Our purpose as a children’s ministry is: to partner with parents in laying a foundation for the salvation and building up of spiritually healthy young people for life and ministry in the world. We believe that God has given parents the main responsibility for teaching their children to love God and His word (Deut. 6). We do not seek to take this responsibility away from parents, but rather to come alongside them and partner with them in the ministry that God has given them. We recognize that no person can cause another to believe the gospel and turn to Christ in faith, but as partners we seek to help parents lay a deep foundation of God’s word in the lives of children so that in God’s timing He can use that to bring them to Himself (2 Tim. 3:15).
Psalm 127 tells us that children are “like arrows in the hand of a warrior”. The process of raising children is like the straightening, sharpening, aiming, and releasing of an arrow. Arrows are ineffective if left in the quiver. We want our children to grow in faith and maturity in Christ so that when they are released from our homes they make an impact in the world for God’s kingdom.
Undertaking any task requires planning well for success. This means thinking about the end result before we begin. God’s word teaches us that life is a vapor, and this means that the time we have with our children will quickly be gone. We want to have a long-term vision for who our children will be when they leave our care. What kind of people will they be? What will drive them forward? What will they treasure? Who will continue to preach and teach the gospel when we are gone? We want many things for our children, but these are the basics that we want to be true of every child when they leave our ministry.
- Love for God (Deut. 6:5; Matt. 22:34-40)
This is the key to living in God’s kingdom. When Jesus was asked to name the greatest commandment this is what He quoted from all of the Old Testament, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment.” (Matt. 22:37-38) We fail our children if we only give them an intellectual knowledge of God without calling them to cherish and treasure Him with every fiber of their being.
- Love God’s Word (Psalm 1, 119; John 1:1-18; 2 Tim. 3:15)
God has chosen to reveal Himself to us through the Bible, and most clearly in His Son Jesus Christ who is “the Word made flesh”. God’s word teaches us who He is, and how to live faithfully as His children. A love for His word gives us the tools we need to fight temptation, to make us wise for salvation, and to go and make other disciples. For this reason we teach our children from God’s Word, sing it with them, and seek to help them memorize it and apply it to their own lives.
- Love God’s People (Ex. 20:12-17; 1 Jn. 4:7-21)
The Bible is full of admonishes to love one another. Selfish pride is the root of many sins, but God’s Spirit and His Word work in our hearts to help us love our brothers and sisters in Christ. John teaches us that the true test of our love for God is seen in how we love others. We want our children to build this kind of solid, long-lasting, God-glorifying relationships with their peers at church.
- Love All People (Lev. 19:18; Luke 10:25-37)
The love of God does not set limits on who we are to love. The reality of our forgiveness in Christ and the gospel mission of the church compel us to love all people. This means that we show them the same kind of mercy that we have been shown in Christ. A child’s world is very small. We want to help our children see how BIG God’s kingdom is and that there are many people who need to see, hear, and feel His love for them in Christ.
- Do Not Love Their Lives (Heb. 11; Mark 8:34-36; Phil. 3:8)
Our children are constantly bombarded with the message that they should live for themselves, and fulfill every fleeting desire. God’s call is radically different. He calls them to take up the cross and follow Him. Following Him means giving their lives for the gospel and finding Christ to be their all-satisfying treasure. We pray that this will be the desire of every member of Grace, and that our children will grow to see the “surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.” (Phil. 3:8)
Children’s Sunday School Classes
Our primary emphasis during this time is training up children in the word of God. For detailed information about classes, click here.
Classes offered for Infants-Pre-K only.
9:30am & 11:00am
Classes offered for Infants-5th grade.
Grace Partners…Welcoming People of All Abilities
Our desire is to include all children in worship and Sunday School with peers their own age, as an essential part of the Body of Christ. We have a trained team ready to assist any children and young adults in our classes who need special attention. Our team is called Grace Partners because we want to partner with children, with families, and with our teachers to train up all children in the word of God and to come alongside families facing challenges that create an extra opportunity to see God at work.
If you have a child that we could assist, if you would like to be involved with our team, or if you have questions, please contact Jason Miller, Pastor of Children & Families.
Some special activites offered during the year include Vacation Bible School, Parent/Child dedications, monthly “Connect For…” fellowships for 3rd-5th graders, and parenting seminars.
Because we recognize that we are a reflection of God’s love to those in our care, we take seriously our responsibility to provide a safe environment for the children who attend Grace Community Church. This includes a Child Protection Policy, under which screening of all teachers and workers takes place.