Worship service is held at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday morning.

Central Chancel Choir

Central United Methodist Church has drawn the faithful to downtown Lansing for 170 years . We are diverse in economic status, racial mixture, sexual orientation, religious viewpoints, and political thought. Central is a safe place for all to express their viewpoints within Christian love and respect for each other. To read about the history of the church, click here.

We reach out in church, on the AM radio (1240 WJIM, wjimam.com), on TV, and on the internet (see recorded services below).

Coffee time offers warm hospitality immediately following worship.

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. A map to our location is available by clicking on the “Contact Us” button above.


Community Friendship Service
Community, Friendship & Service reflect our mission.

We share the mission of the United Methodist Church worldwide: “To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” For us, that means following Christ.
Jesus was born, crucified, and has risen for us—that we might be builders of God’s vision for the world. That vision 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 vision includes a future and relationship 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. Come and add your voice to a place where love grows.

“Love Grows Here” by Don Besig sung by Chancel Choir, click below.

To see the current church bulletin, click the link below:

November 22, 2015 Bulletin: Christ the King Sunday / Thanksgiving Sunday. Sermon “What if God Showed Us the Last Chapter First?” by Keeley Davenport, Wesley Foundation member and guest preacher. Radio broadcast was given honoring Rob
Forgrave’s years with the Radio Ministry, on this, his birthday, by Rock and Joan Forgrave Brandstadt.


Celebrating 125 Years (in this Church building), click below.

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Central Newsletters and Announcements

Click links below to see:

November 2015 Central Journal

News of the Parish November 22, 2015

Christmas Poinsettias Form 2015



This church is a wonderful venue for a wedding filled with love and history that is special. Click the button above for information on 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, radio programs, making the building available for helping people and our community, and more. Send your check to Central United Methodist Church, 215 N. Capitol Avenue, Lansing, MI 48933. If you wish to help the church and ministries and are able to make a commitment for 2016 and have not filled out a pledge card, you can click here, fill it out, and send it to the church. All pledges using this form up until Christmas Day will receive a free music CD from the church’s congregation, choir, singers, organist, and other musicians.

Past Services and more

November 15, 2015 Service

November 15, 2015 Service: 25th Sunday After Pentecost. Sermon “Book of Life; Word of Love” by Rev. Linda Farmer-Lewis. Radio broadcast was given honoring Rob Forgrave’s years with the Radio Ministry, on this his birthday by Rock and Joan Forgrave Brandstadt.

November 8, 2015 Service

24th Sunday After Pentecost. Sermon “What’s on your altar?” by Rev. Linda Farmer-Lewis. Radio broadcast and this rebroadcast is in honor of our two newest family members: great-granddaughter, Willow Skye Cater, born July 26 and granddaughter, Madilynn Violet Prout, born September 6, by Bill and Kathy Prout.

November 1, 2015 Service

All Saints/Consecration Sunday. Homily “Old House” by Rev. Linda Farmer-Lewis. This video and radio broadcast was in memory of the many saints who showed us the way to the divine, generously sponsored by Susan Grettenberger. Click to view.