Children of Grace


"Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it."

Proverbs 22:6

Register for the Christmas Pageant Now!
Christmas Pageant is December 24, druing the 4PM worship service
Children who are three years of age and older are invited to participate
Practice Dates: Sunday, December 16 at 3PM & Friday December 21 at 9AM is Dress Rehearsal
Costumes are provided
Contact Christina to sign-up to participate: 256.236.4457 (church) 256.226.7376 (cell) or by email: cedirector@aol.com 

All are invited for a Cookies & Punch Reception in Tyler Hall, immediately following the 4PM service & pageant
Please bring a 1/2 dz cookies or other treat to share.

Christian Formation Classes ~ (September to May 12)
9:30-10:15 AM

For: 3 year old children - 3rd graders:
  • Holy Moly! Yes, that's really the name of the Sunday morning gathering for children. We gather on the children's wing (upstairs in the parish building) to watch a Holy Moly Bible video in the Media Room. After the Bible video, children go to their age level class and respond to the Bible story with reading, activities, games, crafts, and more! We make popcorn every Sunday and the children are allowed to sprinkle their favorite toppings on the popcorn. We close with prayer and a blessing each week.
Fourth graders and up:
  • Lectionary Exploration and Confirmation Prepartion. This class explores Bible stories from the Old & New Testatments of the Holy Bible, and learn more about The Episcopal Church. 
 
  • Wednesday Evenings - 6:45-7:30 PM. Join us for Faith Builders! Some weeks we explore faith with Bible stories and Lego bricks! Other weeks explore Bible stories and respond with art or an outreah project. Join us for stories from the word of God and see what scripture reveals to our pint-sized master builders!  (September-May)
 
  • Extras! We are a liturgical church and our worship follows the Book of Common Prayer for worship. We learn about and observe the seasons of the church year and celebrate our common life and ministry often!
 
Children's Worship (September - May 13)

Ages 4 years - third grade

"Praise the Lord, all you nations! Extol Him, all you peoples!
For great is His steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord
endures forever. Praise the Lord!" 
Psalm 117

 An age-appropriate children's worship service is conducted most Sunday mornings in the Children's Chapel during the Rite II (10:30 AM) ( September-May 13) worship service. During worship time, children learn about and begin to appreciate the wonder and grandeur of our liturgical worship. Children who wish to participate will follow the cross at the end of the Procession. The children return at the offertory to continue worship with their parents.
 

Children in Worship
  • Children of all ages are welcome to worship services. To parents of young children: Relax! God put the wiggle and giggle in children. All are welcome! Sit towards the front where it's easier for your little ones to see and hear what is going on during worship. Little children tire of seeing the backs of others. You might quietly explain the parts of the worship service, help the children to find hymns and prayers in the BCP. Sing the hymns and participate in the liturgy and prayers. Children learn about worship and liturgical behavior by copying you. If you have to leave, feel free to do so, but please come back. It's really a matter of personal choice. Little Blessings Nursery is open with attentive and caring attendants that will welcome your children! 
 
Children of Grace - Outreach Opportunities

"Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these
who are members of my family, you did it to me."
Matthew 25:40
 
Children of Grace participate in many outreach opportunities throughout the year as service to God, the church, our community, and beyond. The children make monetary donations and provide: supplies, prayers, cards, and items to the following organizations and causes:
  • The Anniston Animal Shelter
  • Anniston Soup Bowl
  • Grace Lobsterfest Event that benefits Habitat for Humanity
  • Christmas Clearing House
  • Bethany Village at Camp McDowell - Donated Rain Barrels made during VBS in summer 2013
  • Planted a Community Garden on the church grounds during VBS 2012
  • Homeless Care Packs during VBS 2014
  • Made and painted Butterflly Houses as a gift to: Camp McDowell, Interfaith Vegetable Garden, Anniston Botanical Garden.
  • Held a raffle for The Welcome Table, which was the centerpiece of VBS 2017. The money collected during the raffle was distributed to the ministries that we learned about during VBS: The Gleaner Box, The Anniston Soup Bowl, Beans & Rice Ministry at Grace Church, Children of Grace Outreach Ministries.
Intergenerational Events

Many intergenerational events are planned for the parish family throughout the year. Events and celebrations are planned with the whole family in mind. Here are a few of the events:
 
  • Rally Day
  • St. Francis of Assisi Animal Blessing
  • Annual Parish Retreat
  • Annual Parish Picnic
  • Parish Family Movie Night
  • Epiphany Celebration
  • Kindness Rock Project
  • Vacation Bible School
  • Christmas Pageant & Cookies & Punch Reception on Christmas Eve
  • Butterfly Release & Egg Hunt
  • Mardi Grits
  • Lobsterfest
  • Advent Wreath-Making
  • Vacation Bible School 
Give your child the timeless gift of reaching out to God in prayer.