Did you know our recent attendance shows that 1/3 of our congregation is under the age of twelve?! They are a very important part of our GCC family! We are so excited to see them learning about the love of Jesus and how to share His love with their friends and family! We value our children and see them as a dynamic force in the world today as well as our future for this nation and world. We have nurturing volunteers* to care for infants and toddlers in our nursery during Sunday morning services and Wednesday evening Bible studies.
Children’s Church classes for pre-school through 6th grade are taught by wonderful *volunteers. If you have any questions concerning our children’s classes, teachers or curriculum, please don’t hesitate to call the church.
*Would you like to serve the precious kids of GCC? We’ve got some awesome things happening and would love for you to be a part!
*All volunteers are background checked to ensure the safety of our children.
Children’s Ministry Changes
We’ve made exciting changes to our children’s ministry. In the past, the families of GCC have worshipped together in the main sanctuary and the kids were dismissed during greeting time. Now our kids go directly to their own worship service in the youth building at the beginning of service. The question has been asked, “Why are these changes being made?” Please take a minute and read the heart behind it.
Primarily, we believe it is an effective tool in bringing our kids and adults to Jesus.
Children learn at their level – We sing great songs of worship to and about Jesus in the main auditorium, but some lyrics may be confusing to our children. We want our kids to worship Jesus whole-heartedly by using songs that are age – appropriate, fun, worshipful yet understandable to them. We also want to get the kids actively involved in their own worship process by including them in leading some of the songs, helping run the powerpoint on the computer, playing instruments.
Children like church – Do you know someone (maybe it’s even yourself) who disliked church as a kid because they felt their parents forced them to go and it was boring? We want our kids to want to go to church because there is an environment of friendship with peers, caring adult workers, genuine understanding of connecting with the Person of Jesus. We want them to want to come back week after week to learn about Jesus AND enjoy it.
It allows the adults to worship / learn undistracted – We are all about family. In fact, it is one of our strongest core values as a church. It also means that our parents need an environment where they can be edified, encouraged and taught in God’s Word. This is much easier when they’re not trying to keep their children pacified or entertained during service. Plus when we have people who come to service seeking a relationship with Jesus, it’s of great value to them if they are able to give their full attention to what’s going on in the service and not be distracted by fussy or bored kids.
It provides room in the main auditorium for Sunday morning growth – As our numbers have increased, our need for adult space in the auditorium has also increased. By having the children go directly to their own worship service this frees up extra seating for adults.
So what does this look like?
Children are in a safe environment – In this day and age, safety for the children is a must. This includes running a background check on our volunteer before they serve, maintaining a secure check-in & check-out procedure, paying attention to your child’s specific needs. It is important for you to allow a few extra minutes on Sunday morning to check your children in at the youth building before service starts. The youth building foyer is also where you will check your children out at the end of service.
Children are having fun – Games, crafts, activities, and multi-media are all part of a child having a great experience, and all of which are tied to the Bible lessons. We just believe that kids can and should have a great time learning about God.
Children are taught in age-appropriate environments – Our children’s ministry is not a babysitting service and while it would be easy to entertain the kids without instructing them, that doesn’t serve our goal of bringing kids to Jesus. So we break children into age appropriate environments where they learn at their level.
We love our children and have worked hard to create a wonderful learning environment for them.
We thank you in advance for your patience as we are still working out some of the “kinks” in our new system