The work of Sunday schools is one of the ol­dest ministries in the UMC in Estonia.Despite the fact that in Soviet times any kind of work and activities with children were strictly prohibited in churches, it was still carried out in secret. Birthday parties at homes served the purpose, as country houses served as camp sites, and so on.

Sunday school teachers were brave volunteers. They were women and mothers as well as some men who taught the children Bible stories and Christian songs. Finnish Christians gave a helping hand in training Sunday school teachers, they brought necessary study materials to Estonia secretly and organized teacher training sessions.

Before and at the time of the re-establishment of the independence of Estonia, children’s ministry became more active and many new children joined Sunday schools. The need increased for teacher training. The knowledge necessary for children work can also be obtained within the main programme of the Baltic Methodist Theological Seminary.

In 1993 a possibility opened up for organizing summer camps at Camp Gideon for the children of the entire UMC in Estonia, organizing committees were set up both for Estonian and Russian speaking children camps. In the last two summers Rally of Joy Child­ren’s Day was conducted in Tallinn for the children of the whole Methodist Church (in the Estonian language).

During the last six years we have had the chance to publish Sunday school study materials of the UMC Global Service in Estonia. The committee established for the publis­hing of the materials consists of the following members: Meeli Tankler (translator and chairman), Külli Kuusemaa, Piibe Piirma, Lii Lilleoja, Sirly Lahi, Pille Mägila and Urve Pärnamets. Training days have been organized for teachers to help them use the Sunday school materials efficiently.

The main activities take place in the Sunday schools of local congregations, both Estonian and Russian speaking.