Faith Formation for All Ages
** Most all of our Faith Formation are meeting online! Please visit the Children's Ministry, Youth Ministry or Adult Education Pages for more information.**
Grace Church is committed to providing children, teens and adults with diverse, enriching, faith-enhancing Christian educational opportunities, with revitalization of our Children's and Family Ministries at the forefront of that commitment. Grace is an inclusive, welcoming church. Our Open Doors Ministry provides support to individuals with special needs, so that all persons can worship and fully participate in life at church.
For children aged two through fifth grade, we offer age-appropriate Sunday School classes at 9:15 a.m. As an extension of our 11 a.m. service, we offer Children's Time for children in kindergarten through 5th grade. We also offer children three through 4th grade a week-long summer Vacation Bible School, a six-week human sexuality course for 5th and 6th grade boys and girls beginning in January, and special family opportunities throughout the year. Click Children for further information.
Youth in grades 6-12 are integrated into our Youth Ministry program which includes Confirmation for our eighth grade students beginning each year in September.
Adults at Grace enjoy a broad variety of Sunday School classes as well as mid-week book and/or Bible studies, Disciple courses through our Adult Faith Formation offerings. Our Grace Church Library offers church members resources of all kinds, available for check-out any time.
Children's Faith Formation
Sundays, 9:15 a.m.
Childcare for infants and toddlers available 7:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Grace Church's commitment to revitalizing Children's and Family Ministry is paramount, with children's Christian Education and Sunday School at the forefront of that commitment. During worship on Sundays, safe, loving childcare for infants and toddlers is available 7:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Sunday School is available for children ages two through 12th grade at 9:15 a.m. in various age-appropriate classrooms. Year round, children explore God's Word and learn how to live God's Word through music, crafts, Bible stories and other age appropriate activities.
Vacation Bible School
Every June Vacation Bible School sees hundreds of children participate in a week-long morning program for preschool and kindergarten through 4th grade. Vacation Bible School includes Bible stories, drama, music, mission projects, and crafts to help children learn more about our Christian faith.
Human Sexuality Classes
Every winter a course for parents and children in grades 5 and 6 offers information on human sexuality in the context of a loving relationship with a caring God. Dates for 2018 coming soon.
Throughout the Year...
Because Grace is committed to providing events and opportunities that enrich the entire family, we offer "Fun in Faith" events for children and their families throughout the year. These include a Fall Festival Celebration in the fall, our Advent Wreath Making event in November, "Kids Camp In" events throughout the year (when kids "camp in" with food and fun activities while parents go out!), age-appropriate mission opportunities, and our All Church Picnic in July, which features games and activities for children, a Moon Jump, and lively children's entertainment.
- All-Church Faith Formation (Fellowship Hall): on the first Sunday, every other month, all visitors and members of Grace UMC are invited to come together in Fellowship Hall for a presentation and conversation on a wide array of relevant topics. Please contact Pastor Daniel or one of the leaders listed below for scheduling and topic information. Contct Pastor Daniel Cochran (Daniel.firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
- Coming Home (Room 226): a seasonal group meeting during the summer and over the holidays designed for college students and young adults. Our casual conversations are geared toward growing in fellowship and engaging with the intersection of life and faith. Contact Brentley Loufek (email@example.com) for more information.
- The Forum Class (Fireside Room): a faithful and welcoming group that enjoys a spirited study of the scriptures as well as presentations from guest speakers, often incorporating discussion and thought-provoking audio/visual material. Contact Robin Schmuckal (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
- Hearts on Fire (Room 250): gathers each Sunday morning with a welcoming atmosphere to share in fun but challenging and meaningful discussions around faith, discipleship, marriage, parenting, etc. Contact Bob Pacanowski (email@example.com) for more information.
- New Connections (Gathering Space): a place for young adults and parents to connect through fellowship and formation. In addition to Sunday studies on everything from the scriptures to parenting practices, New Connections offers regular social gatherings. Conact Dr. Jeffrey Barbeau (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
- Portico Collective (Room 231): a welcoming “come as you are” group for all-ages, Portico is a safe place to wrestle with your doubts and questions. We meet on Sundays at 9:15 for a book discussion and on Wednesday evenings during the school year at 5:00 for a casual check-in conversation. Contact Traci Weilemann, (email@example.com) for more information.
- Questors (Room 254): welcomes all adults to participate in Sunday presentations and discussions focused on the Bible and contemporary issues. Questors also offers an array of mission and fellowship opportunities. Contact Roger Hendrickson (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
- Open Hearts and Minds — Room 232. A diverse but progressive group that explores various theological and social perspectives on the Christian message. All are invited! Contact Becky Lindsay (email@example.com) or Bill Lindsay (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
- Round Table Conversations — Activity Center. An occasional gathering offered immediately following the “9:00Gathering” contemporary worship service. This is a wonderful opportunity for those who attend this service to grow in faith and fellowship through small-group discussions around various topics. Contact Lynn Leitzen (email@example.com) for more information.
- Sisters Bible Study — 1- 2:30 p.m., Room 254. An intergenerational group of women engages in spirited discussions of books and studies focused on spiritual formation, led by Pastor Cindy Marino. Contact Pastor Cindy Marino (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
- Progressive Christianity — 7-8 p.m., Room 254. Open discussion of various non-traditional theological ideas. Contact Linda Rings (email@example.com) for more information.
- Portico Collective — 5-6 p.m., Room 231. All-ages, drop-in discussion group led by Chris Weilemann. A great place to wrestle with your doubts and questions. Contact Traci Weilemann (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
- Sisters Evening Bible Study — 7-8 p.m., Fireside Room. Come experience an early Advent and Christmas with Mary. Contact Sandy Bray (email@example.com) for more information.
- Thursday Bible Study- 9:30 -10:30 a.m., Room 254. “Disciple Fast Track” is a 12-week adaptation of the original, bestselling “Disciple Bible Study: Becoming Disciples through Bible Study.” It is created to be ideal for busy people who still want to make time to grow in their relationship with Christ. Contact Pastor Doug Bowden (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.