Children, Youth & Family Programs

Children and Youth 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.

At Middle Church, we know that we have a role in raising socially conscious, revolutionary lovers. We use Biblical narratives and other stories to teach values such as kindness, love, service, caring for others, generosity, living in community, and the importance of creating a just world. We use the arts extensively to enhance how children and youth learn, and we embody intersectional, progressive theology in all that we teach our young folks. And, more often than not, they end up teaching us quite a deal, too!

We provide both weekly, biweekly, and quarterly offerings for the entire family! Our offerings are hybrid. 

For questions, please email Elise Tiralli. You can also subscribe to our monthly Families newsletter and join our Facebook group where we post interactive videos and crafts.

Interested in volunteering with our youth programming? Click here. 

Sundays • 10:00 – 10:30 a.m. ET • Zoom

Kids Enrichment

Contact: Elise Tiralli

Grades K through 5th

Children are invited to join our weekly Zoom Bible class with Ms. Alesha that explores the intersections of faith, love, and justice in age-appropriate ways. Young folks are encouraged to ask questions and actively participate in their own learning.

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Middle Youth

Contant: Elise Tiralli

Our cohort engages in education, social events, and service-learning projects that encourage us to examine the world and systems around us, while building connections to relevant topics for our teens. We are working to rebuild our youth program; please reach out with interest.

Sundays • 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET • Zoom

Village Chorus for Children and Youth (VCY)

Ages 5+

The Village Chorus for Children and Youth is part of the Freedom Summer program and meets in person every Sunday from 1pm-2:00pm. We also have a Zoom option available. It is unique in that it welcomes children starting at the age of 5 and goes all the way up to 18 (senior in High School). This set up allows the younger children to learn from the older, and the older children/youth to mentor the younger children. In addition to this inherent learning system, we explore a diverse repertoire from many cultures. Children learn the basic elements of vocal production, sing in various languages, and perform music that is both engaging and transformational. There is no cost to participate but children should have a love for music, and a strong desire to learn.  For questions, please email John Del Cueto.



Raising Revolutionary Children

Contact: Elise Tiralli.

Parents & Caregivers

Conversations and community at the intersection of parenting, faith, and the belief that we can raise a just, liberated, and ethical generation. We provide quarterly opportunities for parents and caregivers to engage staff and each other. We provide quarterly opportunities for parents and guardians to engage staff and each other. We have also started periodic meetups for those with pandemic babies (born ‘20-’23). Reach out to get plugged in, and subscribe to our monthly newsletter for updates.

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Every August

Freedom Summer

Contact: Elise Tiralli.

Inspired by the CDF’s Freedom School, Middle’s Freedom Summer is a free, week-long camp every August for grades K-5 to engage in conversations, workshops, and activities around love, justice, and liberation. For updates on when applications for participants and volunteers will open for 2024, subscribe to Elise Tiralli’s monthly newsletter.

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Every November

Children’s Multicultural Book Fair

Contact: Elise Tiralli.

Middle Church is committed to childhood literacy and showcasing the range of identities, faiths, languages, and lived experiences of our beloved New Yorkers. This beloved annual event features titles for purchase, ranging for Grades 0-8th and features live author readings, raffles, music, and activity stations. We always need volunteers, so reach out to Elise if you’re available to serve OR subscribe to Elise Tiralli’s monthly newsletter for updates! 

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Do you yearn to not just belong, but be celebrated for exactly who you are? Do you want a community of folks committed to radical love and justice? Wherever you live, you can call Middle Church home.


This movement needs you! We need your time and talent, but we also need your resources. Make a contribution today and help us be midwives to love and justice.

December 5, 2020

A six-alarm fire spread from the building next door and destroyed our beautiful sanctuary. And yet, no fire can stop revolutionary love! Learn how we’re rising from the ashes and what you can do to help.

Find Your People!

Middle hosts small groups for everything from beginning ukulele lessons, Queer Black Men in the Middle or our Voting Reform team. And all of them have options to gather virtually! Join the groups that best fit your passion and the love you want to offer the world.

Liberative Learning

How do you change the world? First, you change yourself. Part of how we fulfill our commitment to God’s gospel of liberation is by training leaders with the skills you’ll need to bring freedom wherever you go. Thousands have participated in our digital courses. Will join them?

What We Believe

Middle is on a mission to reclaim and reframe Christianity—to realign our faith with Jesus’ teaching and take it back from the folks who have stolen it. We do this work joyfully, fueled by the Spirit, and strengthened by the community we create with one another.

Celebrate LOVE with Us!

Middle’s worship is a joyful, diverse celebration that gives a taste of what heaven feels like—an experience to soothe your soul and fill you with God’s liberatory fire! Every week is different, but what remains constant is how we tell the story of love through transformative art.

Do Justice

Faith comes alive when our love radiates outwards. At Middle, we’re committed to building an intersectional movement that both addresses the particular needs of different communities and unites us in common solidarity. This is God’s work, and we hope you’ll join us in it.