Pastoral Care

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.

Worship Services

We have weekly services for patients, families and staff.

Catholic Mass:
Wednesday:  Noon
Sunday:  1:30 p.m.

Interdenominational services
Monday: 11:00 a.m.

Muslim prayer service
Friday: 1:15 p.m.

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.

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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 and application forms may be found at or by calling the Pastoral Care office at 614-722-5250.

Nearby Places of Worship

he following places of worship are accessible to Nationwide Children's Hospital. Click the name to see directions, contact info and more.

Exodus Fellowship Church
812 E Fulton St
Columbus, OH 43205
Distance: 0.2 miles

Harvest Time Ministries International Church
920 E Fulton St
Columbus, OH 43205
Distance: 0.3 miles

Eliud Christian Missionary Church
775 E Main St
Columbus OH 43205
Distance: 0.4 miles

The Holy Ghost Revival Center Church of Christ
441 Gilbert St
Columbus, OH 43205
Distance: 0.4 miles

East Mound Street Church Of Christ
491 E Mound St
Columbus, OH 43215
Distance: 0.4 miles

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