Children and Youth
Ministry & Outreach
Throughout the year, we offer a variety of studies for adults, on topics that range from devotions for Lent (using Forgiveness, a Lenten Study) or Advent, to the elements of a progressive faith with our Phoenix Affirmation book study. Central has also hosted a Summer Series of topics ranging from Poverty in America to Mental Health issues among the homeless population.
Topics and times will vary but are announced in our church publications and posted on the church calendar.
Children and Youth
Whether it’s children being taught the age-old stories of the heroes and heroines of the Bible or a young person learning who they are in the God’s design, it’s a Central desire to provide a safe and loving learning environment.
Central’s youth program is a safe, nurturing, and exciting place for our young Christians to grow in their love for the Lord and their love for others. We use fun, creative ways to make the story of God and God’s people come alive in Bible stories. We explore how to apply the Love of God in their everyday, normal lives. We have quiet moments to listen when our children share their thoughts as they build their own, personal relationship with God. Our children participate in the life of the church as a whole in worship, mission and fun.
Our children join us in worship with their families at 10 am, then they are invited to go to children’s chapel and Sunday School. The classes last until the worship service is over and the children are collected by their families.
On the first Sunday of the month, when our congregation celebrates communion, however, children’s classes end early so the young people can return and receive communion with the congregation.
Our children also participate regularly in a mission outreach project. Some of their activities have included packaging school supply bags for Church World Service, creating art to raise money as Little Stewpot Stewards and helping to assemble care packages for the homeless.
Nursery: Child care for parents who wish the opportunity to be child-free to participate in church activities or during worship service, is available for infants and toddlers (3 mos – 2 years) from 9:15am thru 12:15pm on Sundays.
At Central, we usually observe Holy Communion on the first Sunday of each month.
(For more information, we’ve prepared a Communion Q&A)
Ministry and Outreach
Ministry and Outreach
We are a community of faith, and worship. One of our Central values is the commitment to take our love and devotion to God and put it into action—making a real difference in the lives of people in our community and around the world. We believe that Christ’s example of acting in love is the way to advance reconciliation and wholeness in the world. Doing justice, seeking peace, embracing equality and inclusivity, and building community are Central to our identity as members of the United Church of Christ.
Finding ways to provide immediate assistance and relief to those in need, as a church, we seek opportunities to move outside the walls of our building. Activities can involve tireless volunteer hours, sponsoring existing charitable organization, collecting and donating goods to those in need, or organizing congregational group mission trips. Our efforts have included support of local organizations, such as North Dallas Shared Ministries, The Bridge Homeless Recovery Center, North Texas Food Bank, Family Gateway and others. In addition, we organize periodic mission trips, as well as the collection of resources in response to the emerging needs of our community. We partner with local schools, like J.J. Pershing, to provide needy students with school supplies, food, clothing items, and Holiday gifts.
Wider Church Outreach
As Central is a part of a wider network of UCC churches, at a national level, we are a part of the UCC’s “Our Church’s Wider Mission” which supports programs and disaster relief in the nation and the world. For more information, go to https://www.ucc.org/ocwm.
Central offers annual financial support to various organizations as determined by our Mission Advisory Team. Some of the organizations that we have supported include:
Our music ministry, under the direction of Kathy Lowrie, offers many opportunities to praise God through choral, handbell and instrumental music. Central’s congregation has always valued music ministry and it’s role in worship. A large percentage of our church family participates in music ministry.
Our Chancel Choir rehearses on Sundays at 9:30 AM during the months of September through May, and sings weekly at our 11 AM worship services. Our choir includes a wide variety of musical experience, and all who enjoy singing are welcome.
Chancel Bells rehearses at 7 PM on Wednesday evenings. Our group rings 5 octaves of Malmark handbells and handchimes, often enhanced by our low bass chimes. If you are interested in helping as a sub, or would like to be on a wait list if the group has an opening, please contact Kathy Lowrie.
Instruments of Praise consists of instrumentalists from our church family. The group rehearses and plays periodically throughout the year. If you play an instrument and would like to join in the fun, please let us know.
If you’re interested in singing in our choir, playing handbells, and/or playing another instrument, there’s a place for you. We would welcome your participation and your presence among us.
Chancel Choir Rehearsal: Sundays, 9:30-10:30 AM
Chancel Bells Rehearsal: Wednesdays, 7:00-8:00
Instruments of Praise: as announced
Central has become a community gathering place; proud to provide a home for the many activities during the day and evenings.
Alcoholics Anonymous Young Adult Chapter meets in Fellowship Hall every Monday evening at 7:30pm and Friday evening at 8:00pm.
Girl Scouts usually meet from 6:00 to 7:00pm on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month (with some exceptions,) September through May. These are Daisies and Brownies, involving girls in K-3rd grades.
Canterbury Review Club meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month from noon until 2:000pm, September through May (excluding December.) The club sponsors literary reviews through the presentation of a work of current literature by a reviewer.
Drug Addicts Anonymous meets in Fellowship Hall every Wednesday evening at 7:30pm.
Tai Chi – Moving Meditation the Taoist Tai Chi arts exercise the entire physiology, quiets the mind and tames the heart. For more information, contact 1-888-385-5550. Meeting times as follows in Fellowship Hall:
- Tuesday & Thursday mornings – 9:30am
- Thursday evenings – 7:00pm
- Saturday mornings – 9:00am
Interested in Participating?
Dec 24 - Christmas Eve Service
The season of Advent and Christmas is a festive time of year. Our worship adds to the festivities. We hope you can join us this evening at 7pm for our Christmas Eve Service.
Dec 26 - Sunday Worship Service
We will continue our Christmas worship on Sunday at 11am. As always you are welcome to join us in person or online. We continue to follow the safety measure of mask wearing in our in-person worship.