Children’s Ministries

Children Caring For Children

We want to engage everyone at West Side Church in living out a Christ-like life.  This begins with our children.  Here are some representative projects that our children are involved with:

Compassion International

The children of West Side United Methodist church sponsor a child Deborah Kicowo from Uganda. This is an opportunity for our children to learn about helping a child who lives in the poorest part of the world. Through this program and the donations we send, Deborah will be given theopportunity to receive an education, be healthy, develop self- confidence and social skills, hear the gospel and learn about Jesus.

kikowco2-594x98A member of our church Kristina Rudd had the joy of meeting Deborah she also met Fedeli Authurie who is sponsored by Margie Rudd, Kristina’s mother. Here are pictures of her and the children that are thriving because of the donations that are sent directly to and for them from West Side United Methodist Church.

If you would like to make a contribution to help Deborah, you may do so by sending a check made out to West Side UMC and designate it to Compassion International or you may sponsor your own child by picking up a brochure at West Side. For more information check out their website or e-mail Sean Jarchow at


Operation Christmas Child

occ-logoEvery year, just before Christmas, West Side’s Sunday school takes part in Operation Christmas Child, a mission project of Samaritans Purse. It’s very easy and fun for everyone to do.

  1. Get a brochure! (Can be found at West Side)
  2. Get a shoebox!
  3. Follow the directions.
  4. Fill the shoebox with gifts.
  5. Bring it to the church. 

Brochure gives you the finer points and you will be hearing more about it in the next few weeks. All shoeboxes must be returned to the church no later than Sunday, November 16. Our goal is 200 boxes. A $5 donation is requested for shipping and handling. Last year 6 million boxes were sent around the world. If you would like to see a video that shows the children receiving their shoebox, contact Sean Jarchow, 663-4164.


Heifer Project

Through the Sunday school offering each week Sept-May the children of West Side support the Heifer project. The Heifer Project is an international organization that works to end world hunger and save the earth by providing livestock, as well as training to families around the world. The money given by our children helps buy animals and teaches families how to raise them so they may become self-reliant for food and income.

During Lent each year the Sunday school sponsors “Fill the Ark”. Everyone in the congregation is welcome to take a little ark and calendar to follow and fill it with loose change. After we have filled our “arks” the children then get to vote on the animals they wish to have purchased.

If you would like to help our children raise money for this project you may designate your donation to the Heifer project and give/send it to:

 West Side United Methodist Church
900 S. Seventh St.
Ann Arbor MI 48103

 If you are interested in learning more about this organization you may go to: