Bring your children to Church!
Grace Church is a "place of grace" for children and families. Children are most welcome here and we hope they are both "seen and heard" through their participation in all aspects of parish life. The Director of the Children's Ministry, Francesca Mallin Parker, and the Church School teaching team offer children from infancy to age 12 an enjoyable, play-based approach to Christian education. The Church School is staffed by trained educators as well as volunteers from the parish.
The Grace Church Sunday School is changing and growing with Grace! We have introduced a new dedicated space for infants and young toddlers. The Church School groups are now configured as follows:
Infant and Toddler group (2 and under) – meets in the new play space in the Reception Room
Preschool Group (2.5 to 5 years) – meets in the former Sunday Nursery Classroom
School Age Group (6 to 12 years) – meets in the bigger Sunday School classroom.
In addition, with the beginning of the Church Year (Advent 1, Nov. 27, 2016) we will begin a lectionary based curriculum once again so that parents and children will be hearing some of the same Bible stories each Sunday. We are excited about this change and hope to better serve the needs of all the members of our growing community.
Infant and Toddler Group (2 and under)
Please drop your infant or toddler off in the Reception Room play area before the service begins. A trained Early Childhood Educator regularly supervises the youngest members of our community. At each session we will present a story from “My First Read Aloud Bible.” Our Infant/Toddler area is also stocked with lots of age appropriate toys and activities to engage the little ones while the parents are at worship. A parent may choose to remain with the child until he or she feels comfortable. You may also begin your morning in church and take your child to the Infant/Toddler area after taking part in the Children's Focus. Parents who wish their infant or toddler child to participate in communion are asked to come and pick them up from the play area at the appropriate time.
Preschool Group (2.5 – 5 years)
Using the lectionary based curriculum Seasons of the Spirit for the Preschool age group, the Preschool Group will focus each week on one of the Bible readings for the day. Puppets, music and hands-on activities will reinforce the learning objectives of helping the children to become acquainted with the lessons of the Bible, both the Old and the New Testaments and developing a love of Jesus.
School Age Group (6 – 12 yrs.)
Grace Church Sunday School aims to develop the children’s knowledge of stories and people from the Bible with an emphasis on the love of God for us and the “way” to live with love and respect for others that is embodied in Jesus Christ. Each week we focus on a Bible story or other aspect of Christian formation, with our own special touches added. Friendships and a sense of community are encouraged and children learn to give back by preparing food for brunches and helping with outreach and community events as they are able, or through participation in the church service as readers, acolytes or junior sidespersons.
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Morning Routine for the Preschool and School Age Groups:
• 9:50 to 10:00 a.m. children gather in the North Transept prior to the service
• 10:10 "Children's Focus" after which we go to our classrooms
• 10:15 to c.10:50 a.m. prayer, Bible story and discussion, games, crafts and more
• each week one or two children will be asked to help during the offertory
• c. 10:50 snack and return to church for communion
• 11:15 Cafe Grace with food and fellowship for all ages
Here is some of what we offer:
• A different story and exploration each week
• Lots of hands-on activities
• Group prayer and discussion
• Arts and Crafts
• Take-home theme packages
• Participation in the services
• Charitable outreach
• Social events for families
• Christmas pageant
• Good Friday interactive "Way of the Cross"
• Special Easter Day programs
• Sunday School throughout the summer (10:00 a.m.)
You won't outgrow Sunday School - teens can volunteer to help their younger friends and earn community hours! We also invite the older children to serve as acolytes from time to time. Youth Group for children 11 and up takes place each Sunday after the 10 a.m. service.