"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights..."
Helotes Hills welcomes children 6 weeks to 4 years old in our nursery program. We offer a warm and welcoming atmosphere for the youngest members of our church family to explore their world, grow in confidence, and learn of Christ. The nursery is open for all Sunday services from 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and for special church events. Our childcare staff is trained in using redirection and positive reinforcement to maintain a peaceful atmosphere and is professionally certified in pediatric CPR/AED and first aid.
Our Promise to You
We promise to love and care for your child without bias, as Christ has taught us to love. We promise that the nursery door is always “open” and we encourage parents to develop a working relationship with our staff so we can better serve you. We promise that parents are welcome in our Nursery so long as their presence does not cause distress to other children. We promise that all adult volunteers and staff members are nationally background checked and trained every 2 years according to the Rio Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church’s Safe Gatherings program to ensure the safety of the children in our care. Helotes Hills UMC Nursery is committed to keeping a staff/volunteer to child ratio of 2 to 5 and a clean, safe environment for children to play and grow in.
Ages 6 weeks to 18 months
Ages 18 months to 4 years
We are here for you!
Little Lamb Nursery
"Fear not, little flock, for it is the Father's good pleasure to give you the Kingdom."
Specifically geared towards the youngest members of our church family, our Little Lamb nursery provides a safe, warm, and peaceful place for infants 6 weeks to 18 months old. Little ones are greeted with love and age appropriate toys, soft carpets and cushioned floor mats so they can explore their environment comfortably. Our goal is to provide peace of mind for new and "experienced" parents alike, allowing them to attend worship to recharge and reconnect for the week ahead. We know the struggles facing parents and newborns and strive to create an open and working relationship with parents to aide in that process.
"Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it."
We believe that a child is never to young to hear that they are loved by a wonderful and caring God. Noah's Nursery provides toddlers an exciting environment to grow, learn, create, and explore their world around them. Designed for children 18 months to 4 years, we encourage a positive environment with a focus on fun and fellowship. During worship services children in Noah's Nursery will hearing the Scripture through Godly Play in our Kindling Children's Church Program. In the Sunday School hour we offer a structured lesson and craft that further explores the Scriptures heard during Kindling. We encourage parents to continue the exploration of faith each week by asking open-ended
questions about faith and sharing ideas to help develop their child's sense of wonder and belief.
"Children have an innate sense of the presence of God. The Godly Play approach helps them to explore their faith through story, to gain religious language and to enhance their spiritual experience though wonder and play." -- description taken from www.godlyplayfoundation.org
For more information on Godly Play, please read
Meet our Childcare Staff
"And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise."
Director of Christian Education
Jessi holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Ashford University and has a background in both childcare and restaurant management. She was born and raised in the Tampa Bay area of Florida and has lived in San Antonio since 2013. She is Momma to twin 4 year olds, Nate and Noella, and hopes to give them the same Christ-centered upbringing she experienced in her childhood church. Jessi and her husband reside in Alamo Ranch.
Lead Nursery Staff
Olivia has been a member of Helotes Hills since 2009, and has been working with our nursery for six years. She is currently working as a nanny while going to school at Northwest Vista for an early childhood education degree. She loves working with kids and hopes to open up her own daycare one day!
Brooke Balque is a native Texan. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and attends UTSA in order to obtain her teacher certification in special education. She enjoys working with children and loves having the opportunity to guide children in the Christian faith.