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 Christ. Jesus 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 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 here.

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

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. Finally, you can see past services and highlights over the internet by scrolling down. See you in church.

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

May 24, 2015 Bulletin: Pentecost Sunday/Memorial Day Sunday


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

Central Newsletters and Announcements

Click links below to see:

May 2015 Central Journal

News of the Parish May 24, 2015

News of the Parish May 17, 2015

2015 Graduates



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.

Clips from the Past Weeks

May 17, 2015 A Service of Death and Resurrection in Celebration of the life of Wesley T. Yard: Eulogy “Wesley Yard, the Swan”

The beautiful statue of Jesus in memory of Sam Adcock, given by family and friends, has been moved to a new location.

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May 10, 2015 Service Voluntary “Ask Ye What Great Thing I Know” arranged by Anne Krentz and performed by Caryn Welter, organist.

May 10, 2015 Service Opening Hymn “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty” – The United Methodist Hymnal‎ #139. Sung by all.

Sermon “Keys to the House” during May 10, 2015 Service by Rev. Linda Farmer-Lewis

“To God Be the Glory” – United Methodist Hymnal Number 098. Sung by all.

Sacrament of Holy Communion by Rev. Linda Farmer-Lewis.

Past Sermons, Services and Music

May 10, 2015 Full Service for Sixth Sunday in Easter/Mother’s Day/Festival of the Christian Home

May 10, 2015 Bulletin: Sixth Sunday in Easter/Mother’s Day/Festival of the Christian Home

May 3, 2015 Full Service for Fifth Sunday in Easter

May 3, 2015 Bulletin: Fifth Sunday of Easter

April 26, 2015 Full Service for Fourth Sunday in Easter/Good Shepherd Sunday

April 26, 2015 Bulletin: Fourth Sunday in Easter/Good Shepherd Sunday

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Examples of the beautiful sounds heard during service:

Third Sunday of Easter Service Anthem: “Great and Glorious” by Franz Joseph Haydn and performed by Chancel Choir

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

Examples of the children’s message during Ministry with Children during the service that often times help the adults to understand.

“Shepherds Staff/Crosier”

“Reflecting on Shining Faces”

More Past Service, Sermon and Musical Videos

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