Sunday July 15 Kid's Service (No Sunday school)

Tuesday July 31 YPOF trip to Kingdom Bound at Darien Lake 9:30 am to 11:00 pm
Sunday August 5 Outdoor Service
Saturday August 11 6pm Baseball game, hot dog cookout beforehand
Sunday August 19 Kid's Service (No Sunday school)

Wednesday Morning 10am Bible Study on summer Hiatus

New A.C.E. Class starting: September 19 & 26, October 10 & 17,November 7 & 14, meeting from 6:30-7:45pm in the Warm Room @ CPC, Basement level.

Please see Central Park Complex Website for events and happenings newsletter.



Biblical Studies & Personal Development
@ Central Park UMC
216 Beard Ave. Buffalo, NY 14214


Currently collecting from the congregation: adult & teen helpers for CPC events, field trips, and childcare, as well as Clara's Closet shop volunteers.



Central Park Complex/UMC


Learning & Growing, Together.

Here at Central Park United Methodist Church, we believe Christian Education can touch the lives of everyone in the congregation - from young to old. Throughout the year we have book study & lecture series for A.C.E. (Adult Christian Education,) held by our in-house education staff, as well as visiting teachers from within the fold. And our Youth & Children programs are flourishing. Learn more in our CE Newsletter, events lists and below.

CENTRAL PARK UMC is a long-standing entity in the City of Buffalo, in the beautiful Parkside/Central Park neighborhood, boasting a large, multi-space, multi-floor community center of many activities. The architecture is striking and immense, as are the hearts among the teaching & childcare team members.



Adult Christian Education

During the year we offer a variety of Adult Christian Education opportunities that we invite you to participate in, from book studies of popular christian writers such as Adam Hamilton, to special Lenten group study events, to weekly Bible Study. The focus for faith-building Adult Christian Education is Biblical knowledge & understanding; scripture study & application to daily life. We discuss ethical issues we face in our lives: illness, death, cultural pressures, and we promote multi-cultural awareness. For information on current classes and events, please visit see the Christian ED Newsletter and visit


A.C.E. at Central Park includes fellowship of informal discussions with topics relevant to today, building relationships that are valued. For the traditionalists we have structured classes, with faith & life application; and we also have eye-opening series where you can see your teacher as co-learner. Most importantly, we promote social action: although your faith is private; you should view church as a launching place for both outreach & personal transformation.


Central Park Youth Christian ED is multi-faceted and we've celebrated great successes in each age group & grade. Our Confirmation Class has surprised us with excellent projects & gifts, we've expanded childrens studies & special events, including crafts & costume, and we saw many baptisms this year and are happy to offer nursery services as well. Details below.

Children are featured in 1030am Central Park Sunday worship services during the Children's Message, on-stage, directed by a loving staff member, then are released from service to their respective learning rooms, adjacent to main sanctuary.

Parents, please take a moment to download, print & fill out registration/permission forms for your child/children who will be participating in youth groups & Sunday school. Please turn in forms to your child's teacher or Judy Toone.


CONTACT Judy Toone
Director of Christian Education
Cell 716-998-2512

Central Park United Methodist Church
216 Beard Avenue, Buffalo, New York 14214
Office 716 833-3193



Young People of Faith

Young People of Faith (7th - 12th grade) :: This contemporary program is based on Biblical study and living. Each Sunday, teachers will be leading them on a variety of topics using various approaches & curriculum. They'll address not only issues going on in their immediate surroundings (school, home, community) but broader issues as well.

Concepts include: "How do we take our faith and apply it to everyday life?" and "How do we protect ourselves while still being compassionate?"

Join them for some straight talk, & never-boring guidance on personal faith issues. If you need further clarification of the program for young men & women, please contact Joe Steinmetz or Danielle Matthews


Children of Faith

Children of Faith (K - 6th grade) :: Each Sunday the class of Kindergarten - 6th graders heads to their faith formation group, right after the Children's Message during the 1030am Central Park UMC worship service. We incorporate a variety of learning methods to engage children in Bible stories, characters and main themes. We employ musical activities, crafts, videos, and games as part of our curriculum. Snacks included.

This colorful program is engaging and theologically grounded, giving them the tools to explore the Bible in fun & age-appropriate ways. For further questions please contact Dona Bronkie, Marilyn Standard or Judy Toone.


Infants & Toddlers

Infants and Toddlers (Birth - Kindergarten) :: Loving, consistent child care is available for infants & toddlers in the Central Park UMC nursery on floor one of the complex, near the main sanctuary, from 10:15 - 12:30 each Sunday. This allows adults not only relaxed time in worship service, but to enjoy fellowship and coffee following service.

Parents or guardians can drop off their children before the service and pick them up at the conclusion of the service. If you need directions, an usher will be happy to help you. Please print & fill out the Youth Permission form for all young people.


Judy Toone
Program Director


Rev. Mary A. Kelly
CPC Pastor, Program Advisor


Lauren Culligan
CPC Administrator


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