KIDS

Vision
In Grace Kids, we know that we serve a God who is bigger and more creative than anything our minds can comprehend, but through His Word, He gave us tangible examples to help us live like Him. Just as God gave us examples, we strive to share His principles in ways children and parent can understand.

Strategy
At Grace Kids, we love kids and want to see each one of them grow and develop a relationship with Jesus, but we know the church can’t do it alone, The church as approximately 40 hours a year to influence a child, while parents have about 3,000 hours a year. By leveraging the influence of parents and finding ways to partner with them in leading their child’s spiritual development, we are able to show kids who God is more effectively than either of us could do alone.

There are two primary influences responsible for the spiritual formation of a generation: the family and the church.

When you combine these two influences, you make a greater impact than either of these influences will make individually.

In Grace Kids, our favorite color is ORANGE because it is the combination of these two colors: Red and Yellow.

There are two things we believe about every parent: Every parent wants to be a better parent and every parent wants to do something more. Based on these two beliefs we strive to provide the very best resources available to assist parents to nurture and expand their child’s relationship with God.

The commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:6-9

Our preschool environment is geared for children ages birth to preschool where everything they experience will invoke WONDER and help them embrace a God who is bigger than their imagination. Three basic truths are reinforced in fun and exciting ways: God Made Me, God Loves Me, Jesus Wants to be My Friend Forever.

Because we know what happens at home is more important than what happens here, we provide you with monthly parent cues that has suggestions on how to reinforce at home what your child experienced during the weekend. A “cue” is simply “what’s next”. You will find information to help you reinforce your child’s learning at home, based on their experience during weekend service in Grace Kids. These monthly cues are available on the counter in each environment and can be accessed here on our webpage under “Parent Resources”.

 

Our elementary environment is where elementary children go to DISCOVER the greatness and everlasting, unchanging love of God. Everything we do is aimed to help them experience who God designed them to be and encourage them to live out their faith! The Elementary environment reinforces 3 Basic Truths: I can trust God no matter what. I need to make the wise choice. I should treat others the way I want to be treated.

Because we know what happens at home is more important than what happens here, we provide you with monthly parent cues that has suggestions on how to reinforce at home what your child experienced during the weekend. A “cue” is simply “what’s next”. You will find information to help you reinforce your child’s learning at home, based on their experience during weekend service in Grace Kids. These monthly cues are available on the counter in each environment and can be accessed here on our webpage under “Parent Resources”.

Elementary children are experiencing some big changes in their life and faith. Each week they will be given a God Time at the end of service. The God Time is created to be the first step in learning how to develop the rhythm of daily devotions. Based on the age of your child, you can do it with them, do quiet time side-by-side to set an example, and be available to assist as needed and encourage and prompt them and/or follow up on it. If your child misses a weekend, you access the God Times here on our webpage under “Parent Resources”.

PRESCHOOL 

Monthly Parent Cues
A “cue” is simply “what’s next”. Each month we will make available Parent Cues associated with different times of the day. You will find information to help you reinforce your child’s learning at home, based on their experience during a weekend service in Grace Kids. Each Parent Cue is designed to fit into the natural rhythm of your day, allowing you to talk about your faith anytime and anywhere – Morning Time, Drive Time, Bath Time, Cuddle Time, and Play Time. By following these simple cues based on Deuteronomy 6:7 — “Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up”— a parent can make the most of everyday moments to instill the building blocks of faith in the heart of your child.

Infant Parent Cue – February

Toddler Parent Cue- February

2-Years thru PreK Parent Cue – February

Monthly Verse
The Monthly Verse has motions to help you practice the verse at home with your child. You will be surprised how quickly your child learns the verse!

Monthly Verse – February

Monthly Placemats
Designed to sit on the table all month long, this placemat/play mat gives you easy access to this month’s key question and bottom line as well as questions to ask each week and hand motions to the Bible verse.

In addition, a space for preschoolers to draw is provided. Turn the mat over and discover a fun game or activity to play together. By using a dry-erase marker or washable marker, it can be wiped clean and used repeatedly.

