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Our desire as a church, is to come alongside parents to love and teach their kids about Jesus while they are at church, to pray for their kids and the families, to encourage the parents in raising their children before God, to empower parents (with insight, knowledge, love, grace) to love their kids and share Jesus / teach their children about the Gospel, and to be here for the parents as a resource if/when they need it. The following resource guides are designed to assist parents with various issues that revolve around raising kids.

Enrollment

Every child who attends must be enrolled. This helps us track the spiritual journey of each child as well as any special needs and interests. In addition, when a child is enrolled, we have information that will assist us in contacting a parent if necessary. Enrollment forms are available from a teacher, at the TOT Garden Welcome Center (located in the TOT Garden Suite - main level), or at the Children's Ministry Welcome Center (located on the lower level near the C.E. office). pdfenrollment form

Permission & Release Form

A permission slip is required for all children who will be participating in any church activity that includes an overnight stay or will be held at a location other than where the child is dropped off. pdfpermission & release form

Safety and Security

We have taken steps to make Grace Church a safe and secure place for children of all ages. The Children's Ministry staff is instructed to follow policies and procedures designed to provide a safe environment.

Children enrolled in the Early Childhood Program and Preschool Ministry will check in and out at the ChildCheck computer terminals. A paging system allows us to notify parents by displaying the child's ID number in the worship center if needed.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Nancy Gillentine at nancy.gillentine@gracecma.org or call (440) 243-4885 x136. A copy of the Safety Guidelines is available at the Children's Ministry Welcome Center.

Children's Ministry Welcome Center

Parents will find helpful information here about our ministry to children, including the Parent Handbook detailing guidelines and procedures. The Welcome Center is located outside the Christian Education Office (Room 43) in the lower level.

Choosing a Bible...

With so many different Bibles for children available, selecting an appropriate one can be a bit overwhelming. There are a couple of versions that we encourage parents to consider buying for your child.  The first is the Action Bible.  It is a narrative bible, going through the stories for them to learn in an easy to read historical format.  Here is a link to it if you would like to buy one online.  Or you can purchase it from the Welcome Center in the main lobby upstairs.  

The other bible that we recommend, is very close to the NIV that we use here at Grace.  It is called the NIrV.  The NIV is written to a 7th-8th grade reading level, and the NIrV is written to a 3rd grade level.  This allows children to have their own bible, but actually be able to understand what it is saying. Here is a link to purchase an NIrV bible.  There are lots to choose from, or you could go to your local Christian bookstore. Encourage them to read and have a quiet time so that it becomes a habit for them in the future.

SilverSword Bible Memory Program

The purpose of the program is to saturate the minds and hearts of children with a prescribedset ofkey verses from the Word of God so that they are able to live and serve as children of God.pdfenrollment form

 

Divorce Care for Kids

Divorce Care for Kids is a special 12-week course designed to help children ages 5-12 heal from the hurt experienced from the separation or divorce of their parents. At our weekly Divorce Care for Kids group, kids make friends with people who understand how they feel and the things they are going through because of the divorce or separation of their parents. Best of all, children learn how God's love can strengthen them and help them to experience hope and joy.

Footprints (For Single Parent Families)

Footprints ministers to the single parent, custodial, or non-custodial, and their minor children. At our monthly meeting, we sponsor a dinner for parents and their children followed by a time of personal growth exploring the Confident Kids - Confident Parents curriculum that honors God and empowers both parent and child to flourish and live a confident, emotionally-healthy life style.

Friendship Class

Children with cognitive impairments are taught God's truth in a compassionate and understandable way in a class of their own. Here is a link to our disability ministry and all that they offer.

libraryLibrary

The Grace Church Library, located on the lower level in room 25, is a great resource for books, audio and video tapes, reference materials, and study guides. The library is open on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings. 

Internet Safety

Kids love to go online and browse the Internet, but while there are many informative and entertaining resources, there are also many dangers children and their families may not be aware of.  There are a couple of steps that you can take to ensure that your children are protected in your home.  The first step is a free service from a company called OpenDNS.  This allows you to have a free filter on your home, so that anyone with a phone, iPod, tablet, or laptop, that is accessing your wireless network, will be covered.  Here is a link to some more information about them.  The second step might be some kind of filter and control program that you actually install on your device.  The best option that we have found is a company called NetNanny.  This allows a filtering system, blocking of malicious file transfers, setting up "no-internet" times at your request, etc.  It does have a small cost associated with it, but is definitely worth the money.  You can cover not only your computers, but mobile devices as well.  Here is a link to check them out.

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