Our desire is that your child might fall deeply in love with Jesus!
Central offers a place for children ages four through fifth grade to discover and develop a passion for God. Through teaching and a variety of fun activities, children are exposed to God's true Word and challenged to grow in their relationship with God.
Our Mission & What We Value
Who Are We?The people who call Central their church home come from many backgrounds. Some have never attended church before, others have previously attended another United Methodist church, and some have come from other denominations. What unites us is our need for God's love, grace and guidance for our lives as well as to make our community and world more like God's kingdom.
What Do We Believe?Central UMC is part of the United Methodist denomination, the second largest Protestant denomination in America. We seek to be generous, devoted to Jesus Christ, and wholly surrendered to God. We strive for personal holiness by inviting people into a life-transforming relationship with Jesus Christ. We pursue social holiness in the public sphere by addressing key issues of our time so that our world will look more like the Kingdom of God. United Methodists share a common heritage with other Christians, holding to the historic essentials of the Christian faith. We have a passionate faith with strong convictions. We are willing to ask questions, to wrestle with difficult issues, and to do so with grace and compassion. We are “people of the Book,” whose faith is firmly rooted in and built upon the scriptures. We hold the Bible to be divinely inspired and are committed to live by its words. We believe the goal of the Christian life is to love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, and to love your neighbor as you love yourself. From the beginning of the Methodist movement, we were known as “reasonable enthusiasts,” those who are both emotionally and intellectually engaged. We value passionate worship, relevant preaching, small groups to hold Christians accountable to one another, and serving those who are in need. We value the spiritual disciplines and take intentional spiritual growth seriously. United Methodists value the full participation of women and men in leadership within the church and society. To learn more about our beliefs as United Methodists, go to www.umc.org or www.holston.org.
What Should I Expect?You should expect to be warmly greeted and to feel right at home on your first visit. You’re certain to find friendly people you will like to get to know better. We believe you can engage at your pace and comfort level. Whether you’ve been to a church before or not, you’ll find that the worship service is simple to follow and the teachings are thoughtful and relevant to your life. We expect that at the end of the service, you’ll want to come back. Our services vary in worship and music styles of traditional and modern contemporary worship. Find one that allows you to connect with God and feels like home.
What Should I Wear?Wear whatever you feel comfortable in. If that means your “Sunday best” or blue jeans, we want you to be comfortable while we worship together.
The Central Kids Ministry exists to build a firm foundation of faith, develop a healthy trust in God, experience the life-changing love of Jesus, and equip families to learn and grow together.
Sunday School 10:00-10:45am
Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st Grade
2nd - 5th Grade
We want our children to experience learning about Jesus through hands-on activities that will have a lasting impact. Children engage in the Deep Blue Rotation Stations curriculum that focuses on one Bible story for seven weeks. Through themed lessons including cooking, art, science, games, missions and more, children dive deep into focused messages in the Bible and experience learning that will last a lifetime.
During 9:00 & 11:00am Services
Central's children engage in CK Worship on the 2nd-5th Sunday of each month in both our Modern and Traditional services. Children begin in the Worship Center with their families and will then be dismissed after singing and prayer.
CK Worship will allow children to participate in the same elements of worship our services offer, tailored in kid-friendly ways! CK Worship will align with what is being taught in the main worship service to allow families and children to engage in the same learning and worship focus each week.
Central Nursery Ministry
We provide a loving and safe environment for babies to four years old. Parents will receive a silent buzzer when they drop their child off should their child need them during the service. Nursery is available during both services and Sunday School and is supervised by paid staff along with volunteer church members.
Babies to 4 years old - Room 102
What's happening with Central Kids?
Find out about all the exciting events and lessons planned for Central Kids from our newsletter, Kids' Korner!
View the latest issue here.