Children & Youth

Little children come to me photo handscrossBenn’s Church children and youth have many opportunities to share in fun and fellowship while learning about God’s love for them. All are welcome.

youth group signBenn’s Youth Group is for Middle and High School Students. This active youth group meets on Sundays in the new Youth Room Rm #100 from 5:00-6:30pm. [ Youth group will break for the summer months, see you back this Fall!]

These youth enjoy fellowship, planned activities and enjoy making a difference in their community and world through mission projects.
The Curriculum is Way to Live: Christian Practices for Teens (Bass & Richter)
Group Leaders are Courtenay and AV Bowman.

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SAVE THE DATE! Vacation Bible School will be held from June 27 – July 1, 2022 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm daily! 

It won’t be long before Summer and Vacation Bible School will be here! Benn’s UMC VBS will study the New Testament in Part 2 of Society of St. Andrew’s “Abundance Orchard”. The lessons focus on scriptures illustrating Jesus’ use of meals to gather those most in need of His love. Abundance Orchard VBS will teach our children about faith and feeding the hungry.
Our monetary mission this week will be the Society of St. Andrew ( We will also collect food items for the Isle of Wight County Christian Outreach Program (
Benn’s UMC Vacation Bible School is for children who have completed grades Preschool (3) through Grade 5. Please register your children at:
We need Youth Volunteers; those who have completed the 6th grade may register on the same website.
Paper registrations for students and volunteers are available in the church office.


Kid friendly interactive themes are a fun way for elementary children to learn of God’s love for them and how to serve others. There are many volunteering opportunities for older youth and adults alike. For more information contact Mary Nancy Saunders.

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Children are welcome to stay for the duration of the service or they can go to nursery/child care. Nursery care is for infants and toddlers and located in room 107. Older children, generally ages 3-5 meet together in room 102 and can be divided as necessary for age appropriate activities.

The value of each child is recognized and is sacred to both the preschool and the church family at Benn's UMC.  Each child will be treated as an individual and with respect.

Preschool children learn best through play and by participating in activities which are developmentally appropriate.  Children will leave our program with the skills to thrive in kindergarten.  Skills such as cutting, proper pencil holding, recognizing the alphabet, shapes and colors.  Generous time will be allowed daily for children to choose their own activities and playmates.  The daily schedule also includes group time in language, math, music and science skills.

Another part of the curriculum is Al's Pals: Kids Making Healthy Choices.

Units of Study:

The curriculum is based on thematic units such as Self (senses and feelings), Community Helpers, Pilgrims and Native Americans, Oceans, Weather, Dinosaurs, Farm, Family, Seasons and Holidays.

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About Us

What We’re All About is helping Children Succeed

Think. Reason. Question. Experiment. These are just a few of the skills and qualities that children will develop at Benns Church Preschool. Since our founding “1974”we’ve focused on supporting kids during all transitions throughout childhood.

All activities are designed to adequately nurture the emotional and intellectual growth of our kids. Through stimulating situations and hands-on learning opportunities, young children are free to develop into bright young minds. Reach out to learn more, and enroll with us today!

Our Mission

At Benns Church Preschool, our mission consists of providing a warm and nurturing environment where children feel safe. Our unique Preschool offers various activities that are specifically designed to encourage each child’s growth. Through cooperative play and creative activities, kids reach their social, emotional and physical milestones naturally and with ease.