Monthly Placemat – February

 ELEMENTARY

Monthly Parent Cue
A “cue” is simply “what’s next”. Each month we will make available Parent Cues associated with different times of the day. You will find information to help you reinforce your child’s learning at home, based on their experience during a weekend service in Grace Kids. Each Parent Cue is designed to fit into the natural rhythm of your day, allowing you to talk about your faith anytime and anywhere – Morning Time, Meal Time, Drive Time, and Bed Time. By following these simple cues based on Deuteronomy 6:7— “Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up”—a parent can make the most of everyday moments to instill faith and character in the heart of his or her child.

Monthly Parent Cue K-3 – February

Monthly Parent Cue Preteen- February

Monthly Verse
The Monthly Verse has motions to help you practice the verse at home with your child. You will be surprised how quickly your child learns the verse!

Monthly Verse Elementary – February

Monthly Verse Preteen – February

God-Time
The best way to help your child mature in their relationship with God at every phase is to help them relate to God in their present phase. We are excited to offer three different phase versions of God-Time Cards. Based on the age of your child, you can do it with them, do quiet time side-by-side to set an example, and be available to assist as needed and encourage and prompt them and/or follow up on it.

K/1st grade God-Time – February
2nd/3rd grade God-Time – February
4th/5th grade God-Time – February

 

Parent Cue App

The Parent CUE app provides simple CUES throughout the week that remind you to pause and make the most of everyday moments.
•    Offers CUES for families with preschoolers and elementary-age kids
•    Parent Time section has videos, podcasts, and articles just for parents
•    Videos, activities, and discussion questions link to First Look and 252 Basics material
•    Content updates weekly

PRESCHOOL SCHEDULE
Sunday: Drive Time Wonder Videos and Songs
Monday: Cuddle Time Prayer
Wednesday: Bath Time Activity
Friday: Play Time Activity

ELEMENTARY SCHEDULE
Sunday: Drive Time videos
Tuesday: Meal Time discussion guides
Thursday: Hang Time activity
Friday: Bed Time story

Who will care for my child while I am in a Worship Service?

Because we love children and desire to protect them, Grace Kids requires all individuals working with children to successfully complete an extensive process. Each team member is required to complete an application, reference check, background check, interview with a staff member and a handbook covering safety and security policies. This detailed process ensures that we will provide your child with the best possible care in a safe and secure child-friendly environment.

How do we check in our child?

Grace Kids check in is in the downstairs lobby. If you are a first-time guest, a friendly qualified team member will gather information that is needed to check your child into an age appropriate environment. You will receive three labels – one to place on your child, one for the clipboard in their environment and the third has the security number you will need to pick your child up after service. The same security number is used for all the children in your family who are checked in. In the event we need to contact you during the service, your child’s first name and security number will appear on the screens in the worship center. After service, you will need your security number to pick up your child. If you have multiple children, make sure you hold onto the security tag until your last child is picked up. Children will only be released to a person with a matching security number. If for some reason you have misplaced it, please return to GK Guest Services so a duplicate number can be printed (please be prepared to show your ID).

What time can I drop my child off in their environment?

We require two leaders to be in the environment before they are can receive kids. Our goal is to be ready to receive your child in class 20 minutes before service starts; however, if for some reason a leader is running late, we ask that you wait at the room with your child until they arrive.

Can I go into my child’s environment to help them adjust?

We believe it is best to keep the handing off process brief, however, we understand how at times a parent would want to enter the room to help their child acclimate to their new environment and leaders. We ask that only one parent at a time enters the room. We ask that you stay no longer than 10 minutes. The main reason for this is safety. Our number one value is to protect children with an uncompromising safety process. All our leaders have gone through an extensive process to be approved to work with the children in our care. Because parents have not gone through this process, but will have contact with children that are not their own while they are in the room. For this reason a 10-minute time limit is maintained.

What if we will be at multiple services, do we have to pick our kids up between services?

All children must be picked up between services even if you plan to have them stay for both. This allows the leaders to have a chance to prepare for the upcoming service. You will need to check them in again for the second service.

What is the Grace Kids well child policy?

We operate a well-child environment. For the protection of all the children and team members, we cannot accept a child with green discharge from eyes for nose, fresh cold (3 days or less), fever, rash (excluding diaper rash or allergic reactions), persistent/severe cough, diarrhea, vomiting or any other signs of illness. We ask that you not place your child in their environment while they are at risk of exposing other children. Thank you in advance for helping keep our Grace Kids environments healthy!

