo Chamiso Rd.
Santa Fe, NM  87505-5733

By email:



What Are We Waiting For?
Children’s and Youth Ministry in Advent

What are our children waiting for this 2020 Christmas? Their answers may differ from past years. Like the rest of us, they may be waiting for when it’s safe again—to gather, to see grandparents, aunts and uncles, to play with friends. They may be waiting for the world to be okay again.

The good news is that the Christmas story tells of people who were waiting, too. Like our children, Mary and Joseph were separated from family and friends when Jesus was born. They waited to be with the people they loved. They waited for a time when the world was safe, for them and for their child.

Somehow in their waiting, Mary and Joseph also knew God was with them. Sometimes that knowledge came in dreams or an angel’s visit. Sometimes that good news came in less mysterious ways—the kindness of strangers, the warmth of a stable.

By sharing the stories of how God was with Mary, Joseph, and the child that hard First Christmas with our children and youth, may we help them know how God’s presence and love is with them this hard, odd Christmas, too.

For more information on United’s ministries with children and youth, please contact Children’s Director Susan Greig ( or Pastor Talitha Arnold (



  • 8:30 AM – Communion Service: Children through 2nd grade have Children’s Ministry with Carrie McCabe and join the adults for Communion. Older children are invited to share in the full service.
  • 9:45 AM – Youth Initiates: The “Journey to Adulthood,” a two-year rite of passage for young teens, is the center of United’s Youth Ministry. Led by church staff, volunteers, and adult mentors, the Initiates meet Sundays at 9:45, help lead 11:00 Worship and have monthly Saturdays of Service, retreats, overnights, and a service-learning immersion trip.
  • 9:45 AM – Dynamite Disciples: Dynamite Disciples join with Joyful Noise Children’s Choir for fun activities projects, and music during United’s Faith Formation Hour (9:45-10:45). Check it out!
  • 11:00 AM – Wild Wonder: 1st-7th graders start with the adults and older youth in the Sanctuary for worship, singing and sharing God’s gifts. Then they go to Wild Wonder for stories, songs, and special projects that help them engage the stories. After Wild Wonder, they split into smaller groups. 1st-5th graders go with church staff and Master Teacher Bruce Turnquist. Young Adventurers (6th-7th) go with Rebecca Crutchfield. Please check the monthly newsletter for more information about the story focus.




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