At Grace, we approach Discipleship Formation (what many used to call Christian Education) as a matter of life-long learning. We therefore have formation events and series-offerings for all ages, including adults.
We encourage you to be an active participant in a discipleship formation offering that is appropriate for you, or for the age group of your children and youth. In addition to participation, we have many opportunities for volunteers to share in leading a group or a series.
We are moving to have our Children's Mission and Ministry program led by members of the congregation. For more information about our programs, please call the church office to leave a message concerning your interest ~ at 616.241.4631.
Godly Play (Four years old by Sept. 1, through 3rd grade)
Godly Play is a curriculum for children modeled after the Montessori method of education. It is based on the assumption that children can-and do-experience God, but at their own developmental levels. Different from many traditional forms of Christian education, Godly Play provides children with the tools to encounter God. In Godly Play, the invitation is given not for play in general but for play with the language of God and God’s people: through sacred stories (Old and New Testaments), parables, and liturgical actions. Through this powerful language, through the wondering, through the use of various materials children develop their own creative capacities for making meaning of their relationship with God. Children in Godly Play grow in their faith while having fun together as a community.
Disciples (4th and & 5th Grades)
This term our Disciples class is learning about the ancient world of the Bible through a video series called, Drive Thru History. The host of this series, Dave Stotts, delivers a fast paced encounter with the people, places, and events that have shaped our world and the Christian faith. The students will experience a visually exciting journey through the land of the Bible, revealing the history and culture behind the stories of Scripture. Plus we will have fun enjoying Stott’s narration that takes us outside of the classroom, his animated sense of humor, and making deeper connections within our class.
Discipleship Formation Programs for Children meet from 11:30-12:30 downstairs in the Education wing.