Our GraceKids Children's ministry exists to show kids Jesus and disciple them as Christ-followers. We pray that the children at Grace may understand more and more the depth of Christ's love for them and how they can glorify God as they reflect his love to others. We love seeing our classrooms full of kids having fun, our gym full of kids running and playing, and our sanctuary full of kids learning the joy of worshipping in the Father's house.
Here at Grace, we are so thankful for the children God brings through our doors! We believe children are a gift from the Lord, and we strive to provide a safe, loving, fun environment for the youngest members of our church. Our nursery has trained staff members as well as volunteers who care for our infants and toddlers on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights. On Sunday mornings, we provide childcare for children ages 6 weeks to three years old, and we offer free play, snack time, story time, memory work, and songs. Our children learn a gospel lesson from the Beginner's Gospel Story Bible, and we focus on the first catechisms through the Ask Me Whooo Cd. We pray our children gain a firm foundation during their time in the nursery before moving on to more structured learning in our GraceKids classes. We aim for children to learn that God made them, God loves them, and God sent Jesus to be their friend.
On Sunday mornings, we offer Sunday School classes for ages 3 through 5th grade, starting at 9:25 am. We use Great Commission Publication's "Show Me Jesus" curriculum to provide kids a solid foundation of understanding who God is and why he sent Jesus. Children also work on learning their catechisms as they learn Bible content.
During the worship service, children ages 3 through 6 are invited to KidsWorship, where we teach children the various components of "big church" and prepare them to join their parents when they turn 7. We sing, pray, learn, color, and play games.
We love teaching our children the joys of worshiping God through song! For children ages preschool through Kindergarten, we offer GraceNotes on Wednesday nights at 6pm. For elementary aged children, our GraceKids Choir practices from 6-6:30 on Wednesday nights during the school year. Both choirs periodically lead our congregation in worship on Sunday mornings, and it is such a joy to hear these children praising God and reminding us of who God is and what he has done for us!
On Wednesday nights, we invite our kids to play on the playground, sing in choir practice, and then head to GraceKids for more fun. Families arrive around 5:30 to play, eat dinner, and then start choir at 6pm. GraceKids starts at 6:30, and students have classroom time for crafts, scripture memory, Bible learning from The Gospel Project curriculum, and then games time in the gym to get some wiggles out. We end at 7:30 in the gym.
At GraceKids, part of our purpose is to help kids have opportunities to serve one another, their neighbors, and to glorify God using their gifts. We offer Christmas caroling and a Fourth of July Parade at Dalton Place Assisted Living Home, Mobile Food Pantries throughout the year at City Park Elementary School, Angel Tree Christmas gifts for children with incarcerated parents, Back to School encouragement cards for teachers at Morris Innovative School, and Christmas cards for prisoners at Walker State and Hayes Prisons. We also encourage our 5th graders to serve on Wednesday nights as "junior assistants" during our GraceKids classes.