Equipping Youth, Children, and Families to Grow Together
We seek to partner with families so that children can grow in faith. We believe families are the primary people from whom children learn what it means to be a follower of God. Therefore, we are dedicated to encouraging families to develop caring relationships that foster growth and service so that together we can show children what it means to be a disciple.
How can my child get connected?
Sprouts are our 4th-6th graders and they meet on the first and fourth Sunday of the month (barring holidays, or other major school breaks). This is a youth-group-style group that starts with dinner before moving on to our activities.
Sunday School is where children spend time learning their Bible basics. We use Spark Lectionary as our curriculum to help children connect what they learn from the Bible to worship. Spark Lectionary lessons follow the liturgical calendar, they don’t repeat in a three-year cycle, and they help the children engage scripture in age appropriate ways. Most importantly, our Sunday School is a smaller group of children that allows our leaders to build relationships and make connections beyond Sunday School.
There are three children’s classes on Sunday morning that meet from 10:15 – 11.
• Seeds | Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st grade (Children's Wing C107)
• Acorns | 2nd and 3rd grade (Children's Wing C101)
• Sprouts | 4th, 5th, and 6th grade (Shrader Youth Center Y201)
During the Saturday 5:30 service and the Sunday 9 & 11:00 services we offer a special worship service for children ages 4-3rd grade. Children are dismissed to Super Church in the Tree House where they have a children’s sermon and share in parts of worship such as music, communion, etc. In short, Super Church is about helping children engage in an age appropriate worship environment. During our last 15 minutes, children are allowed to pick from reading, art, or manipulatives to close out our time.
We have a newly designed Children and Youth Corner! In this corner you will find information on events, materials for children and youth, and the Super Church sign in computer.
In the front lobby there is a children’s corner which has children’s bulletins for ages 3-6 and 7-12 as well as activity sheets. There are also a variety of age appropriate Bibles and Bible stories. Please feel free to get whatever you need for the service.
Children in the 3rd – 6th Grades are able to serve as an acolyte during our 9:00 a.m. Worship Service. They bring in the light of Christ and carry the Word of God.
Grace Church provides supervised nursery care for infants and children up through age 3 on Saturday evening, Sunday morning and for special services. Diana Rairdon and Amber Brown are our current staff persons supervising this ministry.
Children's Ministry is different than so many other ministries of the church because we are one of the few in which those we serve cannot volunteer to lead the events we host. There are many places where volunteers can serve and minister to the children. Sunday School, Super Church, Sprouts, and annual events are all places where volunteers are vital to what we do. We also have some behind the scenes ways people who want to serve in the Children's Ministry can do without having to be front and center. For more information please contact Sarah Cordero.
3rd Sunday, 5-7pm, Price Hall
Family Nights occur on the third Sunday of the month at Grace Church and is open to all families. For more information please contact the following three people: Jake Brooks at firstname.lastname@example.org, Sarah Cordero at email@example.com, and Pastor Jenothy Irvine firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHILI COOK-OFF & BAKE-OFF
Sunday, February 10, 10:15a Price Hall
The Children's Ministry is having our annual Chili Cook-off and Bake-off on Sunday, Feb 10th.
This is a fundraiser that we have each year. Starting this year our fundraiser will be sponsoring a scholarship for the youth mission trip in memory of Emma Moore.
If you would like the participate by entering a chili or a baked good then please let the Children's Ministry know by either commenting on the Facebook event, signing up on the Children's Ministry table in the lobby, or by emailing the Director of Children's Ministry at email@example.com.
Once you have entered you will be provided with more information about the contest.
Grace United Methodist Church
1300 E Adams Dr,
Franklin, IN 46131
Saturday: 5:30pm Casual Service
Sunday: 9:00am Traditional, 11:00am Contemporary, 11:00am Youth Led