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.  We are 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. Below is a letter from Pastor Faulhaber:


Dear SAND Families,

Welcome to the preschool 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. 


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 the trust that you have for us seriously, and we are so grateful that you have chosen North Decatur UMC as a partner in caring for your child. 


As the pastor of the church, I look forward to the ways that your child will witness to us. Their wonder, joy, and curiosity will shape us as they make their presence known in our hallways and classrooms. I look forward to hearing the sounds of play and learning drift down the hallways. I am excited to see your child with our loving and dedicated teachers, as they spend their days in a creative and playful environment that will help them grow each day. 


Please know that if you have any questions about the church or the preschool program at NDUMC, my door is open to you. Feel free to stop in or to contact me via phone (404-373-3367) or email (patrick@ndumc.org). 


I want you to experience the same hospitality that I have experienced as the new pastor at North Decatur United Methodist Church. I have been the pastor here for less than two months, but I have already felt such a wonderful sense of welcome and gratitude, that I am sure you and your family will be warmly welcomed. One thing that is already clear to me already is that this church truly loves children! If you are looking for a church home, know that you are invited to find one here. We have two worship services. The Table is at 9:00 and the Traditions service is at 11:00. Sunday school for every age is also offered at 10:00. A nursery is provided during these hours for those who have need. 


Again, it is an honor to care for your child. Please, make yourself at home. 




The Rev. Patrick Faulhaber



        1523 Church Street / Decatur, GA 30030 / 404-373-3367 / www.ndumc.org



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