Cherrydale United Methodist Church
Friday, August 17, 2018
Seeking Joyfully * Growing Faithfully * Sharing God's Love

Children and Families


  At Cherrydale, we strive to nurture families and to include children in every
aspect of church life through learning, worship and service.

 Our Staff          Programs by Age Group      Child Protection

Sunday Worship

The Cheetahs, children preschool through middle school, meet during the 10:00 a.m. Summer Worship service for Sunday School.  Children sit with their families for the beginning of the service, then the Sunday School teachers lead the children upstairs after the "Children’s Time."  Parents can pick up the children in their classrooms upstairs after the service.  Guests and friends are always welcome!  Click here for the registration form.



2017 Upcoming Events:

Vacation Bible School (VBS) - July 24 - 28, Walker Chapel UMC
               Online Registration:
Movies on the Lawn - (FREE) Bring some friends and enjoy a fun outdoor movie and complimentary popcorn and refreshments! Movies start just after dusk (approx. 8:30 p.m.).
          Friday, July 14 - Hidden Figures
          Friday, September 8 - movie TBD 
* Open House Sunday, September 10 - All-ages mission project and picnic on the lawn after the 10:00 service. Invite your friends and neighbors!
* Vegetable Drop - TBA: All-ages mission project bagging gleaned vegetables for distribution by the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC).  Come to the church parking lot at 8:00 a.m. 
* CROP Walk - TBA: Walk through Arlington to benefit local hunger ministries.
Turkey Bowl - Family bowling outing, date TBD
Living Nativity, December 3.
* Service/mission projects appropriate for all ages.
Worship Services:
10:00 a.m. Summer Worship, June 25 - September 10
Sunday School:
During the 10:00 service, children preschool through
Middle School are accompanied upstairs to their
classrooms after the Children's Time in the service. 
Guests are always welcome!

Something for all ages...
Infants: Nursery care 9:45 - 11:15 a.m. on Sundays during the summer; 8:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. during the school year
Ages 2 through 5: Preschool Sunday School class,
Early Years Preschool, Vacation Bible School, Easter Egg Hunt, Secret Santa Shop
Elementary School:
“Cheetahs” Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Easter Egg Hunt, Secret Santa Shop
Middle School:
“Cheetahs” Sunday School, Youth Group, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Summer mission trip, Confirmation class
High School:
Youth Group, Boy Scouts, Summer mission trip
Bible study, Small Group Bible study/devotionals, Men’s Prayer Breakfast, Women’s Bible Study, Miriam Circle
And for the entire and inspirational events, including: Open House picnic in September, Family movie nights, Blessing of the Animals service, Living Nativity, Concert events, Lenten suppers, Family Christmas Eve service, and many hands-on mission opportunities throughout the year. 
Children are always welcome in worship on Sunday morning. We welcome the joy and energy young voices bring to our sanctuary.

Children's Ministries Staff:
Maribeth Bradfield,
Maribeth has been a member of Cherrydale for 18 years, and has been active in Children's Ministries in various capacities for the past eight years. She and her husband have a teenage son and she works as an engineer.
Rebecca Burton,
Sara Duke,
Sara is extremely happy to be working with the children and youth at Cherrydale! Sara, a life-long member of the church, believes in the importance of cultivating young people to serve the church and the broader community. Sara is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and works as an arts professional in children's theater.
Child Protection
Cherrydale UMC is committed to the physical safety and spiritual growth of all children and youth. We follow the Child Abuse and Prevention Policy of the United Methodist Church for recruiting, screening and hiring workers and volunteers; for child protection procedures during Sunday School and all church activities involving children and/or youth; and for responding to allegations of abuse. You may review the policy here.

Cherrydale Cheetahs Sunday School for children pre-K through 8th Grade:
Come experience our Sunday School! We study the Bible in many ways: through art, cooking, games, storytelling/drama, and more! Sunday School is during the 11:00 service, and begins immediately following the Children's Time in the service.
Our Nursery: 
All infants to toddlers are invited to the upstairs nursery during worship. Children can nap, play, and be nurtured by our nursery staff while parents worship.

Early Years Preschool:
Early Years Preschool is an on-site Preschool and Parents Day Out care provider for children ages 6 months to 5 years. 
Early Years Preschool meets at Cherrydale UMC during the weekdays. Their phone number is: 703-465-8687; website:

Ministry With Youth - see our
Youth page.¨Sunday School and informal discussions are held and are often student-led.  They build on our youth's commitment to friendship and service. Youth Ministry is grounded in the Wesleyan principles of Education, Worship, Devotion, Justice, Compassion, and Community Building. Teens actively participate in service projects, Covenant Discipleship groups, Confirmation, and as assistants in Vacation Bible School.  They also help lead Sunday worship by singing in the choir and serving as liturgists, crucifers, acolytes and speakers.
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