GraceKidz is the Children’s Ministry of Grace and includes Nursery through 5th Grade.
Our goal is to supplement the families of Grace in their building of a spiritual foundation so that in God’s timing, their child will be led into a personal, growing relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
Sign Up & Show Up, Summer 2015: Every summer, we give our fabulous year-round volunteers a break! We ask our family at Grace who aren’t serving to “Sign-Up and Show Up” 1-2 weeks this summer. This gives our stellar volunteers the opportunity to refresh and refuel while also giving YOU the opportunity to see how wonderful our children at Grace really are!
All you have to do is Sign Up and Show Up! Since our GraceKidz staff & summer interns prepare and teach the lessons and lead the activities, you don’t have to teach or lead anything. We just need you there – in the room – with the kids. Really. It’s just that simple … Sign-Up and Show Up. Per our Elder Board, all persons serving with children and students must have a completed criminal background check.
GraceKidz age groups are as follows:
Nursery: 9, 10:45 a.m. & 5:15 p.m. in the Garden of Grace (Nursery Cove, lower level Main Building)
Preschool: 9, 10:45 a.m. & 5:15 p.m. in the Train (lower level Main Building)
K & 1st Grades: 9, 10:45 a.m. & 5:15 p.m. in the Treasure Island (lower level Main Building)
2nd & 3rd Grades: 9, 10:45 a.m. & 5:15 p.m. in the Trail (between the Treehouse & Main Building)
4th & 5th Grades: 9, 10:45 a.m. & 5:15 p.m. in the Treehouse (the house adjacent to Main Building)
Special Needs: 9:00 & 10:45 a.m. in room #115 (lower level Main Building)
Nursery – The Garden, Ages 0-36 months
We believe even our littlest ones can learn! Regular learning experiences are planned and lessons are reinforced with songs, play, and supervised activities designed with the ability of the children in mind. Each nursery is well staffed with trained workers who lovingly care for your children. Our nursery workers use universal health precautions (non-latex gloves, hand washing, disinfecting surfaces, etc.)
The nurseries are divided by age groups:
Preschool – Train Station
It is our prayer that each child will know that: God created them, God loves them, God is with them all the time. Classrooms have consistent leaders as well as volunteers who serve on a rotating schedule. The rooms are cheerfully decorated and are equipped with age-appropriate toys and learning manipulatives. Our teachers are creative and use many teaching methods. During their time at the Train Station, the children are led in a Bible lesson, songs of praise, crafts, snack, and play.
Drop-Off/Sign-In/Pick-Up at Treasure Island downstairs.
While in Treasure Island, Kindergartners and 1st Graders participate in large group worship, relevant Bible teaching, and small group activities with a consistent leader who is committed to building relationships with their students. Lessons present the message of God’s love in a language kids understand with memorable activities that can have a lasting impact on young lives. More structured than Preschool, kids still have plenty of “wiggle room” to have lots of fun! Music, games, art projects, skits and other fun activities draw children to God and His love.
2nd & 3rd Grade – The Trail
Sunday Drop-Off/Sign-In/Pick-Up in the Trail – located near the Treehouse. For your child’s safety, we ask parents to walk with your child from the main building to the the Trail. Please do not allow your child to walk in the parking lot unattended.
In the Trail, our 2nd & 3rd graders continue in the model of large group worship, relevant Bible teaching in a large group, and breakout “huddle groups.” Lessons are adapted to the growing knowledge and vocabulary of this age group. Kids interact with peers as well as their huddle group leader who is committed to intentional shepherding. Games, crafts, and skits are incorporated to add different dimensions of learning. Kids learn Bible truths that change their lives while having lots of fun, so they want to learn more!
4th & 5th Grade – The Treehouse
The Treehouse is located in the house adjacent to our main church building. For your child’s safety, we ask parents to walk with your child to the Treehouse. Please do not allow your child to walk in the parking lot unattended.
The Treehouse is especially designed for the “tweener” aged kids in 4th and 5th Grade! We are committed to solid Bible teaching that is interesting and relevant to kids. Our Treehouse is Biblically-based, kid-owned, and volunteer-fueled. 4th and 5th Graders will enjoy lively, meaningful worship, relevant biblical teaching, missions emphasis, small huddle group times with a leader who is committed to them, and life applications.
We treasure kids with special needs and are blessed with many trained and/or certified teachers who lovingly care for special needs kids. We comply with ADA requirements in our facilities. Handicap parking with wheel chair accessibility is available in the back of the church.
An information sheet is available for parents to complete so that you can be assured that your child’s needs will be addressed.
GraceKidz Core Values
GraceKidz will teach the Bible accurately and relevantly to kids.
GraceKidz will intentionally shepherd children.
GraceKidz will teach children how to encounter God and respond to Him through worship.
GraceKidz will equip children to share God’s love with others.
GraceKidz will be a safe place.
GraceKidz will be kid-friendly.