At Grace we value children and families. The Children’s Ministries team of staff and volunteers do everything in their power to make sure that each child is cared for in every way possible. We want you as a parent to know that we want your child to have a great experience here at church that is geared to his/her individual age and interest. In all we do, our vision remains to raise up generations of families that are built to last!
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There are several components we are committed to in everything we do in Children’s Ministries:
SUNDAY EXPERIENCE FOR YOUR KIDS:
We invite you to stop in and see what Sunday School is about at 9:45 A.M. in Netcong, 10:30 A.M. in Randolph, 11:15 A.M. in Netcong or 6:00 P.M in Netcong.
9:45 A.M. & 11:15 A.M. (Netcong) - There are classes for infants through 5th grade.
10:30 A.M. (Bethlehem/Randolph) - There are classes for infants through 5th grade.
6:00 P.M. (Netcong) - We have classes for infants through 5th grade. All of the classes meet in the children's wing upstairs.
DURING ALL SERVICES - We have a mother's room upstairs in Netcong, Room 203 or the Nursery at Bethlehem/Randolph. If your child needs to be nursed, changed, or is fussy, you can take care of their needs in this room.
We hope you enjoy your time with us and feel like part of our family.
PARENTING RESOURCE CENTER
Do you struggle with parenting? Need Christian resources? Children's Ministries has a Resource Center where you will be able to borrow relevant books and materials that will be helpful in navigating this whole parenting thing. Check it out in the Preschool Wing of the Church.
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interested in volunteering?
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FRIDAY NIGHT CLUBS
Pioneer Girls - For Girls K-8TH GRADE
Friday Nights, beginning September 20, Bethlehem/Randolph Campus, Room 207, 7:00-8:45 P.M. Pioneer Clubs' mission is to train up girls and youth to follow Christ in every aspect of life by providing biblically based and educationally sound resources. This Christ-centered program integrates spiritual and personal development to help children build healthy relationships with caring Christian adults, peers and, most importantly, Christ. We chose Pioneer Clubs (informally called Pioneer Girls at Grace Church) as a ministry among girls (K-8) for its participative Bible study, Scripture memory, life skills training and emphasis on relational discipleship and outreach. This program runs from mid-September through mid-May. Any questions or to register, contact Brenda Bode at email@example.com.
Christian Service Brigade - FOR BOYS 1sT-12TH gRADE
Friday Nights, beginning September 20, Bethlehem/Randolph Campus, 7:00-8:45 P.M. Christian Service Brigade (CSB) meets from mid-September through mid-May. This ministry equips boys, young men and men to grow closer to the Lord. “Boys think, learn, mature, and play differently than girls. Experts tell us boys require more space and have a shorter attention span than most girls. The traditional classroom model has proven ineffective in impacting boys and young men and mentoring them toward genuine spiritual formation.” csbministries.org/why-brigade/
CSB is a structured program and the meeting has multiple components. (Group opening including prayer and flag salute, games, crafts, squad or post meetings which include going over achievements, Bible study and reflection, closing.) Special events where we partner with other churches in the area like West Point Cadet/hockey night, Pinewood derby, Leadership seminars, etc.. Other activities include campouts, canoeing, hikes, game nights, lock-ins (sleepovers), bon fires, bring a friend night, etc. CSB provides a great opportunity to have an outreach in a fun, simple manner. We averaged 30-40 kids during the 2018 year.
Stockade (Fellowship Hall) – Ages include boys from 3rd through 6th grade.
Battalion (Gym) – Ages include young men from 7th through 12th grade.
Tree Climbers – This is a Father-Son program for boys in 1st and 2nd grade.
Fathers attend the meeting. This allows for developing and strengthening of the father-son bond in a Christian environment. As James Dobson states “Many parents are reluctant or ill equipped to teach their boys what masculinity really means… Chief among our concerns is the mentoring that dads should be providing.” Bringing Up Boys
The Tree Climber programs helps equip the fathers. This program is in need of a leader.
The Leaders and Assistant Leaders are subject to background checks executed by the church office in accordance with the Child protection requirements. Any questions or to register, contact Scott Greenfield at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUMMER AND SPECIAL EVENTS:
Children’s Ministries offers a variety of activities and events through the summer and other times during the year. We have a Vacation Bible School and a variety of summer programs, like water day and outings to keep kids happy through the summer. Watch for upcoming events!
CONTACT CHILDREN’S MINISTRY TEAM:
If you have a child/children in Children’s Ministries Preschool through 4th grades, you should be receiving the Parent Connect, our weekly email with current happenings and a weekly activity pertaining to the week’s lessons. If you would like to receive the Parent Connect Newsletter, please contact Susan McDermott at email@example.com or 973-347-0667 ext. 35 to be added to the list.
You are welcome to contact any one of us for more information on our programs.
Janice Rodland: Coordinator of Children's Ministries, 973-347-0667 ext. 22 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tara DiGiacomo: Bethlehem/Randolph Campus Children’s Ministries Coordinator, 973-347-0667 ext. 25 or email@example.com
Susan McDermott: Netcong Campus Preschool Coordinator, 973-347-0667 ext. 35 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Melissa Randall: Netcong Campus Elementary Coordinator, email@example.com
Courtney Kane: Sunday Evening Children's Ministries Team Leader, firstname.lastname@example.org