Grace Kids

Grace Kids is dedicated to lead and teach the next generation to believe biblically, love intentionally, and honor God with our whole hearts, mind, and soul. Each week we will make the most of our time and engage with children (birth – 6th grade) in relevant and fun ways, helping them to understand how God sees them and the difference that Jesus can make in their lives. 

WELCOME!

We’re so glad you’re here!

Stop by the Grace Kids Welcome Desks on the upper and lower levels so that we can walk you through the check-in process and guide you on where you need to go.

Important Information

  • Classrooms are determined by birthday or grade.

  • Kids are dropped off or picked up by their parent or guardian.

  • Hold on to the security tag you receive at check-in because it will be needed to pick up your kid(s) after the service.

Sundays

The following opportunities are offered every Sunday at our Middleburg campus during all three worship services (9:00, 10:30, 12:00), and at our Olmsted campus at the 10:00 service. 

On holidays, elementary-aged children join their parents in the worship services (we still have classes for Birth – Kindergarten). 

Tidepool Nursery (Birth - 2 years)

We want to help little ones experience the love of Jesus in a nurturing and safe environment.  And, our goal is to encourage parents as they help their children take their first steps toward a relationship with Jesus. For our nursing mothers, we also have a room for you! During the 9am & 12pm service, we also have a space (room 116) where you can watch the worship service with your kids if you prefer a place where they can have more freedom to be active (see location here).

Ocean (3 years - Kindergarten)

Our goal is for kids to form friendships with others and begin to understand key stories and themes in the Bible, understanding more about God’s plan for us and the world he created.  We will also offer resources and encouragement for parents to invest spiritually in their children.

Lower Elementary (1st - 3rd Grade)

To provide avenues for kids to see the whole story of God in Scripture, especially through Bible knowledge and memorization.  And, for them to build friendships with peers who can encourage them and teachers who can help them learn who God is and how he values and loves them.   Children participate in a small group to discuss and apply what they’re learning.  Each group is led by a trained adult volunteer.

PreTeen (4th - 6th Grade)

To provide fun and engaging avenues for kids to see the whole story of God in Scripture, especially through Bible knowledge and memorization. Children participate in a small group to discuss and apply what they’re learning and to grow friendships with peers.  Each group is led by a trained adult volunteer. We also seek to provide a healthy transition from 6th grade to Middle School youth group.

Wednesdays

The following classes are offered every Wednesday at 7pm at Middleburg campus.

Tidepool Nursery (birth - 2 years)

As you attend adult classes or take time to enjoy coffee or tea at Global Grounds, we want to help little ones experience the love of Jesus in a nurturing and safe environment.  And, our goal is to encourage parents as they help their children take their first steps toward a relationship with Jesus. For our nursing mothers, we also have a room for you here!

Ocean (3 years - Kindergarten)

Our goal is for kids to form friendships with other children during the week and begin to repeat key stories and themes in the Bible, understanding more about God’s plan for us and the world he created.

Lower Elementary (1st - 3rd Grade)

This fun and energetic time together is for them to build friendships with peers who can encourage them and teachers who can help them learn who God is and how he values and loves them. Here they’ll have fun each week as they learn about who God is through games, activities, small groups, music, and The Bible. They will also learn how to apply what they’re learning into their homes, neighborhoods, and schools.  Each group is led by trained adult volunteers and high schoolers.

PreTeen (4th - 6th Grade)

This fun and energetic time together is for them to build friendships with peers who can encourage them and teachers who can help them learn who God is and how he values and loves them. Here they’ll have fun each week as they learn about who God is through games, activities, small groups, music, and The Bible. They will also learn how to apply what they’re learning into their homes, neighborhoods, and schools.  Each group is led by trained adult volunteers and high schoolers.

Online

Grace Kids TV Jr. is for kids up to 1st grade.

Grace Kids TV is for kids up in grades 2-6.

Grace Kids FAQ

What will my child learn in Grace Kids?

In Grace Kids, we use the “Gospel Project” curriculum. The Gospel Project presents three applications in each lesson: Gospel Story, Gospel Culture, and Gospel Mission. From the beginning to the end of the Bible, we will see God’s amazing plan to restore a relationship with the people he loves.  We’ll learn more about who He is and how He can shape us and help us to grow into the people he wants us to be.

How do I check my child into Grace Kids?

Click on the map here to see the location of our three Welcome Desks, one on the main level and two on the lower level. Our Grace Kids team will welcome you and make sure your child is signed in for each class and personally show you to your child’s classroom. Once you are in our system, you can head to any of our computer stations and personally check in and print your own family’s name tags and claim tickets.

How will I find my way around the building?

Again, you can check out our campus and maps, here!

How does Grace Kids ensure my child is safe and secure?

Safety is one of our highest priorities. That’s why we have a secure check-in system near each Welcome Desk. We’ll help get you registered the first time you visit. After that your check-in will be quick and easy, and you and your child (birth -6th grade)  will receive matching identification stickers. Your child will need to wear their name tag sticker and you will need to keep the matching tag. After the service, you’ll show the Grace Kids leader your matching tag in order for your child to be released to you.

Every Grace Kids volunteer leader is interviewed, participates in a background check, and receives appropriate training from our staff. Additionally, our hallways are monitored by background-checked security during each experience to make sure your child stays safe and secure.

In the event that we need to contact you during the service, we can either send you a text message or display your child’s identification code on the screen in the auditorium.



Is there a fee to have Sunday School classes for my child?

We love this amazing opportunity to serve you and your family…so you can drop off your children at no cost!

I have a child with special needs. Is there anything I need to know before coming into Grace Kids?

Families who have a member who is cognitively impaired often struggle to find a church where they feel at home.  With our Friendship Classes, your family can experience a sense of belonging, knowing that your church family cares about and understands your child’s particular needs.  Our goal is for you to sense that your entire family is welcome at church, and to experience the joy of seeing your family member flourish. The specially-designed Friendship Class gives parents a chance to go to a worship service knowing their child is having time with new friends and learning about God’s Word.

For more information please contact Linda Denson at [email protected]



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Family & Child Resources

There are a growing number of books, websites, and resources on the subject of children, parenting, and families claiming to be from a Christian or God-honoring perspective. Some align more closely with Grace Church’s Bible-based doctrine, beliefs and practices than others. We have also found that some resources are more helpful than others. As a result we have carefully selected the resources included in these pages. Inclusion in these pages, however, does not mean that we endorse or agree with everything in each resource.

Meet Our Team

J.O. Schlea

Director of Grace Kids Ministry

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Dana Carlisle

Director or Early Childhood Ministry

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Gary Allen

Gary Allen

Director of Grace Kids Curriculum

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Kelly Filipkowski

Family Ministry Assistant

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Kristin Sefik

Tidepool Coordinator

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Jacob Bentley

OF Campus Grace Kids

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