GraceKIDS

Jesus loves kids and so do we!

At Grace, every child has an opportunity to take part in age-appropriate programs designed to promote understanding of God’s Word and love for Jesus Christ. GraceKIDS offers programs from birth–Grade 4 on Sunday mornings at 9:00 and 10:45. Teams of trained, loving adults and teens make Sunday mornings welcoming, fun, and spiritually meaningful for children of all ages.

Sunday Mornings

Kids are learning the big picture of God’s story through The Gospel Project for Kids!

The Gospel Project for Kids immerses kids in the Gospel through every story, theological concept, and call to mission from Genesis to Revelation. Ultimately, the Gospel message changes everything; heart transformation can only take place when a child experiences the Gospel. Through The Gospel Project for Kids, elementary kids and preschoolers will understand the Bible is not just a collection of stories, but one unified story — God’s story of redemption.

What’s more powerful than the curriculum? The relationships developed with other kids, godly adults, and Jesus Christ!

Our Sunday morning format for kids in Preschool–Grade 4 will move kids through three segments: Small Groups → Large Group → Small Groups. Arriving during large group time, even though engaging, can be daunting for kids when they enter. Arriving at your child’s classroom on time enables your child to interact with other kids throughout all segments of the morning, developing and strengthening friendships and fellowship. Kids who have friends at church want to be here! We urge you to arrive on time.

What Can My Child Expect?

Infants, Toddlers, & Two-Year-Olds

9:00 & 10:45 a.m.

Our ministry for infants, toddlers, and two-year-olds exists to provide a safe, loving environment where children feel comfortable at church and begin to know who God is. We provide parents with an opportunity to worship, serve, and learn so that they can disciple their own children to trust in Jesus, know His Word, and live out their faith.

While in GraceKIDS, toddlers and two-year-olds will participate in fun, short times of Bible learning, singing, and reinforcement activities. Continuous care between services is provided.


Ages 3–Kindergarten

9:00 & 10:45 a.m.

Preschoolers and kindergarteners will learn that the Bible is one big story about God’s love for them through Jesus Christ. The large group gathering will bring Bible stories to life through engaging teaching, video, and praise time. Hands-on activities in small groups will help kids build friendships while reinforcing the point of the lessons.

Continuous care is offered between services to enable parents to worship and serve.


Grades 1–4

9:00 & 10:45 a.m.

Elementary kids will gain a clear understanding of the entire Gospel story — how all of Scripture points to the good news about Jesus. A team of actors and/or teachers will lead large group gathering with dramatic teaching using props, visuals, music, and missions focus. During small group times, kids will build relationships with their leaders and each other while participating in hands-on activities that reinforce and apply Bible learning.

Continuous care is offered between services to enable parents to worship and serve.

You can you continue the learning experience at home! Make use of these resources.

Pick up the weekly activity page or big picture card for your child to take home. It provides the main point, Christ connection, and key passage.

Like us on Facebook! Find a brief summary from Sunday’s lesson by visiting our Facebook page.

Download the FREE app! Get the Gospel Project for KIDS app on the Apple App Store or Google Play for games, main points, Scripture references, and coloring activities which reinforce Bible learning each week.

Wednesday Evenings

Kids are having a blast playing games and learning Scripture at Awana!

Approved workmen are not ashamed!

2 Timothy 2:15

Kids can’t wait!

It seems like kids hurtle toward adulthood faster every year. And they won’t wait for you to introduce them to what God’s Word has to say about life. Awana reaches kids where they’re at and walks alongside them in their faith journey. Those kids who come to faith at an early age discover God’s purpose for their lives and hope for the future. Ministry leaders and parents witness the profound impact Awana has in reaching kids with the Gospel and watching them grow as long-term disciples. That’s why so many families and leaders have returned year after year, week after week, for more than three generations. We hope you’ll find that Awana can help you raise kids to have lasting faith in Christ.

Awana is a global nonprofit ministry committed to the belief that the greatest impact for Christ starts with kids who know, love, and serve Him.

