Infants, toddlers, children and youth are integral members of the body of Christ. The church is incomplete without them.
At Grace Episcopal we offer a staffed nursery for infants and toddlers and host of programs designed to nurture young people in their faith and involve them in the life of the church:
Children’s Chapel 10 am Sunday mornings
A Montessori-inspired Liturgy of the Word followed by discussion, dramatic interpretation, art-making, and song. Preschoolers-1st graders meet in the Treehouse Library. 2nd-5th graders meet upstairs. Children rejoin the congregation at the Peace.
Middle School Youth Group Sunday evenings
Middle schoolers meet for fellowship & dinner. We worship, pray, and play together, exploring the Word, and engaging in trust-building activities, goofy games, and service projects.
High School Youth Group Sunday evenings
High schoolers meet for dinner & fellowship. We worship, pray, and play together, explore the Word and engage in thoughtful discussion. We use our gifts to support one another and serve our community.
Family Night 5-7 pm Wednesdays
Families with children 5th grade and under are invited to join us for dinner, fellowship, play, and religious education. Religious education programs for preschool-1st graders, 2nd-3rd graders, and 4th-5th graders rotate over the course of the liturgical year and include Godly Play, Book Club, New Games, and Drama.
Community Youth Garden on the Grace Grounds
Young people sow, tend, and harvest organic fruits and vegetables in raised beds they built on site. All produce is donated to community members in need. This is a year-round ministry involving young people of all ages.
Young Women’s Series
A quarterly retreat series in which young women go on guided adventures, practice new skills, develop trusting relationships, and deepen their faith together.
We have a thriving young acolyte program. Young people are trained in and perform the ceremonial duties associated with our liturgical worship.
Young people participate in All Saints Summer Camp, Fall Gathering, Spring Gathering, Bishop’s Ball, Annual Convention, and other Diocesan programs, as well as Province IV service missions. Financial assistance is available for parish children and youth to go to summer camp and gatherings.
Every year Grace children practice and perform a Christmas Eve pageant drawn from the Gospel of Luke and an Epiphany pageant drawn from the Gospel of Matthew. Similarly, Grace youth offer a dramatic representation of the scriptures on Palm Sunday and Good Friday. Young people are always welcome to serve as junior ushers, intercessors, lay readers, choir members, musicians, and on the altar guild.
Other Christian Formation
In addition to the above programs, we offer special classes for young people embarking on Baptism and Confirmation.
For more information about Children’s & Youth Ministries at Grace Episcopal contact Chase Durrance.