Education is very important at Park Avenue UMC. It is through education that we grow and mature as Christians. We aim to help children develop and become active and positive members of our church and throughout their lives. We offer a variety of programs to enrich your child’s education.


Sunday School

Sunday school begins during 11 AM worship. Children are asked to join the congregation in the sanctuary and come forward for the Children’s Message. Teachers and staff then escort them to Sunday school. Each child is placed in a grade appropriate group.

Child Care is also available during our 9 AM worship service and Choir rehearsals. Please contact Liz in the church office for more information:, 212-427-5421.



Park Avenue Youth Theater

Is your child interested in theater? Enroll them today in our exciting after-school program!

Students will work with professional directors to learn how to develop their own thoughts and perspectives of the world into a piece of original theater.

Age Groups:

Ages 9-12     Thursdays       4:00pm-6:30pm
Ages 13-18    Wednesdays   4:30pm-6:30pm



Annual Events for Children & Teens

  • Fall Festival, October
  • Children’s Christmas Eve Service, December
  • Children’s Labyrinth Walk, Lent
  • Easter Egg Hunt on the Roof
  • Valentine’s Day Tea, February
  • Summer Kickoff Carnival, April/May

To enroll your child in any of these programs,  contact our Director of Programs for Children and Families:  

Liz Sweeney: Liz@PAUMCNYC.ORG


Park Avenue Methodist Day School

Since 1953, PAMDS has remained true to a play-based model. This small gem of a non-sectarian school has a warm, welcoming community that has educated generations of families. Our mission is to create a lifelong love of learning through hands-on experience and critical thinking. PAMDS’ experienced and dedicated teachers provide individualized instruction while fostering teamwork and cooperative play. Children are encouraged to take risks, learn from mistakes, and problem solve in an environment of mutual respect and trust. Aside from reading and writing readiness, our goal is to send children off to kindergarten with self-confidence, creativity, independence, and compassion. Research has shown that play has a direct positive impact on cognitive, social/emotional, and physical development, which in our experience is the foundation for successful learning. Learn more at