Grace Kids During Covid-19

After a lot of prayer, discussion, and planning, the Leadership Team has approved a plan for us to move forward with Grace Kids on-site twice per month for the fall. For the next few months, we'll offer our Preschool (for ages 3-5) and Elementary (for Kindergarten and up) classes twice per month beginning August 23. For now, we will not be staffing our nursery, but will leave it open for up to two parents with one child each.

If you are the parent of a child in 4th grade and up, it may be helpful to know we'll have a number of new Kindergarteners joining the elementary class, so the curriculum will be tailored to an early elementary level. Your older kids are welcome to choose to remain with you in the main service or to come to the elementary class.

Parents, we're asking you to pre-register your kids as we'll try to maintain a lower-than-normal capacity for our classrooms. For the November 22 service, we're asking you to pre-register your kids by

Thursday, November 19. You can pre-register here.

You can find some specifics regarding safety and other updated procedures for this season of Grace Kids here.

This has been such a strange season, and I know each of you are experiencing this differently, and are committed to different levels of social distancing for a myriad of reasons. We will continue to provide weekly in-service activities for parents who choose to keep kids with them in service, and expanded in-service activities (including a children's segment) on Sundays kids classes aren't offered.

At this time, we are scheduled to offer on-site kids ministry on the following dates (with the understanding that we'll remain aware of any community health changes and adjust our schedule accordingly):

November 22

December 6

If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Ashley at (712)251.5072. 

Grace Kids

At Grace Community, we believe kids are one of our greatest blessings to our community. We believe kids need to experience God through Christian community and age-appropriate lessons and activities, 

and sometimes that involves play-doh and glue sticks. 

Each Sunday, our youngest community members gather in four classes - nursery, preschool, Early Elementary, and Upper Elementary. Parents can check their little ones in when they arrive. Nursery and preschool  kids can go directly to their classes, while elementary students are invited to join their parents for the beginning of service, 

and are dismissed to their classes following worship. On the last Sunday of each month, our Upper Elementary students are invited to join the adult for the entirety of service and to participate in communion.

Philosophy & Leadership

At Grace Community, we believe the church is an important support to parents as they seek to raise godly kids. Parents can find resources and encouragement here. 

Nursery (Six weeks through 2 years)

Babies and toddlers should experience church as a safe and fun place where they are well cared for by loving adults. In the nursery, we sing songs, tell stories, and play!

Preschool (3-5 years)

Preschoolers absorb information like sponges. We want them to hear God’s story and know Jesus’ love. Our preschool curriculum journeys through God’s story each year. You can learn more about Preschool curriculum here.

Elementary (Kindergarten through Sixth Grade)

Kids are active and creative; growing and bursting with ideas. Jesus taught that the kingdom of God belongs to them. Kids will learn how each story in scripture connects to God’s big story, and ultimately points to Jesus. You can learn more about Elementary curriculum here.

For more information about Grace Kids (including getting involved), contact Ashley Knepper