Grace Episcopal Church
Monday, September 26, 2016
Welcoming All into God's Peace Together
Formation for Children and Youth
Grace Church is entering a time of new growth and is actively working on ways to welcome and include more children, youth and young families into our midst. As it says on our welcome page, at Grace Church, we envision a church where people of all ages are respected as full participants in community life. The local church is one of the last truly intergenerational institutions left in our society, and we'd like to claim the intergenerational support that our church has always been so good at as our mission.
At Grace Church, young children are lovingly doted over by the many 'surrogate grandparents' in our congregation. Young parents have appreciated the supportive atmosphere here not only for their children, but for themselves! We offer family friendly pews that provide play areas for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Older children are welcome to choose to take part in leadership as readers, acolytes, choir members, greeters or ushers. As we develop our various ministries at Grace, children's input and perspective will always be sought, and their participation welcomed. We have a Godly Play area set up in the lovely, sunny south transept of the church and we invite community members to work with us to bring Godly Play to community children between kindergarten and 5th grade.
Grace Church was once known for its vibrant youth groups. The Episcopal Churches in Trumbull are currently working to create a new joint youth program. At Grace, we invite teens to explore what faith is all about and also to support kids in taking a little break from virtual community and finding authentic community. Our Sunday services at Grace are open-minded and supportive of all ages.
If you're looking for a large, organized Sunday school program, Grace Church is probably not the place to look right now. But if you want to take part in creating - and becoming - a faith community where kids and youth are loved and respected, spiritually fed and nourished, and supported in becoming compassionate and confident leaders in life, perhaps you're being called to join us in the journey.