The Children's Ministry at Grace Avenue is a place where all children, birth through 5th grade, can call home. Children have the opportunity to experience the grace and love of Jesus Christ through Worship, Sunday School, Missions, Special Events/Seasonal Activities, and Vacation Bible & Enrichment Camps.
All children deserve to be loved for who they are and who God has made them!
“New To The Pew” Workshop for Incoming Kindergarteners (REGISTER)
Sunday, Aug 21st | 12:30 – 2:00pm | Tom Graves Hall
This is a fun, interactive way to learn what takes place in worship at Grace Avenue, what is expected of us and how we can make Worship real for everyone. The whole family is invited to participate. We will share in a light lunch and explore both the Sanctuary and the Worship Center.
Blessing of the Backpacks
August 20th & 21st During All Worship Services
All students are invited to bring their backpacks to worship to receive a backpack tag and have your backpacks blessed by your Grace Avenue family. There will be a special time of prayer and blessing during each service. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Parenting In the Pews: Guiding Your Children into the Joy of Worship
Sunday, Sept 11th & 18th at 9:30am or 11:00am
Worship can be one of the times when we parents would like to pay attention to something other than our children. Kids can be distracting, aggravating, and embarrassing in church. Parents are tempted to just stay home, or not bring children to worship. Join us for this two-week study and conversation led by our Children’s Minister, Kristen Lane. We will discuss how to help children and parents focus on worshiping God and how to make your worship experience a joy and a blessing for all. This study is offered at two different times to fit your worship schedule. The 9:30am class is in the Gathering Room and hosted by the Discovery Class Sunday School. The 11:00am is in Tom Graves Hall. Registration is not required. For more information, contact Kristen at email@example.com.
CHILDREN'S SUNDAY SCHOOL
During the 9:30 and 11:00 Sunday School Hours, children in Kindergarten - 5th grades are invited to begin their learning adventure in the EDGE ROOM! We begin with fellowship, videos, celebrations, prayer and an exciting "Attention Getter." Once the opening is complete, children are led to their traditional classroom with their Volunteer Teacher. Parents will pick them up after class from their traditional classroom.
Looking for your Sunday School class or Nursery Room? Here's how you can find them!
INFANT NURSERIES - CLICK HERE
PRESCHOOL (2 YEARS - PRE K) - CLICK HERE
ELEMENTARY (KINDERGARTEN - 5TH GRADE) - CLICK HERE
SATURDAY EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
Saturday evening, we want children to worship with their families. However, we also want to provide a time of learning for them that focuses on the Scripture read in worship. With this in mind, we invite children to come forward following the reading of the Scripture and go for a time of learning with Ms. Kristen. The children will return during the time of offering to share in the final song with their families.
We have six Nursery Rooms on Sunday mornings and one on Saturday evenings. Our rooms are staffed with paid nursery workers to help provide the children with a familiar face each week. Volunteers add extra loving care during the worship services as needed. Our goal is to share God’s love with your child as they play in a safe, loving environment. Our two older groups have a different lesson during each of the Learning Hours on Sunday mornings. Snacks are provided during time spent in the nursery unless otherwise specified. Please make us aware of any allergies or special issues your child may have. CLICK HERE for Nursery Policies.
CHILDREN'S WORSHIP BULLETINS
We want children to participate in our worship services! To help your children share in the Scripture, Children’s Worship Bulletins and crayons are available at the back of the Worship Center.
ACOLYTES (3rd-5th Grades)
Please email Kristen Lane at firstname.lastname@example.org if your child is interested in being an Acolyte.
An acolyte is a person who assists in the worship service. At Grace Avenue, the acolytes play an important role in the Foundation Service (9:30 Sanctuary). The acolytes will carry in the Cross, Light, and Bible to begin the worship service. Trainings will be held throughout the year. All acolytes must attend a training.
One way to help your child get involved in the leadership of worship is for you to volunteer to be a greeter or usher on Saturday night or Sunday mornings. Your child can then assist you with these responsibilities. It is a great way for them to learn service as they grow in their understanding about being a disciple of Jesus Christ.
JESUS URGES GENEROSITY JUG
Our Jesus Urges Generosity Jug is an active sign of worship for all of the children in our church. Our hope is that each child can understand what an offering is and how it can help all the work that God does through us. Our goal is to use these offerings to help different organizations and groups continue to do their ministry. Each month we choose a different ministry to help support. We pray that as our children grow in this active part of worship, that they can teach the rest of us how to be good stewards of all of God’s gifts.
CHILDREN AND MUSIC - Praise Kids!
Children are divided by age level and spend time sharing in music, musical enrichment and fellowship. Come and join us on Sunday afternoons from 3:30 – 5:00pm. Children who are 3 years old as of September 1st– 5th grade can participate in Praise Kids!
If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Laurie at email@example.com or Ms. Kristen at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can’t wait to see you!
MISSION POSSIBLE SUNDAYS
During each month that has a 5th Sunday our K-5th Grades Sunday School classes will meet during their Sunday School hour to participate in a hands-on mission project at a large group.
EDGE 4th & 5th GRADE FELLOWSHIP
EDGE is a fellowship group that meets on 2nd Sundays during the school year from 5:00 - 6:30pm. We gather together to play games, have themed events, and get to know each other better. Come and have a BLAST at EDGE!
3rd GRADE BIBLE PRESENTATION
All third graders will receive a Bible from their Grace Avenue Family as well as attend a on-day “Learning to Use Your Bible” event. Bible presentations are in October.
Children will have the chance to participate in special activities and events such as an Easter Egg Hunt and more during the season of Lent. Watch for more details.
Children 4 years old - 5th grades are invited to attend a 3 week adventure during the Advent season that focuses on the true meaning of Christmas. The children will share in snacks, singing, games and crafts.
KID'S DAY OUT - CLICK HERE for 2016-2017 School Year Registration Form
Kid’s Day Out is a weekday program for children who turn 1 as of September 1st but have not yet turned 2. Children have the opportunity to attend class one or two days a week. The program runs Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00am - 2:15pm. Enrollment will be held in the Spring for the upcoming school year. Contact Kristen Lane at email@example.com for more information.
RAINBOW CORNER PRESCHOOL
Children who are turning 2 - 5 years old qualify for our Rainbow Corner Pre-School Program. Please contact Karen Lubbe, Rainbow Corner Director, at 972.335.2882 ext. 513 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information, CLICK HERE.
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