Faith formation for children
Age 3 through 4th grade
Sunday School classes meet at 9:45am on Sunday mornings, from September through May. Sunday School opens with songs and story-telling in the third-floor school commons. Children then move into classrooms for age-group activities related to the lesson. The youngest students (age 3 and 4) meet in Grace's preschool classroom to hear Bible stories, make crafts and sing songs.
The Sunday School curriculum follows the lectionary (the scripture lessons appointed for Sunday worship throughout the church year). Children study the same Bible stories that are read and preached about in worship services.
Older students (grades 5–8) participate in confirmation instruction
First Communion instruction
Friday, March 8, 5:30–9pm
Saturday, March 9, 9am–Noon
Fourth graders and their parents are invited to attend the Communion Retreat, led by Grace's pastors. It's an opportunity to learn about the sacrament of Holy Communion. Children who already receive communion are encouraged to attend the retreat along with their peers.
At the retreat students create a clay chalice to commemorate this important milestone in their faith life. Students also decorate a white garment with symbols of their life and faith.
Students will receive communion during worship services on Palm Sunday, April 14, and their garments and chalices will be on display during Family Sunday activities in Fellowship Hall at 9:45am. Students will have the opportunity to share their stories with other parents and children.
Please take a few minutes to let us know that you and your child are coming by registering here. If you have questions about the retreat, please contact Julie Modrich (708-366-6900 ext 229; ).
Vacation Bible School
Each June, shortly after school gets out, children ages 4 through rising sixth graders enjoy a full week of fun in Vacation Bible School. Classes meet in the morning. An extended day option is available for a fee for families who need childcare in the afternoon.
Julie Modrich, Grace's Children's Ministry Coordinator, is in charge of Sunday School, Confirmation, and Vacation Bible School. She welcomes volunteers! Contact her at