A Note From the Staff
We offer a comprehensive program of education, worship, outreach, and fellowship for children. Our mission is to grow and nurture children into young disciples, teaching them about God's love while providing a positive, affirming place for them to laugh and learn! If you have any questions about our Children's Sunday School classes, our nursery, or the Oak Hill UMC Children's Ministry, please contact Jennifer Barkis or call (512) 288-3836 ext. 213.
Children are an integral part of the worshiping congregation at Oak Hill UMC. Children are encouraged to worship with their families. Each worship service includes a special “Children’s Time” and children are always welcome at the Lord’s Table to receive Holy Communion.
For further information on our acolyte, year-round, and summer programs, we encourage you to check out the Children’s Ministry page.
We have bright, clean, inviting nursery rooms with loving childcare providers who are trained in first aid and CPR. Every Sunday, we have a brief/optional, age-appropriate lesson for those 2 and under in the Nursery. Nursery care is offered every Sunday morning starting with the 8:45 a.m. service, and for all worship events, church meetings, and gatherings. Our nursery and all of our classes for children are located in the Children’s Education Building.
Sunday School Classes at 10 a.m.
All children are welcome at Oak Hill United Methodist Church! We do our best to accommodate needs. If your child has a special need or challenge, we will make every effort to include him or her so that your child feels valued and invested in our classes and programs!
At 10 a.m. we offer classes for age 3–5th grade. We all gather in the Great Room in the Children’s Education Building to greet each other and sing before splitting into age specific classes for the day’s topic.
All children participating in Sunday School classes must have a registration form filled out prior to leaving after Children's Time.
Sunday School Class at 11:15 a.m.
At 11:15 a.m. we offer a combined class for all elementary school-age children. The class meets upstairs in room 203.
Meet our Nursery Workers
Carol Elias has worked in the Oak Hill UMC nursery for over 10 years! She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Arizona State University (Go Sundevils!) and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Northern Arizona University (she’s also a Lumberjack)! During the school year she works for the Dripping Springs ISD as a teacher. She and her husband, Walter, have four sons. Their two older sons are away at Texas Tech and UTSA, and their two younger sons are in high school. At Oak Hill UMC she loves having the chance to meet so many wonderful families and watching their children grown into amazing human beings!
My name is Avery Johnson and I've been working at Oak Hill UMC since September 2017. I absolutely love it! I enjoy drawing and marking art in my free time, and I love seeing lots of kiddos through work and babysitting. This year in college I will major in advertising and possibly continue my path of becoming an American Sign Language interpreter. I love getting to know your kids and watching them grow!
Hi! My name is Madi Bickham. I’ve been a member of Oak Hill UMC my entire life and have volunteered or worked for Children’s Ministries since I was in 6th grade. In May 2018 I graduated from Texas State with a bachelor’s in social work. I plan on working toward my master’s degree and later getting a job in medical social work. I love working with kids, and working in the nursery is the perfect way to give back to the church that has given me so much in my life!
I have been a member of Oak Hill UMC for about 25 years. Both of my children were part of the youth program here, and I taught children's Sunday School classes in the past. I am a recently retired nurse (for 39 years), and I am hoping to spend more time with my four granddaughters, as well as with my husband, Jon, now that I'm not working all of the time! I have spent a good bit of my career working in pediatrics, and I have always loved taking care of infants and toddlers. Working in the nursery gives me a chance to do that again.
Sarah Jackson graduated from LASA High School in 2019. During her free time, Sarah enjoys playing the cello and is in the bell choir at Oak Hill UMC. She also likes crocheting and writing synth music on her computer. Sarah has attended Oak Hill UMC her entire life and loves being a part of the nursery staff.
Susie Brawn is part of Bowie High School’s class of 2020. She’s a board member for the school’s Sexuality and Gender Acceptance Club, a technician for the Starlight Theater Company, and the president of a charity knitting club. Her favorite courses are technical theater and “Ready, Set, Teach!” She intends to major in teaching at Texas State and minor in technical theater. When she isn’t in the theater or in class, Susie enjoys reading, cooking, and traveling with her friends. Susie grew up at Oak Hill UMC and enjoys working with children.