NEXT KIDS & STUDENT ENVIRONMENTS
At Grace, we strive to come alongside families and proivde age-approrpiate environments for our kids and students. We believe that our kids and students are part of the NEXT generation, and so we strive to create a space with these four considerations:
Our desire is for every child to experience a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. We also value the relationships children form with leaders and other children in small group settings. We encourage your family to commit to attending the same service week after week so your child can be part of a group of familiar faces and grow in relationship with Jesus and other small group children.
At Grace Fellowship, we are passionate about helping children learn about Jesus in ways they understand. The NEXT environments we create and the lesson materials we develop are based on the physical, mental and emotional needs of each age group. For additional information about each of our environements, check out Preschool Parkway and The Garage below.
Creative Bible Teaching
The Bible is the most amazing book ever written! We strive to bring its stories to life through activities and discussions that keep children engaged. Our hope is that every child who comes to NEXT will begin to love God’s word and understand the value of applying it in everyday life.
Kids love fun! (And so do we!) We know that when children have fun at church, they can’t wait to come back. We are committed to creating fun ways for children to learn about Jesus so they want to come back again…and again…and again!
For babies up to 3 years old
Environment: Babies and toddlers are in a constant state of wonder that allows them to learn about God’s love through the people in their lives and the world in which we live. NEXT Jr. provides a soft, colorful environment, staffed with caring adult volunteers who communicate and display God’s love to every child.
Takeaway for children: God made me; and God loves me.
Baby dedication is an opportunity for new parents to commit to focusing on the thing that will most affect your child’s future. It’s about making a commitment to put God first in your home and to trust in Him as your source of direction as you parent and lead your family. It is also a time to share what is most important in your life with family and friends, and to ask for their prayers and support as your raise your child.
Questions? Check out our FAQs.
Sign-up for our next baby dedication.
Once your child is 3 years old, fully potty-trained, and ready for more, you’ll start checking into our NEXT environment and Preschool Parkway! There, your child will be assigned to a small group leader who will guide activities like music, story time, games, snack, and more!
For 3- to 5-year-olds
Environment: Preschoolers find fun and adventure around every corner, and that is exactly what they’ll experience in Preschool Parkway. With the help of dedicated volunteers, little ones will learn about God through activity stations, small groups, interactive worship, and Bible teaching.
Takeaway for children: God made me; God loves me; and Jesus wants to be my friend forever.
In early August, before your preschooler officially enters kindergarten, you’ll be invited to join us for Kindergarten Kickoff! Your child will have a chance to meet The Garage leaders, experience how The Garage service works, and become acquainted with their new environment.
For kindergartners through fifth-graders
Environment: School-age children have the biggest imaginations! The Garage captures their creativity so they can learn about God in an interactive way. Through activity stations, small group lessons, worship, and creative Bible teaching, children will learn to jump into God's word so they can begin living out their faith at home, school and wherever life takes them.
Every June, before your fifth-grader transitions into middle school or junior high, you’re invited to join us for a special event that will help you and your child exit The Garage and merge into 678 (a ministry for our students in 6th through 8th grade)! At this age, students begin searching for acceptance and affirmation, and we want to provide a safe place for them to discover their own faith and find belonging in community. As you learn to navigate this new and often difficult phase, Grace Fellowship will be here every step of the way to partner with you and continue building relationships with your child that point to Jesus. Following the same model as NEXT, in 678, your child will continue participating in large group teachings before splitting into small groups to discuss real-life application of the Bible lesson.
Special Needs Buddies
Every child matters to God, so every child matters to us. If your child has special needs, we welcome your family with open arms. Trained NEXT volunteers will lovingly serve and meet your child on his or her level to teach and demonstrate the love of Jesus.