Children's ministry


Children's ministry

Faith formation for children 

Children and families of all shapes and sizes are welcome at Grace, in worship, at special events and in activities just for them.

Sunday worship

Children are welcome in worship services at Grace. Most Sundays they come forward to sit on the chancel steps with the pastor and hear a children's message just for them.

Church nursery. Childcare is available in the church nursery for children 4 and under during worship services and during the Sunday Education Hour from 9:45–10:45am.

Children are also welcome at fun congregation events such as Oktoberfest, and at faith formation programs especially for children and teens

Sunday School  

Curriculum news and more for 2017-18 Sunday School and Confirmation ministry

2017-18 schedule for Sunday School, Pre-Confirmation and Confirmation

Register for Sunday School and Pre-Confirmation here

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

Fourth grade students meet with the pastors weekly at 9:45am on Sunday mornings in Lent, to learn about  Holy Communion, in preparation for receiving the sacrament for the first time on Palm Sunday. Children who may already be receiving communion participate in these classes with their peers. (For more information about children and communion, please talk with the pastors.)

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


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