For 170 years historic Central United Methodist Church has drawn the faithful to downtown Lansing. We are cheerful, positive, active, and welcoming Christians serving Christ in our daily work, joys, troubles, and gather on Sunday to learn, reflect, rest, and renew as disciples, followers of Jesus. We reach out in church, on the radio, on TV, and on the internet (see services below).

To be with us in church, there is ample parking on the street (with handicap spaces reserved), in lots on the north and west side of the church (across from the capitol) and in the state ramp around the corner west of the church.

Coffee time offers warm hospitality immediately following worship.


Founded in 1845, this congregation has served the heart of Lansing for generations with devoted worship, prophetic preaching, and passionate service. Our task is the shared mission of the United Methodist Church worldwide: “To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” For us, that means following Jesus. God was born, crucified, and has risen for us—that we might be builders of God’s dream for the world. That dream is a world of peace and reconciliation that Christ can bring. It is a world in Christ where there is sharing of abundance with the poor and a place in Christ where there is dignity for all people. God’s dream for the world includes a future with Christ, who is our hope for the future for the world. In Christ, God’s love is shown. In our life together as his church, God’s love is known. Come, be a part of the heart of Christ in the heart of Lansing and be builders of God’s dream with us.

Services are held at 9:30 a.m. Sunday mornings.

Central Chancel Choir

Central Chancel Choir

Holy Communion is served on the first Sunday of every month. We have an open table and welcome all to communion.

A coffee hour follows the service.

We are located on the corner of N. Capitol Ave. and W. Ottawa St., across from the State Capitol. A map to our location is available by clicking on the “Contact Us” button above.

Central is an accessible building with a drop-off zone at each entrance, and has an elevator by each entrance to access the historic sanctuary.

Street parking immediately adjacent to Central is free on Sunday, as is parking in Central’s 2 lots. Covered parking is available nearby on Sunday in the State of Michigan ramp a short walk from Central at the corner of W. Ionia St. and Seymour Ave.. The covered parking entrance is on Seymour Ave..

Our worship service is broadcasted live on WJIM AM Radio 1240, and can be listened to live over the internet at http://wjimam.com/ (click Listen Live). There also is a delayed telecast on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 4:00 p.m. on channel 16 Comcast Cable. Click here to see:

April 19, 2015 Bulletin: Third Sunday in Easter


Central Newsletters and Announcements

Click links below to see:

April 2015 Central Journal

News of the Parish April 19, 2015

Lynne Davis Poster April 19, 2015

News of the Parish April 12, 2015



Click above button for wedding ceremony opportunities, from small chapel to sanctuary. The Church’s Fellowship Hall is available for wedding receptions.

To Support Central

Please join in supporting Central’s ministries. Send your check to Central United Methodist Church, 215 N. Capitol Avenue, Lansing, MI 48933.

Special Features in the Past Weeks

Kimberly Schafer playing our carillon and practice carillon. For more information, see Kimberly’s blog by clicking here.

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Inverted Rainbow or Circumzenithal Arc or “Smile in the Sky” Shines above Central’s Worship


Palm Sunday Anthem “The Holy City” arranged by Mark Hayes and sung by Andrew Minear, tenor.

Second Sunday in Easter Postlude: “Jesus Lives! The Victory’s Won!” by David Cherwien and performed by Caryn Welter, organist.

Past Sermons, Services and Music

April 12, 2015 Full Service for Second Sunday in Easter

Click here to see April 12, 2015 Bulletin: Second Sunday in Easter

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April 5, 2015 Full Service for Easter Sunday

Click here to see April 5, 2015 Bulletin: Easter Sunday

March 29, 2015 Full Service for Palm Sunday

Click here to see March 29, 2015 Bulletin: Passion/Palm Sunday

Click here to see March 29, 2015 Sermon only

An example of the beautiful sound heard during service: “The Rainbow Connection” by Williams/Ascher and performed by Andrew Lee, tenor.

An example of the children’s message during service that often times help the adults to understand: Reflecting on Shining Faces

More Past Service, Sermon and Musical Videos

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