Children’s Ministries

children sitting on sanctuary chancel gathered around for time with keiki during worship service two young girls hold up paintings of jesus

headshot of Cayanna Herrera Director of Children's MinistriesCayanna Herrera joined the staff at Central Union Church in 2017 in a dual role as Music Teacher for Central Union Church Preschool and Kindergarten and Children’s Ministry director for Central Union Church. Prior to coming to CUC, she worked teaching K-12 general music, choir, and band in a number of school settings. She also served as Music Director and led the choir, handbells, and praise band for a local United Church of Christ congregation. She has experience in a variety of Children’s Ministry settings including summer camps, Vacation Bible Schools, and teaching faith formation classes for children of all ages.

Cayanna Herrera
Director of Children’s Ministries, Central Union Church
Music Teacher, Central Union Church Preschool & Kindergarten

central union church preschool and kindergarten logo green on whiteCentral Union Church Preschool & Kindergarten is an important part of our church! Visit the preschool website:

Children from age 3 through grade 5 are invited to meet for Sunday school during the in-person worship services at 9 AM and 11 AM on Sundays!
Our Sunday School incorporates Godly Play which is a method of faith formation, influenced by the Montessori system of education, that focuses on growing faith through experiential learning. Its mission is: “Making meaning through story, wonder, and play. Nurturing spiritual lives by honoring the centrality, competency, and capacity of children.” Learn more:
What to expect:
Upon arriving for worship, parents/guardians must check in their children at their place of worship using KidCheck. (Please create an account for check-in!) Families will worship together until after the Time with Keiki or opening praise songs, then children will be dismissed from the worship service to attend Sunday School, accompanied by our Children’s Ministry workers. When class is over, parents/guardians may pick up their children from the Sunday School classroom.
If you have any questions, contact:
We look forward to seeing your children on Sunday!
Our Nursery is open once again for children from birth to age 3 during the 9 AM and 11 AM Sunday worship services!
Our Nursery caregivers are Dacy and Darla Amond, sisters who grew up at CUC!
Portrait of Dacy and Darla Amond sisters smiling outdoors

Compassion Camp is our week-long summer day-camp program for keiki. It’s an exciting opportunity to learn more about compassion and how to share God’s love with others!

Activities include Bible Stories, crafts, games, and a community service project. There is a suggested donation of $40.

2023 registration will close on June 15 or once Compassion Camp has reached capacity.

Register online at Confirmations with additional information will be emailed within 7-10 business days of submitting the online registration form.

If you are interested in volunteering at Compassion Camp or sponsoring a keiki, contact our Director of Children’s Ministries,

Children’s Ministry Toddler Playgroup

Parents and caregivers, join us with your keiki on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 AM – 1 PM in our Nursery. This free-play environment offers social opportunities for caregivers and children alike. Grow friendships, play together, come and go as you please!

For more information, contact:
Cayanna Herrera
Director of Children’s Ministries

An evening for both kids and their parents/guardians…

Kid’s Night Out will return! We are excited to play games, do crafts, have dinner, and watch a movie while parents are away! We hope to gather again soon.

Upcoming Children’s Ministry Events:

two children run side by side up to chancel steps where children are gathered for time with keiki in worship service