Clubs are geared to specific age groups: Puggles (Preschool), Sparks (Kindergarten–Grade 2), and Truth & Training (Grades 3–4).

Walk-in registrations are always welcome for Awana.

For more information please contact Paul Gifford.

The Gospel is always the main focus of Awana.

Awana provides the solid foundation that young people need to grow into adults who know, love and serve the Lord Jesus Christ. Clubs feature fun and flexible Scripture-based programs that build upon one another from age 3 through Grade 4. Game Time is the hallmark of fun during club. Large group time and small group time make Scripture exciting with high-energy songs, funny skits, compelling Bible messages and engaging leaders.

When is Awana?

  • Our Awana Open House is August 29, 2018. This is a very important evening for both children and parents/guardians to attend! Families walk through the night together, meet leaders, get started with their handbook or entrance booklet, and can even register online. The Awana season runs through May 1, 2019.
  • Awana meets Wednesday evenings from 6:45–8:15 p.m. We start promptly so your child can get the most out of club time! Download the 2018–19 calendar for more dates and fun events at Awana!
  • Early registration is highly recommended so your child can receive the Awana GO Card and you can purchase your child’s supplies by the second week.

Is there a cost for Awana?

An annual registration fee of $30 helps cover a portion of the badges, stickers, entrance booklets, awards, snacks, crafts, and equipment throughout the year. This does not cover handbooks, bags/string backpacks or vests/shirts. Awana handbooks, bags/string backpacks, and vests/shirts are available for purchase in the Grace Bookstore & Café. These items are not covered in the registration fee. An Awana GO Card is required at time of purchase.

After registration or for kids new to a club, an Awana GO Card will be provided by the Director or Secretary. This card notes the items your child is ready to purchase. The Awana GO Card is required at time of purchase to ensure the that each child receives the correct items. Please take the Awana GO Card to the Grace Bookstore & Café at your earliest convenience. The sooner you are able to purchase your child’s items, the more motivated your child will remain!

Puggles (Formerly Little Lambs)
Ages birth–3, not yet potty-trained, 6:45 p.m., EC129

Puggles is available for children of parents currently serving or taking classes at Grace Polaris Church on Wednesday evenings. Meeting concurrently with Awana, Puggles helps children learn through play time, music, crafts, and interactive Bible lessons that stress one main point each month. No fee. Please register your child prior to attending. In order to provide safe, quality care for the children, there are no walk-ins for Puggles.

Please register your child prior to attending.

For more information please contact Sonya Valentine.

Special Needs Ministry

Blessing those who have special needs with the love of Jesus!

Buddy Class

Sunday Mornings at 10:45

Our Buddy Classes are specially designed to offer children with special needs a place to engage in enjoyable Bible lessons and activities without the over-stimulation of a large group setting. Lifeway’s Access special needs curriculum is used to point the students to Jesus and help them know and understand God’s Word.

Quest Class

Sunday Mornings at 10:45

Quest is for high school students and young adults with special needs. A typical Sunday morning includes Bible study, fellowship time, and gym time. Students will deepen their understanding of who they are in Christ through discussion of God’s Word.

Jewel Class

Sunday Mornings at 10:45

The Jewel class is specially designed for adults with special needs. God’s love for every person, Bible truths, prayer, discussion, and life issues are part of each Sunday.

Classroom Assistance

Sunday Mornings at 10:45

Upon request assistance in other children’s classrooms can be provided. If needed, the GraceKIDS staff will make every effort to match a volunteer aid with your child.

Recharge

Saturday Evenings Once a Month

Parents of kids with special needs, you’ve earned a break! Recharge your batteries while your child and his siblings are lovingly cared for…including fun activities and a pizza dinner! If this will be your family’s first time at Recharge, then visit GracePolaris.org/Recharge to learn more, contact us, and register. The registration deadline occurs the week before each event. New families should prepare to stay with their child the first time so that everyone feels comfortable. We look forward to serving your family!