Classes for ages 3-5 years, K-1 grade, 2-3 grade, and 4-5 grade meet at 9:30 am upstairs in the education building and use a variety of active learning resources to meet the needs of the specific age levels. Nursery care is available for children under 3.

Worship Kits with games and activities, are available in worship each Sunday to help children understand the service. There is also a special children's message each week.

Children's Sabbath is a Sunday worship service led by the children of the congregation held each year in October. This service is planned and led by the children, often including prayers or responsive readings written by the children.

Family Fun Activities occur throughout the year and include the Annual Church Picnic, Neighborhood Pool Party, and other special outings that families can do together.

Please contact the church office if you have any questions about the Children's Department at Otterbein, at 304-263-0342.

Christian Education at Otterbein UMC

Special Sunday School Studies - Periodically, special and/or short term studies on specific topics of interest are offered on Sunday mornings. These have ranged from "United Methodist Beliefs" and "Worship" to "Enriching Your Marriage" and "20 Hot Potatoes Christians Are Afraid To Touch." Most special studies last from 4-6 weeks to meet the needs of those with varied schedules and to offer a break for established classes.

Weekday Bible Studies are offered throughout the year and have included "That The World May Know," "Prayer," and the Pastor's special studies during Lent. These are announced in the bulletin and newsletter.


Adult classes begin each Sunday at 9:30 am with opening in the Assembly Room. Visitors are welcome in all adult Sunday School Classes.
Christian P. Newcomer Class - Meets in the former Library off the assembly room and uses the International Lesson Series Bible Study. Class contact is Gary Raines.

Loyalty-Friendship Class - For women, is located to the RIGHT inside the back door of the church and uses the International Lesson Series Bible Study. Class contact is Sue Davis.

Gruver/Men's  Class - Located in the parlor, and uses a different teacher each week in their study of the International Lesson Series Bible Study. Class contact is Emily Waters.

Seekers Class - is located in the Parlor and uses a variety of curricula and group discussions to explore their faith. Class contact is Sarah Corwin-Roach.

5th Sunday Program - In months that have 5 Sundays, all of the adult Sunday School classes come together on the 5th Sunday for a special program.

Prime Time Fellowship Fellowship for adults over the age of 50 that meets for covered dish lunch and program the second Wednesday of each month at 11:30 a.m.

For more information about Adult programs at Otterbein, please see Nancy Gregory or Janet Deter or contact the Church Office at or by phone at    304-263-0342.