CHILDREN'S Ministries

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! 

There are several components we are committed to in everything we do in Children’s Ministries:


Every Sunday we offer a complete children’s program.  We invite you to stop in and see what we are about at 8:15, 9:45, 11:15 A.M. or 6:00 P.M. 

8:15 A.M. SERVICE - We have a breakfast room (room 200) in the upstairs preschool wing for children through early elementary. Your children will enjoy cereal and a time of Bible teaching and games. Our nursery staff at this service is on call to care for your infant. Check in with the breakfast room staff if you need this service.

9:45 A.M. (and) 11:15 A.M. - There are classes for infants through 6th grade. UPSTAIRS: We hold classes for babies through kindergarten ages. DOWNSTAIRS: We have classes first through sixth grade (Club 56 meets at 9:45 A.M.).

6:00 P.M. SERVICE - We have classes for infants through 4th grade. All of the classes meet in the children's wing upstairs. 

DURING ALL SERVICES - We have a mother's room upstairs in room 203. If your child needs to be nursed, changed, or is fussy, you can take care of their needs in this room and still hear the service. 

We hope you enjoy your time with us and feel like part of our family.  

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Children’s Ministries is in need of teachers, helpers, and check-in volunteers.  We have opportunities available for the 9:45 A.M., 11:15 A.M. and the 6:00 P.M. services for all our age groups, infant through 6th grade.  Check out our volunteer board in the Preschool wing and if you are interested, sign up in the lobby or contact Janice Rodland at or 973-347-0667 ext. 22


Do you struggle with parenting?  Need Christian resources?  Children's Ministries has a new 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. 



Sunday, September 3

On September 3, your child will be moving up to the next grade or age level in our Sunday school.  This is an exciting time for us in Grace’s Children Ministries and we want to celebrate and pray for your child and his or her teachers.  At each service on the 3rd, we will gather the kids and the teachers at the front of the church and the elders will pray over them for growth in the Lord and for safety.  The kids will be dropped off at each service as usual and we will guide them to the front of the church at the right time.  If you are a teacher and it’s not your week to help, we ask that you join us for the prayer time anyway. 


WHEN:  THURSDAY MORNINGS, 10:00 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. beginning September 7
WHO:  Parents and children, ages 1  1/2 to 5
COST:  Free, however, you do need to register!

Parents, are you looking for:

  • A safe place to bring your preschooler during the week where they can make friends?
  • A way to make connections with other parents who are home during the day?
  • An introduction to preschool or kindergarten, or a way to enhance your homeschool?

Look no further, beginning September 7, Grace Church will be hosting Once Upon a Storytime, an interactive story time for you and your little one.  Designed for kids 1 ½ to 5, your child will enjoy a typical preschool circle time, which will review the Bible lesson from Sunday, as well as another children’s literature book.  After circle time, we will have the preschool wing converted into centers for your child to learn, rotate and enjoy.

Registration forms are available in the lobby or in the preschool wing July 31 to the end of August. You can also DOWNLOAD A REGISTRATION FORM.  For more information, to find out how you can help or to register your child, contact Sarah DiMeo at or 973-347-0667 ext. 12.


JULY 31-AUGUST 4, 9:30 A.M. TO 12:30 P.M.

Thank you to all our volunteers and for all of the donations.  We couldn't have done it without you!


Children’s Ministries offers other 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!


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 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

Tara DiGiacomo:  Elementary Coordinator, 973-347-0667 ext. 25 or

Susan McDermott:  Preschool Coordinator, 973-347-0667 ext. 35 or

Courtney Kane:  6:00 P.M. Children's Ministries Team Leader,