The curiosity of kids abounds. They ask deep questions about the world and how it works; wanting to know their place, their purpose, and if their perception of this vast space is aligned with what is true. Our Kids Ministry team wants to partner with you to stoke the flames of these investigative sparks you see in your child. Kids Ministry at UALC provides a safe space for kids to engage with the message of the Gospel and find that it answers all their questions about who they are and how the world is meant to be.
NEW! Kids Connect
Second Mondays | 6:00-7:30 pm | Mill Run Campus
September 11, 2023 – May 13, 2024
An opportunity for kids to gather, share a meal, and have activity time with with their peers and UALC Kids' Ministry leaders. Cost is $10/night.
For K–5th graders
Aug 20, 2023 - May 19, 2024
All of our Modern Worship Services offer Kids’ Church throughout the school year. Kids’ Church content follows along with the Narrative Lectionary, as do our sermons, allowing for shared family conversations after the service each week.
Mill Run will have Kids' Church at both the 9:00 & 11:00 am services. Lytham Road Campus schedule will be determined with the renovation plans.
On Small Group Sundays, kids are invited to join the service for gathered worship with their parent or guardian. Prior to the sermon, kids are dismissed to grade specific small groups to build deeper friendships and discipleship conversations. On the third Sunday of each month, kids are invited to our Rally Sunday — an exciting and kid-friendly parallel service that runs the entire worship hour.
For children age 3 through sixth grade
Build lasting faith foundations through Bible memorization and fun activities. Wednesdays, 6:30-7:45 pm, beginning September 6. Learn more and register here.
For children in grades 3-6
Sing, look into the Bible, and play high-energy games. Wednesdays, 4:00-5:30 pm. Now at the Mill Run Campus during renovations. Begins August 30. Find more information here.
Our Vision for Next Generation Ministries
Kids and teenagers are not only the future of the church but also part of the whole family of God now. They participate in the all the church’s ministries, including Sunday worship. All throughout our church life, we empower younger people to participate and make meaningful contributions.
Watch the full vision in this video >
Over the last few years, the Next Generation Ministries team, along with Pastor Steve and Aaron, have taken some time to reflect on our church's Confirmation process and how we can best help students to grow in their relationship with Jesus and to be prepared for their faith walk after high school.
Recently some important information about Confirmation was sent out to our congregation. Please look at the document & video below for all the information regarding Confirmation 2023-2024.
Consent and Waiver Form
Sunday Worship Services
We gather each Sunday to hear the Word of God and receive His presence and promises to us in Holy Communion, praising the Lord through prayer, song, and fellowship. Find more here.
Small groups are three or more individuals meeting together routinely in homes and rooms across the city. These groups are central to the relational life of UALC; where we can know and be known, love and be loved, and care and be cared for. Visit ualc.org/smallgroups for more information.
Daily Worship - Time With God
The rhythms of our week shape the values in our homes. Between Sundays we worship God at home through studying the Bible, prayer, fasting, laughing with family, sharing a meal with a neighbor, or doing our best at work. Worshiping God with everything means that everything can be worship when we do for God’s glory with an awareness of His presence. Click on this link to access our Daily Bible readings and resources for your time with God.
New Member Class
Joining the Family and Mission of UALC
UALC is a dynamic family always welcoming new people. The New Member Class is made for those who want to learn more about UALC, meet people, and find out more about joining our community in following Jesus together. Led by our Senior Pastor, campus pastors, and staff, it’s the best way to get connected and understand how we are living out our mission and vision. At the end of the class, each person can make a choice about becoming a member.
Next class is Oct. 8-22, 4:00-5:30 pm, at the Mill Run Campus. New Member Sunday is November 12. Find details and register here.
Spring class is April 21-May 5, 2024.
We offer the sacrament to members and non-members, children and adults alike. If you are parents of a young child, you'll first attend a Baptism Class (attendance is required for the first child only). Classes are offered in-person on the second Sunday of every month, 1:00-2:00 pm or by appointment. Parents will hear UALC’s strategy for partnering with families throughout all the phases from birth to college. Adults who've never been baptized but have put their faith in Jesus can contact one of our pastors to talk about being baptized. Find details and register here. After completing registration, Pastor Joe (Lytham Road) or Pastor David (Mill Run) will be in touch.
