Congregation at Duke Chapel


Wee Praise

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parents and children

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. For more pictures of Wee Praise watch this short video.

Godly Play

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On Sunday mornings at 9:45 a.m. the following Godly Play classes are held in the Langford Building, lowest level of the Divinity School: 

  • Godly Play, Room 0054, for ages 4-1st graders
  • Advanced Godly Play, Room 0050, for 2nd-5th graders

Godly Play is a 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 year-round. 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 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 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 [email protected]