Children and Youth often search for a spiritual identity all their own. At Middle Collegiate Church, we create a safe space where they can question, express, and explore their concerns about identity, responsibility, friendship, peer pressure, and how God fits into their lives.

Our classes use Biblical narratives and faith-based stories to teach values such as kindness, love, service, self-control, caring for others, community, ecological awareness, acceptance, excellence, responsibility, and integrity. We encourage discussions on topics ranging from prayer, worship, morality, ethics, and faith to peer pressure, discrimination, bullying, schoolwork, parents, and loneliness. We use the arts extensively to enhance how children and youth learn.

Youth in the Middle 2018-2019
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Wee Care (Infant to Age 4)
Sundays 9:15 am – 1:15 pm, 3rd Floor Nursery
Caregivers provide a safe space for the youngest members of our congregation to begin learning about the  Bible through stories, crafts, and activities.

KIDS in the Middle (Grades K – 5)
Sundays 10:35 am – 11:40 am, 3rd Floor Studio
Elementary students and their instructors explore the Bible through interactive lessons, creative games, and art projects to learn about faith and justice. Families are invited to worship together at either 9:30am or 11:45am. Parents/guardians must pick up their child(ren) promptly at 11:40am.

YOUTH in the Middle (Grades 6 – 12)
2nd and 4th Sundays, 10:35 am – 11:40 am, 3rd Floor Youth Room
Middle and high school students engage in honest conversations, service-learning projects, and creative responses to connect faith and justice. Visit for info on additional events throughout the year! The group meets on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month in the 3rd Floor Youth Room (accessed via the stairwell from the Social Hall).

To learn more about any of these programs for your children, or for a chance to volunteer with these groups, please contact Marte Samuelstuen at or 212-477-0666 x 321.

Village Chorus for Children and Youth

Sundays, 1:00 – 2:15 pm, Community Room

Our Village Chorus brings together young people from all walks of life and unites them in a musical message of hope, peace, love, and radical welcome. The chorus explores repertoire from many cultures as they learn the basic elements of vocal production—breath technique, tone, posture—ensuring success for every participant. Children and youth experience fun as they learn and create amazing moments of soul-satisfying music. All participants must be able to read and have a strong interest in singing. For more information on the Chorus, including how to join, click here.

Wee Care (Infant to Age 4)
Sundays 9:15 am – 1:15 pm, 3rd Floor Nursery
Registration help: Assist caregivers by running the registration table for new children, ages birth–4 years old.

KIDS in the Middle (Grades K - 5) 
Sundays 10:35 am – 11:40 am, 3rd Floor Studio
Assistant teachers: Support lead instructors with teaching Bible stories and conducting activities for children, grades K-6.

YOUTH in the Middle (Grades 6 - 12) 
2nd and 4th Sundays, 10:35 am – 11:40 am, 3rd Floor Youth Room
Assistant facilitators: Help lead conversation and enjoy breakfast with our teens, grades 6 -12. There will also be opportunities to volunteer for retreats and special events with teens throughout the year.

*All volunteers for the Children & Youth ministry must complete a customary background check.