The Congregation at Duke University Chapel


Wee Praise

children with hoops

parents and children

Infants and children through age four and one half, 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 0011 in the Westbrook Building, lowest level of the Divinity School. This class meets on most Sundays of the year. For more pictures of Wee Praise watch this short video.

Godly Play

child playng

child sorting

On Sunday mornings at 9:45 a.m. a Godly Play class is held in Room 0054 of the Langford Building, lowest level of the Divinity School. Children ages 4 1/2 through 5th graders are invited to take part in this creative and imaginative approach to Christian nurture. Children 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 on most Sundays of the year.. This short video depicts Godly Play.

Duke University 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 staffed with dedicated caregivers.  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 their name.


Children's Fellowship


Children are included in all-church events such as Fellowship events and picnics. In the spring, an Easter egg hunt, including hearing the story of Holy Week, is a favorite of the children. 


Children in Service

At special times during the year, the children of the Congregation take part in Duke Chapel worship services by participating in processionals and in the Children's Christmas Eve Service.

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), and making sandwiches for Meals On Wheels are child-friendly and enjoyed by families..

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