Family Ministries at Shepherd


In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, and with the safety of our children, families, and staff of primary concern, Shepherd of the Hills United Methodist Preschool is closed until further notice. 

Shepherd of the Hills has a high-quality developmental early childhood program providing a safe and nurturing environment while promoting the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development of young children.  It is a half-day morning program for ages 2.5  to 6 years of age, available at both the Mission Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita campuses.

  • Mission Viejo 949.837-2993
  • Rancho Santa Margarita 949.709.5219
  • NAEYC Accredited
  • Experienced and highly trained staff
  • Serving the community for over 40 years!

The main preschool website is located here.


Family Ministries

Family Ministries exists to support kids, parents, and grandparents in their spiritual lives by connecting them with Jesus.

Sunday School

Join us on our YouTube channel each week to view a 5 minute Sunday School lesson. Each video includes info about the current church season, a memory verse with hand motions, a prayer, lesson, and reflection questions.

*Click here for this week’s video*

Weekly Emails

Our weekly parent emails are designed to support you as you raise kids to know Jesus; these emails include links, info about church events, and resources on parenting, faith, and justice.

Three ways to contact us for Family Ministries:

• Email Laura Arciniega at (Director of Family Ministries and Discipleship)

• Fill out the Family Ministries Prayer Requests form

• Fill out the Family Ministries survey


After the pandemic, we’ll resume our in-person Sunday School program, available for children age 3 (potty trained) through 5th grade at both locations. (Mission Viejo at 9:00 am and 11:00 am, and Rancho Santa Margarita at 9:30 am and 11:00 am.)


Nursery & Childcare

(On hold during pandemic)

On Sunday mornings at both church sites, we have a welcoming and friendly nursery room for all our little ones ages newborn through 3 years old. Our nursery is staffed with paid and background checked childcare workers who lovingly look after your littlest children.

If you need childcare during the week for a church event please download a Childcare Request Form here and return to the office, or contact Amy Strawn, our Childcare Coordinator at

Vacation Bible School

We had a “Virtual VBS” for summer of 2020, with new videos released weekly over a one month period. These free videos available for viewing here.


Music Camp

(On hold during pandemic)

The annual Music Camp is held each summer at the Rancho Santa Margarita site, with auditions, rehearsals and performances taking place over a two week period.

The 2019 Music Camp performance was “A Not So Terrible Parable.”

Music Camp is open to kids and youth who have completed kindergarten through 12th grade. Friends and neighbors are welcome to participate.

See here for more information.

Contact Kim Nason at for more information.

Positive Parenting Class

(On hold during pandemic)

Shepherd of the Hills has a parenting class called Positive Parenting, taught by the Juda Carter and Esther Chun. See here for more information and to sign up for the next class.

Joyful Noise Children and Youth Choir

(On hold during pandemic)

The Joyful Noise Children and Choir practices on Sundays from 10:15- 10:45 am in the MV Youth Lounge. All ages 4 years through high school are welcome to join in on the fun!  Please contact Schehera McKasson ( or Alicia Riding ( for information.

Lazy W Camp

(On hold during pandemic) 

The Lazy W Ranch is located in the beautiful Cleveland National Forest, east of San Juan Capistrano, and offers week-long summer camps for elementary, junior high, and senior high level.

See here for more information and registration.