Middle School (MSM) Sunday Night
MSM Sunday Night is a fun, welcoming community where middle schoolers can come to grow, connect, and play lots of games with friends. We meet every Sunday during the school year from 4:00-6:00 pm at our Mill Run Campus, for small groups and a few large group games. New friends are always welcome. Contact: Kelsey Bacon
UALC Mission Partners
We are passionately invested with our mission partners. We seek to serve our world and invite our neighbors to catch the love of Christ as we serve together to meet real needs in our community. We serve regularly and lead others to serve as we give generously of our time, talent, and treasure. Click here to learn more about our mission partners and local serving opportunities.
HARP - Helping Appalachian Rural People
Helping Appalachian Rural People is a Christian organization that works to serve people seeking self-sufficiency, leading to independence by providing spiritual, emotional, and material support. Learn More.
Heart to Honduras (HTH)
Heart to Honduras seeks to form disciples who will transform their world -- to foster thriving Honduran communities by developing the gifts and capacities of visionary, engaged, local leaders. In addition, UALC supports Kaleb and Stacey Eldridge who are key HTH workers in Honduras. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, www.hth.org.
Watch a video here about rebuilding hope in Lomas del Aguila after two hurricanes.
Watch a video here about re-planting hope with the communities in our UALC ministry areas.
God's Hygiene Help Center
Our mission is to help people in need and living in poverty to live more dignified and comfortable lives. We provide hygiene products, feminine hygiene products, school supplies and winter accessories to people who cannot provide these items for themselves. Contact Diane Hendrickson.
International Friendship, Inc. (IFI)
International Friendship seeks to extend life-changing hospitality and friendship to international students out of reverence for Jesus. In addition, UALC specifically supports Rich Mendola (executive director) and Jason Pinschenat (national mobilization director). Find lots more information here. Contact International Friendships; columbus.ifipartners.org. UALC Contact: Jerry Cable.
Elementary student and parents (Second grade and up)
Hear and learn how Jesus comes to us and gives us himself through communion and baptism. At the end of this class, kids have an opportunity to be baptized if needed, and encouraged to start taking communion regularly with our congregation.
A parent only class goes over the foundations of the sacrament, followed by a parent and child class. Younger and older children will rotate through course materials in small groups based on their age and grade.
Questions? Contact: Melissa Davis
Lutheran Church of South Sudan (LCSS)
The Lutheran Church of South Sudan is currently living as refugees in several neighboring countries, with its headquarters in Gambela, Ethiopia. We support their seminary, nursing school, and women's programs.
Current ways to engage:
Financial support by giving to UALC Mission Fund, ualc.org/give.
Short-term medical mission team
We are looking for medical professionals of all types for the next trip including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants, and others. No specific trip dates have been selected for a mission trip. The earliest will be January 2022. Contact: Donna Locher
Anyone struggling with life issues such as alcoholism, overeating, codependency, sexual brokenness, or financial problems can find help here. Celebrate Recovery is a Christian, 12-step program dealing with all sorts of hurts, habits and hang-ups. Meets Thursdays, 7:00-8:30 pm at Mill Run. Ask more information through our confidential email: Celebrate Recovery.
Clothes Closet & Such
Supplying gently used clothing, shoes, and kitchenwares to those in need in the Greater Columbus area and Ohio. Donations can be dropped off at both campuses, in the Ministry Exchange Center (Lytham Road), and on the loading dock (Mill Run). Click here to learn more about the ministry and donations requested.
We welcome volunteers to help organize donations. We meet Wednesdays, 9:00 am in basement of Mill Run. Questions? Contact Michelle Neeley.
