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.
Kids’ Christmas Party
December 11 | 4:30–6:30 pm | Lytham Road
Dinner, a movie, and time to make parents or grandparents a Christmas present. This is a drop-off event for Pre-K-5th grade. Kids must be registered prior to the event to attend. Limited availability. $5 fee.
For K–5th graders
All of our Modern Worship Services offer Kids’ Church throughout the school year (Lytham Road 11:00 am, Mill Run 9:00 & 11:00 am). Kids’ Church content follows along with the Narrative Lectionary, as do our sermons, allowing for shared family conversations after the service each week.
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.
Find some highlights from our Kids‘ Ministry calendar with important and engaging ministry opportunities.
School Year Ministries
AWANA® Clubs | For children age 3–grade 6
Vacation Bible School
Thanks for making VBS 2022 a big hit!
Our theme this year was “Anchored in Jesus”, which testified directly to the message of hope brought to fruition in the person of Jesus Christ.
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.
As we pursue life with Jesus, we want to be more like Him by living with soft hearts, engaged minds, open hands, and whole spirits. UALC offers a variety of resources to support this growth, including organized Small Groups and ongoing Growth Workshops. Click Here to learn more.
We are commited to meeting the real needs in our community and around the world. We all have daily opportunities to notice God at work and join in. Click Here to learn more about opportunities to serve.
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.
We believe that our neighborhoods, workplaces, and communities are places where we have opportunity to join Jesus where He is at work in the lives of others, serving them and sharing the hope that is ours in Christ. Find more here.
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.
Covering a wide range of topics, Growth Workshop meet us right where we need to mature and prepare us for what’s next in life. Families, individuals, and sometimes whole small groups participate in workshops from time to time to carve out space for phase-specific growth and faith conversations that may not happen otherwise. Click Here for more information.
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 join 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.
Winter Class 2023: Sundays, January 22–Febbruary 9, from 12:30–2:00 pm at Mill Run. New Member Sunday: February 19, any service at either campus. Register here.
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
Current Volunteer Opportunities
Our UALC ministries and many of our mission partners are in deep need of help, and we are asking for our community to step up and engage in serving. Please click here to look through the list of current opportunities.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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. Learn More.
First Communion (4-5 Grade and Older)
Elementary student and parents
Hear and learn how Jesus comes to us and gives us himself through communion and baptism. At the end of this workshop, kids have an opportunity to be baptized if needed, and encouraged to start taking communion regularly with our congregation. Next class will be November 6, 2:00-5:00 pm at MR. First Communion Service is Nov. 13.
Questions? Contact: Melissa Davis
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.
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 Lytham Road. Ask more information through our confidential email: Celebrate Recovery.
Clothes Closet & Such
Supplying gently used clothing, shoes, and small kitchen items 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 dock (Mill Run).
We welcome volunteers to help organize donations. We meet Wednesdays, 9:00 am in basement of Mill Run. Questions? Contact Michelle Neeley.
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.
Season for Giving
During the holiday season, many UALC ministries and partners are looking for additional help and resources. We call this the "Season for Giving." More info.
Following Jesus with Your Grandkids
A growth workshop for grandparents who desire to nurture grandchildren in their faith development and leave a legacy of faith.
The Lord's Prayer Workshop
6th-8th graders and parents - 4 sessions (online only)
Learn the meaning of the Lord’s Prayer and how to pray. Register for the online workshop here. The online format is especially helpful for students who need to catch up. Fee is $10 per student.
The Ten Commandments Workshop
6th-8th graders and parents | 4 sessions (online only)
Learn the meaning of the Ten Commandments and their value in life today. Register for the online workshop here. The online format is especially helpful for students who need to catch up with UALC workshops. Fee is $10 per student. Contact Kelsey Bacon
Living in a Digital World (3rd grade and older)
Elementary student and parents – 1 session
Our kids use devices and need guidance and wisdom from you, their parent, along with their faith community. You'll walk away with a framework to guide you and your child as they grow. Contact Melissa Davis
Discover Your Spiritual Gifts
As a believer, each person is an important part of the Body of Christ. God has blessed you with specific spiritual gifts to use in serving Him and others. This inspiring, four-session workshop will help you identify those gifts and how they work together with your personal style and passions. Serving God with your gifts can be life-changing and rewarding. Contact Terry Starr
Following Jesus in the Second Half (of Life) Workshop
Explore God's call in this next phase of life as well as opportunities to grow, serve, and impact your world. Discover biblical resources that address the challenges and the opportunities.
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
UALC Preschool and Kindergarten
Confirmation Capstone (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 Capstone. Contact: Dan Kidd
A dedicated space for teens at both campuses, open after each service on Sundays, during the school year. Donuts, games, and hanging out with other teens and youth leaders. Contact Kelsey Bacon.
Can I Ask That? (9th-12th Graders)
From the very beginning, faithful followers of God have embraced our curiosities. The Bible abounds with big, difficult, important questions. Part of being a Christian in a community of Christians is exploring—fearlessly and earnestly—how our faith makes particular claims on every part of our lives: heart, soul, mind, and strength. This course will address the question. and doubts our HSM students express. Contact: Dan Kidd
Women of the Word (WOW)
Meet, pray, and discuss with other women as we study "Isaiah" by Melissa Spoelstra. Over seven weeks, learn to trust in God's character and comfort. Begins the week of January 2. Offered at the following times:
Tuesdays, 6:45 - 8:45 pm - Lytham Road (Begins 1/3)
Thursdays, 9:15 - 11:15 am - Lytham Road (childcare on request, begins 1/5)
Thursdays, 12:30 - 2:30 pm - Mill Run (Begins 1/5)
Saturdays, 9:15 - 11:15 am-Lytham Road (Begins 1/7)
For women 18 and older. Purchase a study guide from your preferred online resource. No fee, but registration is required. Click here for information and to register
Contact: Christie Masheter
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.
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.
Financial Peace University (FPU)
FPU is a nine-week series where you'll learn how to manage your finances and get out of debt. You can prepare for your future; be it family, education, or retirement.
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. 31, 2022 - May 3, 2023, at Lytham Road, from 4:00-5:30 pm (optional game time from 3:30-4:00 pm). Cost is $30 per family. Register here. New children are always welcome!
Contact: Laura Natalie and Dulcy Delcamp. Email Carol Choir.
Alpha is an 8-session workshop for anyone who wants to explore the meaning of life, contemplate Jesus for the first time, or enhance their faith. The video teaching and group discussions present the basic, universal elements of Christianity. The intent of Alpha is to answer the biggest questions of life by pointing people to God through a relationship with Jesus Christ. This life changing experience will better equip you to deal with life in this chaotic world. You may also use the materials in your small group and have a facilitator join your typical schedule. Contact UALC Alpha or David White.
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
Following Jesus in Your Marriage
Marriage is God’s idea. Not only is his image reflected in the relationship between husband and wife, but he supplies all that is necessary to make couples thrive. This three-session workshop is designed to strengthen your most intimate human relationship. Discover biblical principles and foundational tools to improve the health and happiness of your life together. The workshop is open to individuals and small groups.
Finding God in Your Workplace
Learn how your workplace can be a place to follow Jesus' call to love God, others and be part of His mission. Three sessions available for small groups or individuals, led by a facilitator.