Home > Kids/Youth


Safe Sanctuaries is a program of the United Methodist Church.

Highland values our young members and seeks to help guide them to a life long relationship with God. We offer plenty of fun and enriching opportunities each week for these valuable members of our church family. During worship, we have infant and child care for children up to four years of age. Children participate in our worship services during Children’s Time, and our youth and children can also participate through service opportunities and choirs.

We have dedicated programming during our Sunday School hour, and during the school year we offer programs on Wednesday evenings  for all ages  and Sunday evenings for youth.

We are also happy to provide all day care at the Highland Children’s Center, a 5-star preschool serving children 6 months to 5 years. The Children’s Center also has loving after school care for elementary age children.


Highland hosts a variety of children & youth scouting troops, including Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Girl Scouts.

Learn more about our Boy Scout troop here.

Highland has an amazing Cub Scout Pack 357 that meets Tuesday nights at 7 PM. The first meeting of the fall is on September 4 in Bradley Hall.

Who can join? Cub scouting is for youth in the first through fifth grades or are 7 to 10 years of age. In a wonderful new policy change, girls can now join cub scouting too. A  girls den is being formed and are looking for more to join.

What does the pack do? Our cub scouts master new skills, learn about nature, develop strong friendships and character building traits. Some of the activities that they participate in include camp outs at Camp Durant – Umstead – USS Yorktown, a hunger relief service project, pinewood derby, popcorn sales, greenway litter cleanup, a bicycle rodeo and they receive awards for completing their achievements.

Who leads the cubs? The cubs of Pack 357 are fortunate to have a strong adult leadership team with many years of experience leading youth. Parents of cubs are encouraged to actively participate and encourage their youth’s advancement through the ranks.

If you would like more information or want to join, please feel free to contact us at scoutingpack357@gmail.com or Jim Johnson (919) 412-3546; Brian Cole (609) 741-0857.

Learn more about our Cub Scout pack here.

Safe Sanctuaries

Highland is a Safe Sanctuaries Church, which means we take seriously the need to make sure all children, youth and vulnerable adults are safe when in our care or participating in our programs.

This means that all staff and volunteers have:

  • successfully completed a background check
  • received training on safety procedures and the church’s policies formulated to protect children and youth while in our care
  • agreed to follow Highland’s Safe Sanctuary Policy

If you have questions or concerns about Highland UMC’s Safe Sanctuary Policy, if you would like to read the full policy, or have a concern about safety at Highland, please contact Amy Takahashi, Director of Children’s Ministries.