Life is a journey. We walk this journey as children, youth, and adults. A strong relationship with God shapes our journey, allowing us to find our identity, seek belonging, and come to know our purpose. Having people of faith in our lives helps to answer the important questions: Who am I? Where do I belong? What am I here for?
Youth ministry at Grace strives to walk with young people from 6th – 12th grades as they begin to answer these questions for themselves while learning from other people of faith.
Our Open Doors Ministry provides support to individuals with special needs, so that all persons can worship and fully participate in life at church.
Confirmation in the United Methodist Church is an important step in our spiritual journeys. We may consider Confirmation as our response to God's call upon our lives celebrated at our baptism. Confirmation, in other words, is an opportunity to respond to the grace of God available to us, as acknowledged in baptism, and to promise to live as a person of faith. Confirmation, then, is not the culmination of Sunday School but rather the very beginning of the lifelong journey of discipleship.
Grace Church has traditionally offered a rich Confirmation Program for 8th grade students. The curriculum covers important beliefs and practices of our Christian faith and our Methodist tradition. We also take field trips to other religious communities in order to learn about their beliefs and practices so that we may be more loving neighbors. Confirmation concludes with a weekend retreat where participants have time to reflect upon and pray over their decision to join the church and commit to a life of discipleship.
Confirmation 2019-20: This years’ confirmation age group at Grace is one of those smaller classes that comes along every few years. In addition to an unusually small field from which to draw, we experienced a low response to our Confirmation mailing over the summer. For these reasons, Grace Church has decided to do a combined class in 2020-21, inviting this year's potential students to join next year's students creating a class of 8th and 9th graders at that time We invite all of this year's potential students to join next year's class in 2020-21 when we will have a combined class of 8th and 9th graders. Our hope with taking this approach is that we will still be able to offer the small group conversations, field trips, and retreats that help make Confirmation such an enriching experience with a lasting impact. If you have questions, please contact Pastor Daniel at firstname.lastname@example.org