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.
What are kids 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?
How 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. A version is also provided for kids in preschool and older. For more features, purchase the 99¢ app, which includes additional activities and theme songs. Is your child asking questions about trusting Jesus? An easy-to-use Gospel presentation is also provided!
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. There is a fee which ranges from $40–50.
Walk-in registrations are always welcome!
Clubs are geared to specific age groups:
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?
- Kickoff is September 6, 2017, and is a very important evening for both children and parents to attend! The Awana season runs through May 2, 2018.
- 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 2017–18 calendar for more dates and fun events at Awana!
- Early registration is highly recommended so your child can have all their supplies by the second week. Cubbies parents are required to remain on campus each Wednesday evening for safety purposes.
Little Lambs (Ages birth–3, not yet potty-trained)
6:45 p.m., EC129
Little Lambs is available for children of parents currently serving or taking classes at Grace Polaris Church on Wednesday evenings. Meeting concurrently with Awana, Little Lambs 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 Little Lambs.
Early Childhood Center
At the Grace Early Childhood Center, we know that a high-quality early childhood education benefits children. That’s why we align our program and curriculum with federal and state guidelines and are state-licensed through the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. It’s our desire to provide you and your child with a quality early childhood education experience.
- A state-of-the-art facility
- Loving, educated, and qualified teachers
- Exploration and discovery
- Individual attention
- Engaging activities
- Balanced quiet and active times
Special Needs Ministry
Sunday mornings, 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.
Sunday mornings, 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.
Sunday mornings, 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.
Sunday mornings, 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.
Recharge! is a program offered to families of children with special needs as well as their siblings. Mom and dad get an opportunity to be rejuvenated while their children (those with special needs and those without) have fun at church with a group of caring volunteers. The children make new friends, listen to a Bible story, enjoy a craft, play in the WOW Room, and eat dinner together. This program is offered periodically throughout the year from 4:00–7:30 p.m. on certain Saturdays.
GraceKIDS Christmas Choir
Sunday Rehearsals Run October 8–December 9
Sunday, October 8, 4:00 p.m., DC hallway
Sundays, October 15–December 9, 5:00 p.m., WC1 & WC11–13
All kids ages four (as of September 30) through Grade 6 are invited to participate in our Christmas production, How Far Is It to Bethlehem?, on Saturday, December 9! Our story follows two orphan stable boys who journey with the Magi to find the child born “King of the Jews” in Bethlehem.
About the Musical
How far is it to Bethlehem? Well, from Jerusalem, it was only about five miles in biblical times. Yet, for several months, the evil King Herod, who lived in Jerusalem, did not get the memo that the REAL King of the Jews had been born in Bethlehem. It took foreigners, wise men from the East, who had followed a star, to break the news to Herod. Of course, when Herod found out about this threat to his throne, he was not happy! Oh, he was able to control his anger in front of his guests. He even asked the wise men to stop back by after they found the newborn King because he wanted to worship Him, too. But that was not his real reason for wanting to find this King, remember? Read Matthew 2 and find out what happened!
In this dramatic musical, we take a few liberties with the biblical story. We figure that a man like Herod would never let the wise men go to Bethlehem without sending spies to check it out. That’s where our characters, Josiah and Amos, come in. They are told to blend into the caravan and find out what they can about this Child who was born “King of the Jews.” The boys meet friends in the caravan, trying to cover the real reason for their travels. In the end, though, one of the boys sees and believes that Jesus is really the Messiah. The other follows Herod’s orders and returns with the news.
Imagine yourself in this position. Would you have seen this Child, believed, and surrendered your life to Him? We pray that God will open your eyes and let you see Jesus!
Neighborhood Bible Clubs
VBS in your backyard?
Vacation Bible School at Grace may have happened in June, but you can reach neighborhood kids for Christ right in your own backyard at any time! It’s called Neighborhood Bible Club! With these FREE materials, kids will hear Gospel presentations, learn Bible stories and songs, play games, and do hands-on activities to reinforce what they’re learning. You can choose from six different themes.