What if my child cries or needs me during service?

If your child needs you for any reason during service (feels ill, medical question, etc.) we will put their name and number up on the screen. If your child is having a hard time acclimating or experiencing separation anxiety, our team will do everything in our power to attend to their needs and soothe them. If your child has been crying for 5 minutes, we will contact you by putting your child’s name and number on the screen. If there is something you know would help us make your child feel comfortable (ex, special blanket, pacifier, etc.) please let the leader know when you drop them off. Our goal is for your child to experience a nurturing and caring environment every time they are here.

Are snacks provided for my child?

Nursery environments offer only gluten free cheerios. We ask that you inform your child’s leaders if your child can have cheerios or not. If you stop by the Grace Kids Guest Services, we can update their profile so it will print on their nametag (ex. Can Not Eat Cheerios, Can Eat Cheerios).

2 yr. – PreK environments offer two options for snacks: goldfish crackers and gluten free cheerios. If your child has allergies to either of these, please stop by the Grace Kids Guest Services so we can update their profile so it will print on their nametag.

What if my child has food allergies?

Grace Kids is a nut free environment. If your child has a food allergy please stop by the Grace Kids Guest Services so we can ensure that it will print on their nametag each time they check in. Our team members are trained to check nametags for any allergies before they serve the kids any snacks.

What curriculum is used for the children’s weekend environments?

We use a children’s ministry curriculum from the ReThink Group; First Look for our preschoolers and 252 Kids for our elementary students. We teach the Bible using a combination of large group teaching, interactive praise and worship, scripture memory and engaging small group activities.

The First Look curriculum for preschool (ages birth-PreK) gives children a first impression of their heavenly Father and the wonder of His love for each one of them – God made me, God loves me and Jesus wants to be my friend forever.

The 252 Kids curriculum for elementary (Kindergarten-5th grade) invites kids into the Story of God, to show them the charter of God, all while helping them internalize the 3 Basic Truths – I need to make wise choices, I can trust God no matter what and I should treat others the way I want to be treated.

 

What is Kids Cash and the Grace Kids Store?

Every weekend kids have the opportunity to earn Kids Cash in their environments. They can earn $1 of Kid Cash for each of the following: say their memory verse, bring their Bible, and participating. K-5th graders can earn an extra dollar if they bring back their God Time completed from a previous week. The Kid Cash can be spent at the Grace Kids Store, located off the check-in area, after any weekend service.

 

What should I bring in my child’s diaper bag?

Please include the following items in your child’s diaper bag:

  • A complete change of clothes.
  • Extra disposable diapers or pull ups.
  • A bottle or cup of milk, formula, juice or water.
  • Pacifier, lovey, or other comfort item.

Child  Dedication:

Raising a baby is a really big deal and we are honored to partner with parents from the beginning of their journey. Here at Grace we call our child dedication BabyD. BabyD is a special celebration that honors parents who have committed to raising their child in a loving and Christ-filled home. It is a celebration filled with family, friends, laughter, joy, an important message about parenting, and dessert!

Upcoming BabyD events for 2018

  • May 20, 2018, 6:00pm
  • October 7, 2018, 6:00pm

To register for one of the upcoming BabyD events click the link below

Register for BabyD

BabyD FAQs

Is this an infant baptism?

No. Scripture provides evidence that baptism follows an individual’s decision to trust Jesus alone for salvation (Acts 2:41, 8:12 and 10:47-48). In the Bible we find parents bringing their children to Jesus. He held them, prayed for them and told us to welcome them, but He did not baptize them or tell anyone else to baptize them. This event is an opportunity for you as parents to publicly declare that you want to raise your child to develop their own relationship with Jesus Christ.

What is the biblical purpose for child dedication?

The scriptural root of child dedication is found in

1 Samuel 1:27-28, where a godly woman named Hannah prayed year after year for God to give her a child. He answered her prayer and she gave birth to a son, whom she named Samuel. When Samuel was born, Hannah prayed these words: “For this boy I prayed, and the Lord has given me my petition which I asked of Him. So I have also dedicated him to the Lord; as long as he lives he is dedicated to the Lord.”