Nursery - Worship Information
Jesus said, “Let the children come to me.” We value intergenerational worship at UALC! God also put the wiggle in children, so don’t feel like you have to suppress them in worship. Feel free to bring a bag of fun to keep hands busy, while your kids take in way more than we give them credit for as they worship with you. The nursery (for ages 3 months - 3 years) is available at both campuses during the 9:00 and 11:00 am services. You can also stream services at home at ualc.org/worship. Questions? Contact UALC Nursery
High School (HSM) Sunday Night
Join other teens in a discipling community, where we check in on each other, study the Bible, pray, and serve others together. Meets on Sunday, 4:00-6:00 pm, at the Mill Run Campus. For information and to get plugged in, contact Steve Almquist.
UALC Preschool and Kindergarten
SE Ohio / HARP Mission Trip
Join a team to travel to rural southeast Ohio and help people in the community with light construction projects, prayer & care, bed building, or other projects. UALC organizes trips throughout the year.
Confirmation (9th-12th Graders)
9th-12th graders and parents (1st session with parents)
UALC celebrates this important season where students begin the adult life of following Jesus. Delve deeper into the foundations of the Christian faith and learn practical ways to be a daily follower of Jesus. Please attend at least one retreat or camp and one mission trip prior to Confirmation. Contact: Steve Almquist
Women of the Word (WOW)
Meet, pray, and discuss with other women as you grow in your understanding of the Christian faith. For women age 18 and older. Friends, neighbors and co-workers are invited. Studies are offered throughout the year.
The 7-week fall study is "The Gospel on the Ground: The Grit and Glory of the Early Church in Acts" by Kristi McLelland. Offered the following times beginning the week of Sept. 3 at the Mill Run Campus:
Wednesdays, 6:45-8:45 pm
Thursdays, 9:15-11:15 am (childcare available upon request)
Thursdays, 12:30-2:30 pm
Saturdays, 9:15-11:00 am
Participants should purchase the book from an online vendor. Register here.
Contact: Cara Crippen
Congregational Meetings are held at least two times per year. Meetings include presentations of financial reports, voting on nominees to Church Council and Nominating Committee, and updates from the senior pastor and leaders.
Go to ualc.org/council for more information.
For children in grades 3-6. We sing, enjoy high-energy games, look in the Bible, enjoy a winter late-night retreat and a spring musical event. We sing in Sunday and holiday church services. Meets on Wednesdays during the school year, Aug. 30, 2023 - May 1, 2024, at the Mill Run Campus, from 4:00-5:30 pm. Cost is $30 per family. New children are always welcome! Register here.
Contact: Laura Natalie and Dulcy Delcamp. Email Carol Choir.
Middle School (MSM) Mission Experiences
Throughout the year, we have multiple service opportunities. We go on a local mission trip serving throughout Columbus in the summer. We also do a two-day poverty-focused mission experience called the Micro Mission in the spring, as well as other one-off service experiences throughout the school year. Contact Kelsey Bacon
UALC Community Garden
The Community Garden at Mill Run supplies 15,000 lbs of fresh produce for individuals and families in Hilliard and surrounding areas. For vegetables, or to help in the garden (full families welcome), contact our garden stewards with any questions. Come on out on Saturday mornings, we have all the tools you'll need, (early spring-late fall). Contact: Todd Marti, or Irma Chon
If you're a member, you are welcome to contact the UALC office to discuss scheduling your wedding service and reception at our Lytham Road or Mill Run Campus. For more information, contact Nichole Bellair
Calling all bakers! Kairos needs chocolate chip cookies for Kairos Prison Ministry Weekends.
Bake and pack two dozen, homemade, chocolate chip cookies per one-gallon ziplock bag. Pray over them and place 24 cookies in each bag (no bags with zipper tabs). Mark them with "Kairos" and bring to the Mill Run freezer on the loading dock.
Volunteer - Middle School Ministry (MSM)
We are looking for individuals of any age who love Jesus and desire to love and serve middle schoolers. As a volunteer, you can serve as a small group leader, helping to facilitate the events of MSM and discipling students in a small group, or on the hospitality team, which helps with set up, tear down, check-in, and food. Volunteers serve on Sundays throughout the school year, meet regularly with their fellow leaders to grow together, and have the opportunity to join and lead students on mission trips, retreats, camp, and other special events. Most weeks this is a 3-4 hour commitment (the majority of which will take place on Sunday). If you have any questions about being an MSM Volunteer Leader, contact Kelsey Bacon.
