The Christian life is meant to be shared together, and Central offers an open and inclusive community where all are welcome. Many people comment on the sense of warmth and hospitality they experience here. Our congregation is large enough to offer many different programs and activities, yet still foster an environment where everyone is known and where close, intergenerational relationships can be formed.

Fellowship Time

Every Sunday, worship is followed by a time of sharing food and conversation in the East Parlor. Hosted each week by volunteers from the congregation, it provides a great chance to connect with each other. Central serves fairly-traded coffee from Don Justo Coffee with Dignity.


Throughout the year, we offer a number of different opportunities for fun and fellowship. These include an inter-generational LOGOS dinner each Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., a winter Chili Chow Down, an annual church worship and picnic in Greenwood Park, and our summer “Party on the Patio” series. You can also ride monthly with our Pedalin’ Presbyterians around the metro bike trails. Each year, we organize an outing to a Drake basketball or I-Cubs baseball game for members and friends, as well as dining opportunities and various gatherings in members’ homes.


If you’re looking for community, there are lots of different groups at Central you can join: knitting group, parents group, Bible study, choirs, committees. And we have a wonderful team of volunteers called Central CREW, who help to organize all our fellowship activities. Let us know your interests, and we’ll help you to connect.

  • Knitting into the Mystery – The Board of Deacons sponsors this ministry group which meets twice each month for fellowship and to knit prayer shawls, dish clothes and other pocket projects. If you can knit or crochet, or would love to learn how, this is the group for you! Prayers for peace and comfort are knitted directly into the fabric by each knitter. Knitting directions and a materials list are provided by the church. For more information about this ministry, please contact Sandy Dahl at 515-981-5410. The group meets every other Wednesday, from 6:30–8:00 p.m., in the 39th Street Lobby.
  • Bible Study – Central Presbyterian has multiple study groups that are open to all who want to discuss specific Bible topics, in a focused and open atmosphere. We encourage you to come to any of our discussions that are on-going, insightful, historical and personal.

Wednesday Morning Bible Study:

Starting Wednesday, Sept. 12 , 2018, we’ll meet from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. in Room 112 at Central. Facilitated by Sue Heggen, the group will study the 2018—19 Presbyterian Women Horizons Bible study, God’s Promise: I Am with You, written by Amy Poling Sutherlun. It traces God’s recurring promise of presence from Genesis through the Gospels—from the beginning to the end of the age. Throughout this study, participants will reflect on how the promise of God’s presence speaks beyond the pages of the Bible, to their own circumstances. Individually and as a community, they will be encouraged to both see and seek God’s presence with us in the extraordinary and the ordinary experiences of our lives. If you have any questions, please contact the office by email or at 515-279-3658.

Sunday Morning Adult Education:

This month, discover how the need to leave home and family starts, what the journey looks like, and what life is like before and after being held in a detention facility. Here is the schedule for The Crisis of Immigration Detention in the U.S., our adult education study for October (see documentary details here) :

Sunday, October 14, 9:00 a.m., at Central – Migration Simulation

Friday, October 19, 7:00 p.m., at Heartland Presbyterian Church, Clive – To Breathe Free
Led by David Barnhart, award-winning filmmaker for PC(USA)’s Presbyterian Disaster
Assistance (PDA). Group discussion will follow.

Saturday, October 20, 10:00 a.m., at First Arabic Presbyterian Church, Des Moines – Locked in a Box
David Barnhardt will lead a panel discussion after the viewing.

Sunday, October 21, 9:00 a.m., at Central, Rm 201 – Families Held Captive
Discussion to follow.

Sunday, October 28, 9:00 a.m., at Central, Rm 201 – Gospel without Borders

  • Prayer Chain – Participants receive a weekly email with concerns from our congregation and visitors and a list of who to pray for during the upcoming week. If you would like to pray for others, or have prayers said on your behalf, contact the church office at 515-279-3658.
  • Committees & Boards – At Central we offer an opportunity to help govern our congregation while meeting new friends and “rolling up our sleeves” for the church. Committees and boards are responsible for specific tasks and some are more time intensive than others. All are welcome to serve on any committee, but chairs must be ordained into service as an elder or deacon. Creating more and deeper friendships while having fun are often a part of doing God’s work for Central Presbyterian, or for our community and world through our congregation’s mission work. Below is a list of some of Central’s committees. For a short explanation of each, click to view Brief Committee Descriptions & Chairpersons 2018–19.
    • Building & Grounds
    • Business & Finance
    • Christian Education
    • Communications
    • Membership
    • Human Resources
    • Nominating
    • Stewardship
    • World & Community Concerns
    • Worship

For more information, contact the church office at 515-279-3658 or email.