Covenant Groups are designed to help build deeper friendships within the church and to meet more personal needs for connection and prayer. Hosted by members of our congregation, our Covenant Groups meet monthly in homes or at church and include time for snacks, social time, devotion, and most importantly, sharing what God is doing in our lives. All church members are invited and encouraged to join a covenant group!
Classes are taught for all ages after Worship Service every Sunday. Each quarter we offer different adult Sunday School classes to teach spiritually-sound, culturally-relevant Christian principles. The classes are taught by our pastors, ruling elders, or members carefully selected for teaching adult classes.
Current classes include Coffee Talk, which offers the opportunity to discuss questions brought up by the sermon in an informal setting and a study of the book of Ecclesiastes.
We provide nursery volunteers to welcome children up to age four during the Worship Service. Children’s Worship is offered during part of the service for children ages 4 through kindergarten. For Sunday School, we teach a Reformed Sunday School curriculum that disciples children by rooting them firmly in God’s Word. Classes are provided for pre-K through fifth grade.
Our JOY Club is designed for children ages 3 through fifth grade to study God’s Word and engage in fun activities together on Wednesday evenings. JOY Choir is also offered for children who love to sing and make music!
CGPC hosts an annual Vacation Bible School, which is a weeklong event for children around the community to engage with God’s Word in an exciting and interactive way!
CGPC has an active youth program that meets regularly for Sunday School, Wednesday night fellowships, youth nights, service projects and special events like game nights, concerts and laser tag.
The Women’s Ministry offers opportunities for the women of the church to connect with each other and to serve the church. They host an ongoing Bible study that rotates through different study books and meet once a week to discuss what they are learning. A book club meets monthly to discuss popular books. They also host special events such as craft workshops, a ladies’ tea, bridal and baby showers, and more! The women are also instrumental in planning church gatherings such as the annual Thanksgiving dinner, church picnics, graduation parties, pastor appreciation, and more!
Music is an important part of worshiping the Lord at Center Grove. We sing both traditional and modern hymns, psalms and worship music using a variety of instrumental accompaniment. Our church provides many opportunities for people of all ages and musical interests to share their musical gifts. The instrumental ensemble includes a wide variety of instruments to accompany singing each week. The vocal choirs and ensembles help lead singing or provide special music. There is a place for each person who desires to serve in our music ministry.
Center Grove is committed to spreading the good news of the Gospel as commanded by our Lord in the Great Commission. We live this command out through a variety of ministries and outreach events.
A mission trip is scheduled annually as a way for CGPC to serve our local community. In 2020 and 2021, CGPC ministered to a neighborhood in Edwardsville by helping residents with home improvements and hosting a VBS and block party. Center Grove also coordinates an Annual Missions Conference to learn more about the importance of missions and hear about missionary work.
Faith Promise giving is a biblical way to encourage God’s people to an ongoing involvement in world missions. Center Grove’s mission budget is funded entirely through Faith Promise giving, which is an amount above and beyond the tithe. To pledge a donation to support CGPC missionaries, please click here and submit this form: centergrovepres.breezechms.com/form/d84a02
The missionary families/organizations we support through Faith Promise are:
- Ray & Michelle Call- Mission to the World, Belize
- Kurt & Jill – Mission to the World, Europe
- Coby & Pamela McGinty – Mission to the World, University of Cape Town, South Africa
- Nate & Erin Taylor- Mission to the World, Scotland
- Christians Teaching Christians
- Campus Outreach St. Louis
- Mosaic Pregnancy and Health Centers
- The TentMaker Project– Uganda
- Gary & Phyllis Waldecker – Third Millennium Ministries
While the Great Commission speaks of making disciples of all nations, we do not have to go overseas to reach out to others in the name of Christ. Outreach is needed in our own neighborhoods and community! CGPC financially supports the following local organizations:
CGPC seeks to plant a church in O’Fallon, Illinois, 18 miles east of downtown St. Louis. Area ministry research indicates a decreasing number of people identifying as religious or Christian in the area. There is a need and opportunity for a reformed church to
shepherd and equip God’s people to share the good news of Christ. O’Fallon is a growing community, with a municipal focus on community involvement, service and growth; welcoming efforts to establish new churches. Many families move to and from Scott AFB each year, where there are no protestant services at the base chapel. Center Grove PCA been praying about this since 2021 and a committee has been working to prepare for a church planter since January 2022. Email to contact the church plant committee for more details.