Volunteer - High School Ministry (HSM)
We are looking for individuals who love the Lord and enjoy serving, befriending, and discipling young people. Our volunteer leaders are a valued part of a community that is committed to discipling our high schoolers. Volunteers serve as small group facilitators each Sunday throughout the school year, they pray with and for our students regularly, and have the opportunity to join and lead students on mission trips, retreats, and other special events. Most weeks this is a 3-4 hour commitment (the majority of which will take place on Sunday). If you have any questions about being an HSM Volunteer Leader, contact Steve Almquist.
The nursery is seeking Jesus-loving, caring, nurturing staff who love babies and toddlers. Each Sunday and during the week, we offer nursery care at both Lytham Road and Mill Run. We are in need of more workers to provide for the needs of parents who would like to participate in a worship service and weekday ministry program. Your commitment is flexible whether one day, or more per month. This is a paid position. To apply to serve, contact Nursery Coordinator for an application and information.
Volunteer - Kids' Church
We are looking for adults who love Jesus and love kids. Volunteering consists of serving as small group leaders each Sunday morning throughout the school year. Depending on the age group you volunteer in, your Sunday morning commitment looks a little different. For Preschool leaders you lead a group for the entire worship hour with teaching a Bible story, playing, singing, and leading activities. Kindergarten- 5th grade have Kids’ Church small groups for about 20 minutes during the worship service. Leaders teach the Bible lesson, connect with kids by praying and playing a game each week. All curriculum is provided, and all activities are prepped for you, ready for you to use each Sunday morning. Most weeks this is a two-hour commitment (the majority of which will take place on Sunday). If you have any questions about Kids’ Ministry, contact Melissa Davis.
Women's Bootcamp: Join other women and take an opportunity to be refreshed and renewed as the Lord speaks to your heart. This weekend's focus is based on the book "Captivating" by Stasi Eldredge. You'll explore key questions about who God intends you to be and the spiritual battle for your heart. The weekend is in the Hocking Hills about an hour from Columbus. Cost is $300 and includes lodging, meals, and resources.
Fall weekend is November 16-19, 2023 in the Hocking Hills. Register here.
Contact: Stacy Schad or Amy Adams
UALC has a library at each campus filled with engaging, faith-based resources! Convenient self-checkout system and an online catalog! Bibles, Books, DVDs, and audio resources for all ages.
How Do I Check Out an Item?
We use a self-checkout procedure — directions are posted on the desks. Please return items promptly so we can continue to circulate the excellent resources that God has provided. If you need to keep materials longer, please let us know. Locked DVD display cases are located near the receptionist's desk and may be accessed when a receptionist is on duty.
• Books and music circulate for one month.
• DVDs should be returned next Sunday.
• Return items to either building.
Need Help? Contact UALC library
MOPS (Mothers Of Preschoolers)
Provides social, physical, spiritual connection and creative opportunities for moms with young children—birth through kindergarten, and expecting moms. We meet during the school year, on the first and third Tuesdays of the month, from 9:00-11:00 am at the Mill Run Campus, Sept. 19, 2023 through May 14, 2024. Enjoy guest speakers, sisterhood, and meaningful conversation. Cost includes childcare.
Contact: Breanne Boeke and Lisa Laveen-Winkle, email MOPS.
Men's Bootcamp Weekend
John Eldredge, author of "Wild at Heart," will help us explore key questions about who we are as men, who God intends us to be and the spiritual battles that surround us. It’s a time of peace and introspection, healing and restoration, laughter and camaraderie, and a charge to become the warrior and lover you were meant to be. Watch a Wild at Heart trailer video about the material.
Bring your fishing gear for the stocked pond, your hiking boots for the trails or swimsuit for the hot tub. But most importantly, get ready to experience God and brotherhood like you never have before. Cost: $295. Watch a UALC video about the weekend.
