Childrens Ministry

Central seeks to provide a welcoming place for families with children, to help children know and feel the love of God, and to help parents guide their children in developing their faith.

Upcoming Children’s Events

Children in Worship 

Central is committed to welcoming children as full participants in our worship services. Children of any age are always welcome in worship with their parents. Families often serve together as ushers and greeters, by ringing the church bell, and bringing forward communion elements. Older children also enjoy serving as lectors offering the Scripture readings.

Children also lead Sunday morning worship specifically through Central’s music and arts programs. The Bethlehem Choir (pre-K through the first grade) and the Nazareth Choir (2nd through 5th grades) rehearse on Sunday mornings. For more information, contact David A. VanderMeer.


Sunday School 

Children age 3 and older may attend their own Sunday School classes on the second floor of the Oglesby Education Building.



Central provides a nursery staffed by professional childcare workers for children age 3 and under during the Sunday School hour. There are separate rooms for infants, for walking toddlers, and children age 2 and up. All rooms are located on the first floor of the Campbell-Eagan Building and open at 9:30 AM. Parents are given pagers so that the nursery staff can notify them if their child is upset or ill.


Extended Session 

During the worship hour, when more children are present, volunteers from the congregation assist the paid childcare staff. Extended Session is open to children age 6 and younger.

All parents of children in this age group are assigned volunteer Sundays. An online schedule is posted and parents who cannot serve their designated Sunday can trade Sundays with another parent and notify the childcare coordinator.


Sunday Family Lunch

Lunch is served in Tull Hall each Sunday immediately following the worship service. Families with young children are expected and encouraged to “cut in line” and get their food earlier. The cost is $8 for adults and $3 for children over age 2.