Children and Families
"Sunday School" takes many forms
At Grace, we integrate the needs of children into our planning for worship, mission, intergenerational activities, and more. We know that faith is "caught not taught" and we grow in faith not only by learning the key teachings of the faith but also by participating in all the work of the church. Parents and families are invited to participate and grow together with their children in many of our programs!
Sunday Morning Classes
About 20 minutes into our 10:30 am worship service, children ages preK-4th grade are invited to join age-appropriate classes during the sermon.
Play 'n' Worship is for preschool children and involves a Bible stories, crafts & other creative responses, and plenty of play. Children . Play 'n' Worship meets year round, with a break during the month of August. Pick up your child downstairs in room 5, or sometimes across the hall in the toddler nursery, after the service.
Bridges to Worship is for K-4th graders and uses the Godly Play curriculum to engage children in worship, wonder, and storytelling. Pick up your child downstairs in room 14 after the service.
Family Faith Formation
Family Faith Formation is a quarterly program for preK-6th graders and their families. It meets on Sundays right after church four times throughout the school year. Program includes a simple lunch followed by interactive lessons and activities on key topics of faith.
In 22-23, our topics were: Reading the Bible with Wonder & Joy, Jesus and the Christmas Story, Lent & Different Ways to Pray, and Worship Scavenger Hunt.
Preteen Youth Group
Grace Rising is a group for children in 4th- 6th grades. Kids talk about faith and life, while also growing in friendship and community together. This program meets monthly as a part of our youth collective.
In 22-23, we focused on what it means to follow Jesus in our lives, including how to create welcome and hospitality for all in our Christian life.
Service and Mission
Our service opportunities at Grace are often formed with an eye towards including children and families. Cultivating an awareness of the needs and gifts of our community is important from an early age. We welcome and invite children of all ages to participate in Help the Homeless, Flash Mob Backpack Builds, CROP Walk, DC Pride Parade, and more. Teens have opportunity to attend mission trips regionally and abroad.
Seasonal and Outreach Events
Vacation Bible School- In recent years, Grace has hosted intergenerational evening programs with a VBS-vibe!Our "Welcome Table" dinners invite all ages to eat together, act out Bible stories, sing, and respond to a theme. We have also partnered with local churches to offer a joint Vacation Bible School program.
Easter Eggstravaganza- An egg hunt held the Saturday before Easter, with breakfast, crafts, and the Easter story
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Races- As we enter the holy season of Lent, we don't just eat pancakes--we race with them. This is always a family favorite.
Oktoberfest - A fall festival for families held each October
Advent Festival- Festive dinner, crafts, and story time held early in December
All offerings for children and youth follow our Child Protection Policy; all staff and volunteers have been background checked.