"GRANDS" Small Group
A group of grandparents meeting to study God's Word and encourage one another as we strive to help our grandchildren follow Jesus. This group meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month, 9:30-11:00 am at Lytham Road. All grandparents and step-grandparents are welcome. Contact: Christine Thompson.
7 Day Bible Art Challenge
All artists are invited to participate in the UALC 7 Day Bible Art Challenge competition. Youth and adult artists have one week to create an artwork based on a passage from the Bible. Artwork is juried and cash prizes are awarded.
Registration deadline is February. 11, 2024.
Competition begins February 14 and ends February 21, 2024.
Mission and Seminarian Financial Support
UALC provides financial support for seminarians and the mission work of both individuals and agencies. Our Missions Committees are responsible for the screening process that qualifies this funding. Please click here for additional information.
Kids' Camp (Summer)
Kids’ Camp is for kids finishing grades 2-5 for five-days and four-nights at Woodland Lakes Camp in Amelia, Ohio. UALC members, non-members and friends welcome. Come hear and sing about Jesus, as we make new friends swim, traverse a climbing wall, zipline and more!
UALC Ministry Teams
Because we believe that everyone has gifts from God for ministry, various ministry teams are formed to carry out community outreach through youth and adults. To learn about serving on a ministry team, contact Jonathan Nasby.
Middle School Summer Camp
Middle School Camp is for students finishing grades 6-8. We go to Woodland Lakes Christian Camp in Amelia, Ohio for a week of outdoor adventures, awesome teaching and worship, and hanging with friends. UALC members, non-members and friends welcome.
Family Camp at Cedar Bay
Located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, just 45 minutes from the Mackinac Bridge. This 30-year UALC tradition gathers more than 100 members and their friends. Accommodations include camping to lodges ranging from single-family units to ten-bedroom lodges. With 500 acres and six miles of beautiful Lake Huron shoreline, Cedar Bay provides lots of recreation including sailing, swimming, hiking and fun for all ages. Each day has opportunities for growth and refreshment as we grow together in Christ. The camp is located in Cedarville, find the map here.
Cost dependent on lodging choice. Find details here.
Kairos Prison Ministry
The mission of the Kairos Prison Ministry is to share the transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ to impact the hearts and lives of incarcerated men, women and youth, as well as their families,to become loving and productive citizens of their communities. www.kairosohio.org. Contact: Jim Daily
Men To Men (M2M)
M2M (Men to Men) helps UALC’s men fulfill their call from God to lead in their homes, church, and community. Weekly Bible studies in neighborhood groups, special training events and outreach.
Contact: Carl D'Onofrio
Lower Lights Christian Health Center (LLCHC)
Unreached People Group Training
This ministry reaches out to areas and people groups that have little if any possibility of hearing the Gospel. UALC supports leaders who train local believers to spread the Good News to unreached people groups. Contact Dave Mann.
Cru - Jacob & Elizabeth Wershing
Reaching university students in the name of Jesus at Central Michigan and Saginaw Valley State to win them to Christ, build them in their relationship and community, and send them into the world as His laborers. Contact Jacob Wershing.
Pregnancy Decision Health Center (PDHC)
PDHC seeks to empower individuals to make healthy life choices consistent with the God-given intrinsic value of every human life. Contact: Erin , Community Outreach Coordinator, 614-888-8774; Pregnancy Hotline 614-444-4411; www.pdhc.org. UALC Contact: Susie Gaskill.
The UALC community is invited to attend the PDHC Gala dinner with Susie Gaskill on Gala dinner on Sept. 21, 2023 at Villa Milano restaurant. Contact: Susie Gaskill for details.
Helping Hands Health & Wellness Center
The mission of the Helping Hands Health and Wellness Center is to be the caring hands of Jesus to provide medical care, health education, counseling and social services to those with needs. Helping Hands Health and Wellness Center is a community, faith based, free medical clinic that serves uninsured and underinsured adults whose income is at or below 400% of the federal poverty guidelines. 614-262-5094. Located at: 5100 Karl Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229.
Young Lives Clark County - Mandy (Crosser) Marous
Young Lives seeks to impact teen moms, and thereby shape generations with the love of Christ.
