Congregation at Duke Chapel


Wee Praise

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Infants and children through age three, along with their parents or caregivers, make a joyful noise to the Lord every Sunday morning. Using Musikgarten's God's Children Sing curriculum, our youngest children sing, play simple instruments, dance, pray, explore, discover, and learn.  Adults and children become acquainted with one another as they explore music and speak of God's love in a relaxed environment. Parents have often told stories of their children singing Wee Praise songs at home! Come sing and move on Sunday mornings at 9:45 a.m. in room 0014 in Westbrook Building, lowest level of the Divinity School. This class meets on most Sundays of the year.

Godly Play

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Preschoolers age four through elementary age children gather together in an intentionally multi-age classroom for Godly Play on Sunday mornings at 9:45 a.m. in Room 0050 in Langford Building, lowest level of the Divinity School. A creative and imaginative approach to Christian nurture, children ages 4 through 5th graders are invited into stories to learn the Christian language, become more fully aware of the mystery of God's presence, and make meaning in their lives. This class meets during the academic year.

Summer Sundays

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Preschoolers age four through elementary age children participate in Lift Ev'ry Voice!, an hour-long Sunday morning music program introducing the splendor and beauty of hymns sung at Duke Chapel to children ages four through fifth graders. Each Sunday a new hymn and gospel song will be sung, paired with an interactive Bible story incorporating puppets and felt board. Each lesson is based in the scripture, and employs Kodaly, Orff and Dalcroze methods of music education. Your child will be encouraged to explore his or her musicality by means of listening, phonemic awareness, singing, playing barred accompaniment and rhythm instruments, and through movement games and dance.

Duke Chapel Nursery

During Sunday morning worship, the Nursery is open for children ages infant through age four starting at 10:45 a.m. The nursery is located in the kitchen area of the lower level of the Chapel and is consistently staffed with dedicated caregivers. Pagers are available for parents to keep with them during worship. Parents who need a place to feed or change infants are also welcomed to visit the Nursery. Please make sure all bags, bottles, and other belongings your child may bring to the Nursery are labeled with his/her name.


Children's Fellowship


Seasonal fellowship events are planned for children and their families. A visit to a local farm for a hayride and to feed farm animals is a favorite fall fellowship event. In the spring, an Easter egg hunt and the retelling of the story of Jesus brings delight (and chocolate) to children. Children are also included in all-church events such as fellowship meals and picnics.


Children's Service

At special times during the year, the children of the Congregation take part in Duke Chapel worship services by baking bread for communion, taking part in processionals, participating in the Children's Christmas Eve Service, and providing special music and readings.

In addition, children participate in mission events such as Durham's annual CROP Walk and some of the Saturday Service Projects planned by the Mission and Outreach Committee. For instance, gleaning, gathering food leftover after a harvest, is a child-friendly and important service project.

For further information regarding any aspect of children's ministry, please contact Phyllis Snyder, Children's Pastor at