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 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:


Characters Come Alive!
Weekly Children’s Worship Videos

Thanks to video mastery of Elijah Marquez, editing by Katie Bickley, and United’s ever-creative congregation, each week children, families, and grandparents receive a short Children’s Worship video featuring a Biblical character (and they were all characters!) like “Nicodemus at Night.” The videos are definitely worth sharing with other families, parents or grandparents! If you or friends would like to be on the email list to receive the videos,
please let us know! 

Click here for our Online Children’s Services available weekly.



Supper, Drumming, Creation Care, Games!
5:30 to 7:30 
Starting June 17

We are very excited to announce a special program for children and youth of all ages this summer at United Church. “Thursday Nights Live” is for your whole family (and friends!) and includes a simple supper, intergenerational worship, creation care, and lots of music –including global drumming for all ages (and all outdoors!). Gabrielle Dietrich, our newest Choral Scholar, will lead the drumming section, because it’s her specialty. She’s worked with kids of all ages on all kinds of drums– and we agree that after this past year of pandemic, giving kids a chance to bang on something (while making music) is a good idea. Parents can enter in, too! We know that families travel in the summer, so the program is designed so you can participate every week or just come when you’re in town. Contact Gabrielle or Rev. Talitha Arnold at



  • 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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