As you get your children ready to head back to school this August, we are preparing for another year of faith-filled programs for children and youth at Grace Church.

Our theme this year is Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord (2 Peter: 3:18). You and your family will find many opportunities to grow through Grace’s Christian formation ministries.

From the nursery to Sunday school to youth group – your students will learn about God’s love, make friends and build a foundation of faith through our children’s and youth Christian formation ministries. You will find details of our fall 2017 programs at the bottom of this post. We ask all parents or caregivers to submit a completed registration form for their children participating in our programs: Church School Registration form 2017-18.

Mark your calendars for these fun events to begin the new school year:

  • Back-to-School Pancake Breakfast
    Sunday, August 20 / 9 – 10 a.m.

    Kick off the new school year with a delicious and fun pancake breakfast. Chris Cakes of St. Louis will be back at Grace, tossing hot cakes as fast as you can catch them! Bring your family and friends for this free treat.

  • Sunday School & Youth Group Open House
    Sunday, August 27 / after both services

    Meet this year’s teachers and learn about our Sunday school and youth group programs. Students can help us plant a garden that we’ll care for and watch grow throughout the year. We’ll also have the slip-n-slide out for some fun in the sun — bring your bathing suit! (weather permitting)

  • First Day of Classes
    Sunday, September 10 / 9:30 a.m.

    We’ll officially begin our new program year after the Labor Day holiday weekend. Please note that we will be starting our classes at 9:30 a.m. this year! (We’re adding an extra 15 minutes to provide more time for better lessons and activities.) Classes overlap with our 10 a.m. service, with students joining their families in worship to share Holy Communion.

  • Parents’ Coffee (half-)Hour
    Sunday, September 10 / 9:30 a.m.

    Drop the kids off in their classrooms downstairs, then head to Albright Parish Hall to enjoy coffee and breakfast treats with other parents each Sunday before the 10 a.m. worship service begins. It’s a great opportunity for parents to hang out and get to know each other!

Please remember that all our children’s and youth programs are run by volunteers. Please consider helping with our Church School Committee — it’s so much fun to share your faith with kids! We have many ways you can get involved. Please contact Janis in the church office to learn more.

Programs for Children and Youth
Fall 2017

Noah’s Ark Nursery
Ages: Infant – 4 years old

Our youngest members receive lots of TLC in our nursery every Sunday morning. The room is located on the main floor and is supervised by caregiver Becki Huels, with help from high school assistants. The nursery is available during the school year from 8:45 until 11:30 a.m. Please bring any snacks and supplies your child will need while in our care.

All of the following classes meet on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. Classes overlap with our 10 a.m. worship service, with students joining their families in church to share Holy Communion.

Godly Play
Preschool – Kindergarten
Grades 1, 2, 3

The Godly Play approach helps young children explore their faith through story, gain religious language and enhance their spiritual experience though wonder and play. The program is based on Montessori principles, allowing children to engage in ways that best suit their individual learning style.

Godly Journey
Grades 4, 5

Students will engage in the story of Cleon, an escaped slave boy who becomes a part of the beginnings of Christianity. This program helps children explore the early church by becoming characters in the story and building a huge diorama of the city of Ceasarea. Discussions help the students connect the challenges of the early church to the challenges we face today.

Episcopal Youth Community (EYC)
Grades 6, 7, 8
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

Middle school and high school youth are invited to come together each Sunday at 9:30 for faith, food and fun. The groups will meet separately on the first and third Sundays of each month to plan service and social projects and engage in topical discussions. All other Sundays will be a combined youth class, focusing discussion and activities on the weekly Bible lessons, Episcopal traditions, and current events. Light breakfast foods will be available for all classes. Many of our youth members serve as acolytes and readers during the worship service, but all are welcome to come to EYC whenever they are available.

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