About Grace Kids:
What is Grace Kids? A fun, safe place for kids to discover the adventure of following Jesus.
Who can attend Grace Kids? All children from ages 1 to Grade 6 can be signed into Grace Kids by their parents.
What happens at Grace Kids? We use creative, relevant and age appropriate bible teaching, a time of singing, dedicated small group and activity time to ensure that kids get the most out of their hour on Sunday.
When does Grace Kids happen? Grace Kids runs every Sunday at all our servuces
Here for the First Time?
Keeping Kids Safe
Please complete your details on our Parent/Child information card so that we have your details and can communicate with you appropriately. Then give the registration team member your child’s name and they will then give you 2 tags – one for your child and one for you. Each name tag will have a unique matching code.
Your child’s safety is one of our highest values at Grace Kids therefore please ensure you keep your tag and hand it in to collect your child so we ensure they go from the safety of our care into the safety of your care.
If for any reason we need to call you during the service, the unique tag code will appear on the screens in the auditorium.
Age Appropriate Environments
Creche : For Ages 1 – 3 years
The crèche facility is staffed by dedicated team members who will love and care for your little one while you enjoy the service. Their hour will is filled with time for play, singing and stories.
What if my child won’t settle? Our amazing team members will do everything they can to comfort your child. However if we are unable to console them, we’ll let you know via the screens in the auditorium, so keep your tag with your unique code handy. You are also welcome to stay with them for some of the time for your first couple of visits until they settle.
What if my child needs a nappy change? Please leave your child’s nappy bag with a spare nappy in the room. Our team members are happy to change your child’s nappy if necessary.
Specific Requirements: If you have anything specific that you need us to do for your child during the hour, for example give them their milk etc please let the team member on duty know and leave them with all the necessary.
When does my child move to the next age group environment? When your child goes to Grade 000 at a Pre School they can move up to Grace Kids Pre Primary.
Pre Primary: For Children in Gr000 – Gr R
Our pre schoolers enjoy a structured time of play, singing and a story followed by a fun activity or craft to reinforce what they have learnt.
When does my child move to the next age group environment? When your child goes to Grade 1 they can move up to Grace Kids Primary.
Primary: For Children in Gr 1 – Gr 6
Our primary school children get together for a time of games, singing and a creative and relevant message followed by age appropriate small group time that reinforces the message and helps them discover their faith.
When does my child move to the next age group environment? When your child goes to Grade 7, they can move up to Grace Youth. Grace Youth meets on Friday nights in school terms from 6:30pm – 9pm.
“At Grace Youth they want to be a community of young people who are passionately following Jesus and they want to live lives that compel others to do the same.” How this happens is they meet on Friday nights at the uMhlanga Campus where they create space for teenagers to explore faith, engage in praise and worship and build meaningful relationships in Small Groups at a critical point in their lives. At Grace Youth they want to create a safe space where teens can be authentic with others and actually take ownership of what they believe in.
NOTE: In our pre primary and primary environments we intentionally work to create relevant and age appropriate programs that are specifically geared towards these 2 environments. We want to help children get the most out of the hour on Sunday and give them a deep understanding of who Jesus is and who he can be for them in their lives. We would hate for any child to miss out on any part of the adventure of following Jesus because we are not reaching them at the level they are at. Therefore we invite and encourage you to partner with usin helping your children build their relationship with Jesus in a relevant way by asking you to encourage and inspire them to participate in their correct age appropriate environment.
What if my child is reluctant to go into the room? If your child is anxious about the new environment, here are 3 easy tips you can follow:
1. Arrive early as it is far less intimidating for a child to come into a quieter room than a room full of children they may not know.
2. Stay with them just until they settle.
3. Let your child bring a friend, it always helps when they know someone.
Remember if your child becomes very upset we will notify you via the screens in the auditorium so keep your tag with your unique code handy.
What if my child is sick? If your child is sick we ask that you don’t bring them to church as they may pass it on to other children.
What about snacks? At a certain time during the hour we will give the children a treat of a small bowl of flings or mari biscuits and diluted concentrate juice. If your child is allergic to any of these or if you would prefer them not to have, please alert the volunteers on duty and pack an alternative snack for your child.
How parents can reinforce what their child has learnt on Sunday
Faith at Home
At Grace we understand that there is more to leading children to Jesus than just Sundays. We don’t want your child just to have a Sunday Saviour but we want to introduce your child to an everyday Emmanuel, and that’s where your child needs you! So parents you can:
• Collect a “Faith at Home” card – These will be available at the beginning of each series from the registration desk and will detail what your child has and will learn during the series and will include some simple questions you can ask to initiate faith-based conversations at home.
• Receive our weekly newsletter via email - Just ask us and we will send it to you
• Follow Grace Kids @gfckids on Facebook … and @gfc_kids on Instagram - These social media pages are especially designed just for parents to give you any information about what’s happening @ Grace Kids as well as valuable information, insights and inspiration on how you can thrive as a parent and not just survive!
Other stuff for kids
What Else does Grace Kids Do?
- Baby Dedication
- Annual Kids Camp
- Annual Combined Holiday Club.