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About Us

North Decatur United Methodist Church was founded with children in mind.  Elizabeth Thompson opened a pre-k and kindergarten in the late 1950's to bridge the gap between the local preschools and elementary schools.  As the community changed throughout the decades NDUMC responded by opening a Parents Morning Out program and later a nationally recognized Art With Heart program. 


Today the School at North Decatur ("SAND") is proud to be recognized as a School of Excellence by the NGUMC.  Our outdoor, urban preschool is a Reggio Emilia inspired program serving families with children ages 1 through Pre-K. What is Reggio? Learn more here (external link) ...>>



A Letter from the Pastor of North Decatur UMC


SAND is a ministry of North Decatur UMC. 

January 14, 2024


Dear SAND Families,


Welcome to the School at North Decatur United Methodist Church - SAND! It is an honor to welcome you and your child onto the campus of this creative and loving church.


The preschool staff  work tirelessly to create a safe and creative environment for your child to thrive. I am amazed at how the church and preschool leadership teams guided by Emily, Julie work together to provide the most dynamic outdoor education program for your child possible.


North Decatur UMC is a church that takes seriously God’s call to be a part of its community. As a part of this call, NDUMC’s preschool is an important way that the church serves the North Decatur community, welcoming children onto the campus, helping them grow, and celebrating the many gifts that they bring to the world. We also celebrate your trust in us. Dropping children off for the first time in a new environment is a difficult and scary thing to do! We take your trust in us seriously, and we are so grateful that you have chosen North Decatur UMC as a partner in caring for your child.


Please know that if you have any questions about the church or the preschool program at NDUMC, I am always open to conversation with you. Feel free to contact me through the church office (404-373-3367) or email (


If you are looking for a church home, know that you are invited to find one here. Right now, we worship online and in our sanctuary every Sunday at 10:00am. You can find us on facebook and youtube, or you can participate in our services on our website. We also have several opportunities to join book studies, Bible studies, and small group discussions.  Everyone is welcome!


I look forward to getting to know you!





The Rev. Meg Morrison



                                          1523 Church Street / Decatur, GA 30030 / 404-373-3367 /



For more information on North Decatur United Methodist Church, please click the button below to visit their website.



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