Faith Formation for All Ages
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 9:30 a.m. As an extension of our 11:00 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.
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 Christian Education
Sundays, 9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
Childcare for infants and toddlers available 8:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.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 8:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Sunday School is available for children ages two through 12th grade at 9:30 a.m. in various age-appropriate classrooms. At 11:00 a.m., youngsters are invited to join in a special children's time during worship in the sanctuary, followed by Children's Time in the Chapel with an adult leader. 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 July 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 2016 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.
Adult Christian Education
Sunday School Classes
9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Confirmation Parents 9:30 a.m. Sundays, Room 232, September through May. For parents of confirmation students; focuses on parenting issues, tenets/history of United Methodism, teen safety, etc.
Hearts on Fire! 9:30 a.m. Sundays, Room 250. Couples and singles. Discussion follows each session.
Forum 9:30 a.m. Sundays, Fireside Room. For couples and singles of all ages. Spirited lessons including guest speakers, Bible study, class discussion, and thought-provoking audio/visuals.
Questors 9:30 a.m. Sundays, Room 254. Adults. Long-standing, open-discussion class focusing on contemporary Christian issues, Bible studies, and practical application of faith.
New Connections 9:30 a.m. Sundays, Room 227. Open to all ages, new people welcome. Join this dynamic new class, engaging in thought-provoking studies and discussions throughout the year.
Open Hearts and Minds 11:00 a.m. Sundays, Room 250. Led by Revs. Don Niswonger and Dr. Carol Findon, this class focuses on ground-breaking Christian studies that explore what a meaningful faith can look like in today's world.
Special Guest Speakers Throughout the year, noted theologians and/or clergy visit Grace and address all of our adult Sunday School classes as a whole, typically at the 9:30 hour. These speakers are often clergy men or women from other states or countries, and many of them preach from the pulpit at a Saturday or Sunday worship service during the time of their visit.
Disciple is a program of disciplined, in-depth Bible study over a period of 30+ weeks, focusing on the disciples as learner, believer, follower, proclaimer and servant.
Mid-Week Small Group Studies
Faith Formation for Adults offers several opportunities to meet God and grow in your faith beyond the scope of Sunday School or sanctuary worship.
Monday Afternoon Sisters Bible Study, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m., Room 254. Intergenerational group of women engages in spirited discussions of books and studies focused on spiritual formation, led by Pastor Tammy Scott.
Theology Pub, Future dates TBD, held at multiple off-site locations, led by Pastor Matthew Johnson.