Our Children's Ministries are uniquely designed for children through 5th grade. We believe children are a blessing from God and we are passionate about creating an environment that is safe, age-appropriate and fun where the Bible is taught in a creative and relevant way allowing children to grow in their relationship with Jesus.
We seek to make and mature young disciples of Jesus, who love God, encourage others, and serve the world.
Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School is a week-long summer celebration of learning and growing closer to God through stories, songs, and fun! Online Registration is available. Stay tuned for information in the spring about VBS 2018!
It’s like VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL….. on Wednesday nights! Wednesdays@Grace is open to all area children ages 3 (potty-trained) through fifth grade. Each six week session stands alone and children can sign up for one or both sessions.
SCHEDULE: Each evening runs 5:30 – 7:30 and will begin & end with a worship time in the sanctuary. Sign in as early as 5:15. Children will rotate through four stations each 20 minutes long: Worship Skills, Bible Story, Dinner, and Recreation. An offering will be taken each evening during the opening assembly to help cover the costs of the program.
Groups - Children will be grouped according to grade: Preschool & PreK, Kindergarten & 1st Grade, 2nd & 3rd Grades, and 4th & 5th Grades. Caring group guides will be with the children in their group the entire evening - from sign-in through sign-out.
Opening & Closing Assemblies – This will be a time of energetic worship & prayer for all ages in the sanctuary.
Dinner - Typically dinner will be pizza, grapes, carrots, lemonade or water, & dessert. Children are welcome to bring their own packed dinner if they prefer. A microwave is available. The children will eat by grades, so that the youngest children will eat first. Oldest kids will eat by 6:45, so they may need an after-school snack before coming!
Bible Story - Various interactive methods will be used to teach the lesson of the night.
Worship Skills – Children will learn songs related to the session theme in preparation for the final program (to be held on a Sunday following the 5-week session). Often this is done with singing & movement, but other worship skills options may include drama, dance, and bells or other instruments.
Recreation – A fun game and/or craft will tie in to the lesson each week.
After the short children's message near the beginning of our 10:45 AM Sanctuary Worship Service, children in preschool through grade 5 are invited to attend Junior Church!
This special children's service takes place down the hall from the Sanctuary and includes:
- music and singing
- sharing of praises and concerns
- Bible lesson
- activity to support Bible lesson
We use Group Publishing’s Kids Own Worship curriculum, which covers the major stories of the bible in a three year cycle.
FISH is our child-focused, family-based, peer-support group ministry designed to assist kindergartners through twelfth graders and their families through the grieving process.
Typically, a 10 session program runs every other week, Fall through Spring. "Finding Hope and Healing...Side by Side and Step by Step" Please click here for an informational brochure. Training and resources to begin this ministry were graciously provided by Highmark's The Caring Place in Pittsburgh, PA.
For more information about our Children's Ministries, please contact us!