Christian Education is vital to the life of Central. The Christian Nurture Commission and the Christian Educator work together to develop and oversee programs to nurture all members of our church family in their never ending faith journey.
SUNDAY SCHOOL 9:30 AM
Nursery – Our attendants provide special care for infants and toddlers through 2 years of age with simple lessons from Wee Believe for Toddlers. (Room 101)
Preschool – Children that are 3, 4, and 5 years old enjoy Bible stories and activities using the PCUSA Growing in Grace and Gratitude materials. They meet in the Preschool room (108) on the first floor with teachers Beth Christ and Corrine Foree. The class will begin in fellowship hall for music.
Elementary – Kindergarten through 5th graders will meet in room 103. A member of the teaching team of Suzanne Downs, Josh Powers and Scott Racop will be leading the activities in the Growing in Grace and Gratitude curriculum. Each class session begins with music led by Jim Moles in fellowship hall.
Middle School – 6th through 8th grade students gather in room 201 for “Faith in Action through Mission and Service.” Cheryl Moles, Andrew Conner and others will keep the group active with mission learning and projects.
High School –“Let’s Discuss” for 8th through 12th grade students and adults will meet in the “lounge” (room 200) for an intergenerational current event discussion class led by Scott Paul-Bonham and various class members.
Jim Moles leads music with the children at the beginning of each Sunday School class. They typically sing the offertory for worship on the 3rd Sunday of each month.
ADULT AND YOUNG ADULT CLASS:
Let’s Discuss – “Let’s Discuss” for 8th through 12th grade students and adults will meet in the “lounge” (room 200) for an intergenerational current event discussion class led by Scott Paul-Bonham and various class members.
Parents’ Night Out is the second Friday of each month from 5:30 pm – 9 pm. Kids come and have dinner, craft, mission, and fun under the supervision of caring church members. Parents can go on a dinner date, shopping, or a nap…whatever is needed. Church member families only.
The Family Prayer Group comes together each Monday at noon to pray for the specific needs of the families of our church and community. All mothers, grandmothers, daughters or sisters that seek God’s guidance for nurturing all aspects of family life are invited to attend. We share joys, concerns, laughter and tears and all comments are kept confidential. We gather for a light lunch and devotion, then share prayer requests followed by intentional prayer. Childcare is provided. If you are not able to attend, but have a prayer need, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
T3EM – Third Tuesday Evening Meetings – Six of the church Commissions and Committees meet regularly on the third Tuesday of each month. The Christian Nurture Commission recognizes the difficulty of feeding a family before rushing to a meeting or the juggling of kids during the meeting time. To ease this problem for our members, supper is served continuously from 5:15 to 7:30 pm on these nights and childcare is provided from 5:15 to 8:00 pm. Those attending meetings and all of their family members are welcome for a serve yourself/clean up yourself meal at the time that is convenient for you.
The 7th Cents Youth Group is a cooperative ministry for the 6th to 12th grade students of Central Presbyterian Church and Centenary United Methodist Church. The youth created the name because both churches are located on 7th Street and share the CENT of the church names. Connor Scanlon is the director of the joint youth ministry and actively participates in the lives of both churches. For more information, contact him at email@example.com.
7th Cents Youth Group has regular meetings on Sunday evenings from 5:00-7:00pm. The location of the meetings alternate. Check the 7th Cents page for mission weeks and special events.
There are many ways to help with the youth group. Please talk to Connor Scanlon if you would like to prepare a meal or snack, be a driver for outings, or help with a special event.
Seekers and Searchers Bible Study – women are welcome to join this study that meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month September to May from 10:00 to 11:30 am at the church. The group will meet on the 3rd Tuesday in November and December. The study is Between a Rock and a Grace Place, by Carol Keat. Leadership is shared by the members.
The Nancy and Dale McKee Family Scholarship Fund has been established with the Wabash Valley Community Foundation by the sons and daughter of church members Nancy and Dale McKee. This fund benefits persons who are pursuing a post-high school course of study at either a two-year or four-year institution of higher learning and who are members of Central Presbyterian Church (or, if not members, then regularly in attendance at the church) prior to receipt of any award from this fund. Often, the recipients will be graduating high school seniors, but this is not a requirement: so-called “non traditional” students may be eligible for support as they pursue higher education at a time after high school graduation or perhaps after completing a bachelor’s degree. The intention is to provide scholarship assistance to persons who have been faithful in attendance and have been engaged in the fellowship, study, and service offered in the Church’s life.
Applications should be made on the schedule and with the forms prescribed by the Wabash Valley Community Foundation.
Mary E. Surrell became a member of Central Presbyterian Church in 1866. With a bequest from her, the church has established the Surrell Scholarship Fund for the benefit of graduating high-school seniors and current college students (including non-traditional) who are a part of the CPC family, whether by membership or participation in church life.
Applications are available in the church office (and also here). Completed applications must be received in the church office by the annual deadline which is announced in early spring. Questions can be addressed to Cheryl Moles or Alvin Stinnett.
Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School is a cooperative event offered by Central Presbyterian, Centenary United Methodist, St. Stephen’s Episcopal and Trinity Lutheran churches. Children ages 3 through 5th graders (completed spring 2017) are welcome to join The Jesus Way VBS at Trinity Lutheran Church (2620 Ohio Blvd) on June 19-22 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Registration forms are now available.