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 Reverend Talitha Arnold

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:


Kids’ Creation Corner in Outdoor Service
All Welcome!

Youth and children begin worship with the adults, and then go to the “Kids’ Creation Corner” for ways to engage God’s Great Earth. (Summer Coordinator Gabrielle Dietrich:, 505-988-3295)



Supper, Drumming, Creation Care, Games!
5:30 to 7:30 

Since school starts Friday, Aug. 6, Wednesday, Aug. 4 is our last “Thursday Night Live” for the summer. It’s been great experience for kids from Pre-K through early High School (and for their parents. It’s not too late to sign up for the last gathering so please contact Summer Coordinator Gabby Dietrich: unitedchurch., 505-988-3295. Spread the word!

Blessing of All Students and Educators

As school starts, worship incudes a blessing for all United educators and students. Help our young ones and all who work in our schools know they are held in prayer this school year!

Friday, Aug. 13

Bring a towel, super sprayers, squirters. The Church provides a simple supper ($5/
person). It’s a blast—and a great way to unwind after the firstfull week of school!
Let us know you’re coming by Wednesday, Aug 11. Thanks!

Youth Drummers In August Worship

On Sunday, August 8 and again on August 29, several United Youth Drummers will call us to worship with songs from Africa and around the world! Many thanks to Summer Coordinator Gabby Dietrich for her leadership.

Kid’s Creation Corner in Outdoor Worship
All Welcome!

Youth and children begin worship with the adults; then go to the “Kids’ Creation Corner” for ways to care for God’s Great Earth. Summer Coordinator Gabby Dietrich:




  • 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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