Lutheran World Relief (LWR)
Founded by Lutherans in the United States at the end of World War II, grounded in Lutheran theology and building on decades of experience, Lutheran World Relief tackles global poverty by helping people adapt to the challenges that threaten their livelihoods and well-being. “At Lutheran World Relief, we envision a future where all people, in every corner of the world can live full, dignified lives.” Web: www.lwr.og Contact: Pastor Dave Mann.
North African Outreach
UALC supports a local Christian congregation that reaches ex-patriates living in the area. As North Africa is a stepping stone to Europe for African college students, many people from sub-Saharan Africa attending local universities have an opportunity to hear the Gospel. Contact Dave Mann.
Lutheran Social Services (LSS) Food Pantries
Athletes in Action – Rick & Karen Rogers
The Rogers are involved in the administration and discipling ministry of Athletes In Action, who dream of a day when there are Christ-followers on every team, in every sport, in every nation. Find information here.
Lutheran Bible Translators (LBT) – Nathan and Sarah Esala
The Esalas have completed the translation of the New Testament in Konkomba, a language of northern Ghana. Nathan has recently received his Ph.D. in linguistics. Sarah now serves as a regional director for numerous translation projects in several countries.
Telling people about Jesus through associating together for service, sharing personal testimony, and by providing Bibles and New Testaments. While we are often recognized for our work with hotels, we also place and distribute Scriptures in strategic locations so they are available to those who want them, as well as to those who may not know they need them. Follow the Gideons Intl. Blog here.
Contact: Jim Harrass
The mission of The Refuge is to change the lives of men and women affected by addiction through Christ. Our goal is to take men and women from active addiction to becoming responsible men and women of God, who go on to serve as lights to their families and communities. Contact: Rebekah Linton, Outreach Director, www.mensliveschanged.org.
Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ. The organization serves the Church worldwide to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Web: https://samaritanspurse.org/ Contact: Pr. Dave Mann.
UALC Tae Kwon Do Jrs
An introductory martial arts class of basic kicks and punches for kids ages 5-7. Includes games, Bible stories, large motor exercises and repetition with emphasis on first-time obedience, perseverance and self-improvement.
Meets at The Refinery Church, 3915 Dublin Rd, Columbus, OH from 6:00-6:45 pm on Monday and Wednesday (beginning Sept. 11), during the school year. Cost is $25 per month and can be paid online. Register here.
Questions? Contact Angie Edmonds
Friendship Bible Class
This class is for individuals who are differently-abled. There are opportunities for fellowship, worship, and Bible study.
Class meets first and third Wednesdays of the month, 6:30-8:00 pm, at the Mill Run Campus, October 4, 2023–May 15, 2024. Participants are encouraged to bring a provider or caregiver. Register here.
Contact: Tonya Riedel, In HIS Image Director
United World Missions (UWM) - Callie (Wulf) Fulton
Young Life is a mission devoted to introducing adolescents to Jesus Christ and helping them grow in their faith. In addition, UALC supports the ministry of Olivia (Horner) Parsons in Pittsburgh and the work of YL in the city of Columbus.
UALC Tae Kwon Do
Develop self-defense skills and enjoy regular exercise within a Christian environment. Meets Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:00 pm at The Refinery Church, 3915 Dublin Rd, Columbus; Saturdays, 10:00 am at our Mill Run Campus.
For students and adults eight years and older. All are welcome. Cost is $25 per month and can be paid online. In addition, there is a testing fee of $25 per test which is paid at the time of testing.
Soup-er Bowl Sunday - Lutheran Social Services (LSS)
What does offering have to do with the Super Bowl? We typically collect soup donations in February for the "soup-er bowl"... 20% of your offering supports mission partners locally and around the world. As a congregation, we contribute money from the UALC mission fund to support the efforts of Lutheran Social Services. They have the ability to greatly increase the buying power of this financial donation and purchase more food. This is just one small example of how your offering multiplies to support critical work in our community and around the world. Non-perishable donations are collected in the wooden bins at both campuses.