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:

SUNDAY EXPERIENCE FOR YOUR KIDS:

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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SUNDAY SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

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 janice@grace4families.com or 973-347-0667 ext. 22

Bible memory challenge

ages 2-6th grade

We would love to hear from you as your child learns these bible verses at home.  A small prize will be given for each verse memorized, you can tell your verse to any of the Children’s ministries staff  and have your brochure checked off.  Any child who learns all their age appropriate verses will be put in for a drawing of a larger prize.   This memory challenge starts in September and ends in June, we hope that reinforcement is ongoing.  Last day to say a verse to a leader is Sunday, June 25.

Bible memory challenge ages 2-6th grade (DOWNLOAD HERE)

PARENTING RESOURCE CENTER

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. 

<<CLICK HERE>> FOR A LIST OF RESOURCES

 ONCE UPON A STORYTIME

WHEN:  THURSDAY MORNINGS, 10:00 A.M. to 11:30 A.M.                                                                                           (NOT CURRENTLY MEETING... WILL RESUME IN THE FALL)
WHO:  Parents and children, ages 1  1/2 to 5
COST:  Free, however, you do need to register!

PARENTS:  Looking for a place to bring your preschooler during the week?  Want to make connections with other parents who are home during the day?  Come to Once Upon a Storytime, an interactive story time for you and your little one.  Designed for kids 11/2 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.  You can also DOWNLOAD A REGISTRATION FORM.  For more information or to register your child, contact Sarah DiMeo at sarah@grace4families.com or 973-347-0667 ext. 12.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL (VBS) 

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

Register here to volunteer and to participate: 

https://kideventpro.lifeway.com/mychurch/?id=39171

SUMMER & SPECIALS:  

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!

July 12:  Children’s Ministries will be hosting a trip to the Turtle Back Zoo for the fifth year in a row!  This is one of our most popular events in Children’s Ministries.  Purchase your tickets in advance in the Church lobby on Sundays.  The cost is $9 per person.  Meet us Wednesday, July 12, at 9:30 a.m. at the zoo, and we will enter the zoo as a group.  For more information, contact Susan McDermott at susan@grace4families.com or 973-347-0667 ext. 35.

August 16:  Water Day, 12:00 - 4:00 P.M., Grace Church Parking Lot, Free (Rain date August 23)

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 susan@grace4families.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 janice@grace4families.com

Tara DiGiacomo:  Elementary Coordinator, 973-347-0667 ext. 25 or tara@grace4families.com

Susan McDermott:  Preschool Coordinator, 973-347-0667 ext. 35 or susan@grace4families.com

Courtney Kane:  6:00 P.M. Children's Ministries Team Leader, courtney@grace4families.com