Chaplains in the Department of Pastoral Care provide emotional and spiritual support for patients, families and staff. Support is given to those of all faiths and cultures.
Highly trained chaplains are available 24 hours a day, and can be reached by asking a nurse, calling the hospital operator at (614) 722-2000, or calling the Pastoral Care Department at (614) 722-5250. We welcome your call.
Nationwide Children's Hospital Chapel
The Chapel, located in the main lobby, is a place where persons of all faiths, cultures and ages are welcome to come for spiritual renewal. This sanctuary offers hospitality for quiet and personal reflection and is designed to offer comfort and peace.
We have weekly services for patients, families and staff. Catholic mass, interdenominational services and Muslim prayer service are offered.
Due to COVID-19, we are currently unable to have chapel services in person. While we are unable to meet in person, Pastoral Care staff has provided recordings for your personal reflection, prayer practice or worship. Click here to view video resources.
Seasons for Healing Bereavement Program
Seasons for Healing is a Bereavement Program for all members of the family after the loss of a child. This program is designed to provide support and resources to all who have experienced the loss of a sibling, child or grandchild.
Meetings are the second Thursday of each month, with the exception of December, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Center for Family Safety and Healing, 655 E. Livingston Avenue, Columbus. Free parking behind the building.
Clinical Pastoral Education
The Department of Pastoral Care is accredited by The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) to offer pastoral education. This is an action/reflection process that is grounded in a person-centered approach to ministry. Nationwide Children’s Hospital offers all levels of CPE education – from the initial unit to residency to Certified Educator training. An initial unit from an ACPE accredited center is required for admittance to the residency program. Full and part-time units are available. No person will be denied acceptance on the basis of race, gender, age, faith group, national origin, sexual orientation or disability.
Statement of Confidentiality and Student Rights
Annual Notice (ACPE Standard 304.4):
This ACPE CPE center/program guarantees to its students the rights to inspect and review education records, to seek to amend them, to specified control over release of record information, and to file a complaint against the program for alleged violations of the Family Education and Privacy Act (FERPA) rights.
A student has the right to object to record content. If not negotiable, the written objection will be kept with and released with the record.
Violations of these protocols may be reported to the Chair of the Accreditation Commission at: ACPE, One West Court Square, Suite 325, Decatur, GA 30030.
ACPE information may be found at their website www.acpe.edu and application forms may be found at https://www.acpe.edu/ACPE/Resources/Forms.aspx or by calling the Pastoral Care office at 614-722-5250.
Faith Communities Near Nationwide Children'sSee all worship options near Nationwide Children's ›
St. Mary Catholic Church
684 S 3rd St., Columbus, OH
St. Patrick Catholic Church
280 N Grant Ave, Columbus, OH
The Community of Holy Rosary and St. John
648 S Ohio Ave, Columbus, OH
Catholic Dioceses of Columbus
197 E Gay Street, Columbus, OH
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral
555 N High Street, Columbus, OH
St. Gregory of Nyssa Orthodox Christian Church
2219 Summit Street, Columbus, OH
St. Nicholas the Wonderworker Orthodox Church
203 King Ave., Columbus, OH
St. Stevan-Dechani Serbian Church
1840 Cassady Ave., Columbus, OH
Mount Olivet Baptist Church
428 E Main Street, Columbus, OH
Fellowship Baptist Church
4701 Winchester Pike, Columbus, OH
University Baptist Church
50 W Lane Avenue, Columbus, OH
Amazing Grace Baptist Church
1288 West Broad Street, Columbus, OH
Church of God
Unity Temple Church of God
52 Reeb Ave, Columbus, OH
Disciples of Christ
444 E Broad Street, Columbus, OH
Trinity Episcopal Church
125 E Broad Street, Columbus, OH
38 W Greenwood Ave, Columbus, OH
Stone Village Church
139 E 2nd Ave, Columbus, OH
6000 Cooper Rd, Columbus, OH
Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church
766 S High Street, Columbus, OH
Columbus Mennonite Church
35 Oakland Park Ave, Columbus, OH
Broad Street Presbyterian Church
760 E Broad St, Columbus, OH
Old First Presbyterian Church
1101 Bryden Rd, Columbus, OH
Shepherd Church of the Nazarene
425 S Hamilton Ave, Gahanna, OH
Central Seventh-Day Adventist Church
80 S 18th St, Columbus, OH
Broad Street UMC
501 E Broad Street, Columbus, OH
Church for All People
946 Parsons Ave, Columbus, OH
200 E Livingston Ave, Columbus, OH
First Unitarian Universalist Church
93 W Weisheimer Road, Columbus, OH
Humanist Community Center
4510 Kenny Road, Columbus, OH
Conservative Jewish Synagogue
Congregation Tifereth Israel
1354 E Broad Street, Columbus, OH
Orthodox Jewish Synagogue
Beth Jacob Synagogue
1223 College Ave., Columbus, OH
Congregation Torat Emet
2375 E Main St., Columbus, OH
Reformed Jewish Synagogue
431 E Broad Street, Columbus, OH
Columbus KTC Buddhist Center
1354 E Broad St., Columbus, OH
3624 Bexvie Ave., Columbus, OH
Muslim Community Center
1677 Oak St., Columbus, OH
Islamic Center of Greater Columbus Masjid
1428 E Broad Street, Columbus, OH
Ibnu Taymiyah Masjid and Islamic Center
2335 Mock Rd, Columbus, OH
Noor Islamic Cultural Center
5001 Wilcox Rd., Dublin, OH