Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these” (Matthew 19:14)
At Central, we love children. We consider it a privilege to serve your family in a fun and spiritually enriching environment and are grateful for the partnership of parents and volunteers who share in the calling to introduce kids to Christ and help them grow in their faith.
Central offers a diverse range of programs, classes and events for children of all ages:
Children and youth are a priority here at Central. For children age 0-3, we provide a comfortable and professionally staffed nursery on Sunday mornings during worship and church school. The nursery is located immediately adjacent to both the chapel and the sanctuary, which allows parents to have peace of mind knowing that their child is always within earshot.
Worship and Wonder
Immediately after the children’s message, children ages 3-8 are encouraged to join in “Worship and Wonder,” our excellent children’s worship program that teaches children about Christian worship and the Bible through experiential learning. The award-winning “Worship and Wonder” curriculum uses wooden manipulatives to teach Bible stories, helping children learn to worship God in an age-appropriate manner.
We also offer Sunday School classes for all ages. We utilize a traditional teacher-student model in Sunday School, as we believe it helps children establish an appropriate mentoring relationship with a Christian mentor in the life of the church. The teachers are very committed to their roles, the curriculum is heavy on “hands-on” techniques, and parents of small children in particular will attest that their children really do learn about the Bible in Sunday School!
Central has excellent and safe facilities for children’s play, including an outdoor playground that is fenced for the children’s safety. We also have some fun indoor play units that occupy one side of the church activity center (the kids love to climb on these in the winter months). Children are always welcome at Central, and this congregation is committed to making children a priority.
Children’s Choir (ages 3 years – 5th grade) practices each Sunday morning from 9:30 – 9:40 AM. The Children’s Choir performs the third Sunday of the month in both worship services.
Another wonderful aspect of our ministry to children and youth is our excellent camping program, held each summer at the La Foret Camp and Conference center in the Black Forest just north of Colorado Springs. Youth from our church are given a half-tuition scholarship to attend a week of summer camp at La Foret, an experience which has been known to transform a young person’s life. Many of our lifelong Disciples had their first “spiritual awakening” at church camp, a tradition that we do our best to keep alive in the Disciples church.