This is the Children’s Ministry overview page.


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!

If you’d like a tour feel free to call and make an appointment.

Please visit our full website here.

Sunday School

Come join us every Sunday for Sunday School where we learn all about Jesus’ love. Our programs are designed to be fun and educational, and we offer Bible lessons and craft/activities taught by a team of dedicated teachers. Sunday School is available for children ages 3 (potty trained) through 5th grade at both locations:

  • Mission Viejo: 9:00 am & 11:00 am
  • Rancho Santa Margarita: 9:30 am & 11:00 am

To register your child for Sunday School, please complete the information here.

Nursery & Childcare

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


Designed for 3rd – 5th graders, this “junior” youth group meets the first three Sundays evenings of the month from 5:00 to 6:00 pm at the Mission Viejo campus.

For more information please call the church office at 949-837-2941.

Vacation Bible School

The Summer 2017 VBS theme was “Maker Fun Factory,” and was held in late July at the Mission Viejo campus.

(Did you know that our 2017 VBS had over 150 kids and over 100 volunteers?)


Please contact the church office if you have questions.

Music Camp

An 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.

This year’s Music Camp performance was entitled “Malice in the Palace.”

Music Camp is open to kids and youth who have completed kindergarten through 12th grade. Friends and neighbors are welcome to participate. Contact Kim Nason at for more information.

Joyful Noise Children’s Choir

The Joyful Noise Children’s Choir resumes practice on Sunday, September 17 from 10:15- 10:45 am in the MV Youth Lounge. All ages 4 years through Middle School are welcome to join in on the fun!  Please contact Schehera McKasson ( or Alicia Riding ( for information.

Lazy W Camp

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.