A New Testament example is in Luke, chapter 2. Following the birth of Jesus, Mary and Joseph took the infant Jesus to the temple and dedicated Him. In both Scripture passages, the parents entrusted their child completely to God. The writings of    Moses, found in Deuteronomy 6:5-9, describe God’s plan for how a parent should raise up a child: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them to your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”

At Grace, child dedication will help you mark this step as you publicly express your desire to follow these biblical principles.

Is there an age limit for the child who is being dedicated?

While Grace does not have a set age requirement for child dedication, most children are within their first year, although many parents chose to dedicate older children as well.

What age should our child be to start the BabyD process?

You can start the process at any time; there is no minimum or maximum age your child has to be. There is no reason you couldn’t even begin the first steps of the process before the baby is born.

Do we have to meet any criteria to participate in the Baby Dedication process?

The very nature of this process is asking you, as parents, to commit to raising your child in a home that leads them into a relationship with their heavenly Father. It is because of this, we ask that at least one or both parents have made a commitment to having a personal relationship with Jesus.  We recognize that there are many families in which only one parent has come to faith and the spouse that is not yet a believer would like to participate. That is okay.

Do I need to attend Grace to have my child dedicated?

We encourage you to make sure you are calling Grace your home church. Why? In dedicating your child to God, you are stating that you are willing to partner with God and the church to raise your child in cooperation with God’s intentions. To partner with any church, you, as the parent, need to decide to agree with its beliefs and vision.

If I am a single parent can I participate in the BabyD Celebration?

Yes! Child dedication signifies the commitment of parents (including single parents) to do their best to raise their child to be a follower of Jesus Christ.

Baptism:

Grace believes in baptism for believers. After an individual puts their faith in Christ they are ready to be baptized. Children are no different. Baptism is an outward sign of their faith as going under and out of the water demonstrates the life, death and resurrection of Christ. Being baptized tells of their salvation and life in Christ.

A child is generally ready for baptism when they can express their belief in Christ and understand the meaning and symbolism of baptism. Children interested in baptism will attend a child baptism class, along with a parent. Classes are led by our Children’s Pastor and are held during the Saturday Night Service quarterly throughout the year.

Upcoming Baptism Classes

  • January 6, 2018
  • April 7, 2018
  • July 7, 2018
  • October 6, 2018

For more information, please contact gracekids@graceinauburn.com.

The Main Event is a week of fun—“VBS Style.” It is a 4-day (Tuesday-Friday) experience filled with action packed games, a theater production story, energetic live music, and awesome crafts. It is open to 4-year-olds – 5th graders. This event always runs the last week in June. Online registration begins in May.

On the Monday before The Main Event, there is what we call “Family Fun” exclusively for participants and their families. It is a time to pick up T-shirts, information packets, and safety information. Your entire family will have the opportunity to enjoy a fun atmosphere that includes something for everyone! It begins at 4:00pm and goes to 7:00pm. Come and stay as long as you want.

The Main Event 2018

  • Family Fun- June 25
  • The Main Event- June 26-29

Each member of our team has one thing in common: a passion for children. If you have a heart to love God and a desire to influence a generation to grow in their faith, then you have the two basic ingredients necessary to become a team member in children’s ministry. There are many different opportunities for you to get involved.

Quarterly throughout the year, Grace Kids holds a “Say Yes” gathering during weekend services. If you are interested in getting more information about what we do and how you can get involved, join us at one of our upcoming “Say Yes” gatherings.

  • Saturday, May 5 – 5:00pm – Community Room
  • Sunday, May 6 – 9:00am – Community Room

Or email us anytime at gracekids@graceinauburn.com to begin the application process.

gracekids@graceinauburn.com

253.833.5660 x211

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MARK EDWARDS

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Mark Edwards has been a pastor to children and their families since 1997. In November of 2016, Mark joined the staff of Grace Community Church. He is committed to building a partnership with families and believes that parents have the greatest role which is to lead their children into a deep and authentic faith with God through a personal relationship with His Son, Jesus Christ. Mark has been married to his wife, Cheri, since 1987. They have three daughters, each married, and enjoys being “Papa” to six beautiful grandchildren. Mark enjoys home remodeling and repair, woodworking, and golf. His greatest joy is spending time with his family. Each week he and Cheri enjoy Family Dinner Night with their children and grand kids.