Our vision: To be the head, heart and hands of Jesus Christ, driven by God’s love for our church and the world beyond.

Worship with us 10:00 a.m. Sundays
7001 Far Hills Ave. Centerville, OH

At Southminster, Christian Formation is to educate members of all ages about the essential tenets of the reformed Faith, nurture relationships with God and community, and equip people to become disciples of Jesus Christ who love and serve their neighbors

Southminster is a nurturing community for all ages, including children and families, who learn, play, and worship together each week! We would love to have your children join us for any of our activities.

Nursery care (newborn-3 years old)

On Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., child care for infants and toddlers is available. Children who come to Southminster will have a great time playing in our nursery or hearing a story from one of our volunteers.

Pen Pals

Do you want to be a part of our Children’s Pen Pal Ministry? The hope is for children to write and draw pictures of each other and keep in touch through the mail. To join, please fill out the form below and we’ll be in contact with another child for them to receive notes and drawings from each other. Also, you can indicate if you’d like to receive a card from one of the adults in the church as well.

Children’s Sunday Morning

During the summer, children are invited to come to worship with their families in the sanctuary. After the children’s minute, children are dismissed to go that morning’s activity. Here are these children’s activities:

Children and Worship/Godly Play:

During the school year, Children and Worship is a Sunday worship experience for children age 4 through 2nd grade. After the Children’s Minute, children will be shepherded to the Children and Worship Room where they will be greeted and invited to come into the worship space. Children will hear a biblical story from a Godly Play-trained teacher. The Godly Play approach helps our children to explore their faith through story, to gain religious language, and to enhance their spiritual experience through wonder and play. Each session ends with time for prayer and blessing. Parents should pick up their children immediately after the worship session.

Children and Worship/Whirl

After the Children’s Minute, children go straight to Sunday School which ends at 11:00 a.m. A small snack will be provided. During this time, 3rd Grade – 5th Grade are invited to join our trained teachers in the Coffee Corner. We use the Whirl Curriculum and it follows the lectionary so parents hear the same scripture as their children do in Sunday school class, so they can talk about the bible story during the week.

Parents’ Night Out

This is an opportunity for parents to get a free evening out on a regular basis while the children have a fun evening at Southminster. Parents’ Night Out is once a month from 6:30 – 9:00 pm. Children can bring their own sack dinner or fast food. The littlest ones will hang out in the nursery while the older kids (usually 3 years and up) play in the CFC. Available 3rd Friday of the month Sept-May.

Mom 2 Mom temporarily meeting virtually due to COVID-19

Mom to Mom is a time of fellowship for Moms to discuss the joys and struggles of parenting and raising children within the Christian faith. Childcare is provided in the Nursery. Mom to Mom meets from 9:00 – 11:00 am, on the 2nd and 4th Fridays September – May.

Pastoral Care

Pastoral care for children is offered by our pastors and Children’s director. We seek to be a congregation that cares for all ages. If we can support your children and family during times of stress or other difficulties, please talk to one of our staff.

Questions? If you need more information or have questions, please contact Josh Sweeney, Director of Children’s Ministries josh@sminster.com. You can also follow Southminster Presbyterian Church on Facebook for pictures and updates of children’s activities.

Southminster also is host to A Great Start Preschool. Please visit their web site for additional information.

Raising and Burying Alleluias

Raising and Burying Alleluias is Saturday, February 20, 2021 from 10:30-12:00 at Southminster Presbyterian Church. Please take a moment to fill out the form to let us know if you’re coming or if you’d like to participate at home. What is burying and raising alleluias? During Lent, we do not say “Alleluia” during worship services as part of “giving something up” and…