sundays at grace kids





What is grace kids?

Grace Kids is a fun, safe place for kids to discover the adventure of following Jesus. It happens during all Sunday services, across all our campuses. All children from ages 1 to Grade 6 can attend and be signed in by their parents. 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 a Sunday.

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 everything 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 18:30 – 21:00. (Please note there is no Youth for the first term of 2019.)


Grace Youth are a community of young people who passionately follow Jesus and who strive to live lives that compel others to do the same. 


Grace Youth meet on Friday nights at the uMhlanga Campus during term-time. It is a space for teenagers to explore faith, engage in praise and worship and build meaningful relationships in small groups at this critical point in their lives. Grace Youth creates a safe space where teens can be authentic with others and actually take ownership of what they believe in.

please 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 us in 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.

faith at home

How parents can reinforce what their child

has learnt on Sunday.


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 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 at Grace Kids as well as valuable information, insights and inspiration on how you can thrive as a parent and not just survive!

FAQ's

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.


For more on separation anxiety CLICK HERE.


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.


What else does Grace Kids do?

Grace Kids host a annual Grace Kids Camp as well as an annual combined Holiday Club during the July holidays. Contact your Grace Kids Pastor for more on these.

We also hold Baby Dedications and kids Baptisms. For more info on these keep scrolling down the page...






WATER BAPTISM FOR KIDS

Is your child asking to be baptised?

Watch this short clip with your child which explains everything you and they need to know about baptism.



Then you may want to ask them these questions to make sure, they are sure they want to be baptised:

Why do you want to be baptised?

Where did you hear about baptism?

How long have you wanted to be baptised?

What do you think baptism means?

Do you think baptism makes you a Christian?

Why do you think Christians get baptised?

Should you or your child need any more information on baptism please email Maryke on maryke@grace.org.za

BABY DEDICATIONS

New parents are often struck with an overwhelming sense of gratitude and responsibility for their new baby and feel compelled to make a definite response to God over these emotions. Dedicating your child provides a platform for you to begin a partnership between God and the Church in raising your children.


At Grace we believe that the primary spiritual influence in a child’s life is their parents. We would therefore like to partner with you and give you tools to help you speak about, and model your faith at home so your child can discover and develop a meaningful and authentic relationship with Jesus.


Baby dedications is the first step in this journey. We believe that Baby Dedications is not a tick-the-box traditional practice but rather an incredibly intentional act to:

  1. Praise God and thank him for the gift of your baby.
  2. Make some promises as to how you want to raise your little one and how you will model your faith to them at home.
  3. Pray for your baby, and for us to pray for you as parents and your family.

So to help you decide whether or not to have your child dedicated, the following questions are suggested for your careful consideration:

  1. Do you agree with Grace’s teaching and purpose for dedicating your child?
  2. Do you understand what it means to dedicate your child?
  3. What changes may you need to make at home if you take your child’s dedication seriously?
  4. Are you willing to make those changes?

If you still have questions or would like to know more please email our Grace Kids director Maryke on maryke@grace.org.za.