Children’s Ministry serves our children in the context of the local body of Christ – understanding that our children are not “the future church,” but a critical and unique part of our community of faith now. Loving our children well means we not only care for them, but for families, teachers, and volunteers in the context of integrated and loving relationships. We believe each unique relationship is, therefore, a foundation for Gospel discipleship: pointing one another to Jesus, growing in God’s grace, responding in love for God and others, and developing a sense of belonging in the greater community. We also understand a more focused relationship with parents -- to love, support, and equip them in their God-given responsibility of spiritual training.
In each classroom, activity or event, we seek to create a place of love, safety, and opportunity to develop relationships between children, parents, teachers, and volunteers, nurtured in the Gospel. We see our service as far more than just baby-sitting, but the opportunity to demonstrate service motivated from a heart of worship and gratitude, not from moralism or duty. In addition to modeling the love of Jesus to our children, we also desire to serve the Body by freeing parents to worship, supporting other ministries through childcare, and responding to the needs of our community through individual and collective works of mercy and service.
Because we want to encourage family life, we welcome children to attend and participate in the worship services with their parents.
Because we desire to support and come alongside parents, we encourage and invite them to be actively involved in classes of their own children as part of the smaller community.
Because we believe God creates each child with unique and special gifts, we seek to help them identify and develop these gifts to encourage, teach, and serve the church Body.
Because we believe the Gospel primarily flows through loving relationships, we value community within each classroom: children with children, children with adults, and adults with adults.
Because we believe God calls the body to work in unity, the Children's Ministry team of teachers and volunteers work together to support, encourage, love and serve one another.
Because we believe sanctification as a process, we seek to share the Gospel through caring and age appropriate means.
Because we value the safety of our children and volunteers, we enforce classroom size limits.
Because we value families and their time together, we purposefully limit the number of programs we offer.
Because we believe in sustaining community, we are purposeful to encourage ongoing relationships including children, parents, teachers and volunteers by keeping teaching teams and/or groups of children together year after year.
Because we understand unique roles within the Body, we provide opportunities for our teachers and volunteers to discover who God uniquely made them to be by exploring many different skill areas.
How to Volunteer
1. Complete the volunteer application.
2. Meet with CM Staff to answer questions and talk about policies and procedures. Church membership is not required, but church attendance is needed at least six months.
3. Volunteers agree to a criminal background check and attend annual training.
Vision & Strategy
All About Jesus: Beginning to End is the vision of Children's Ministry. One Story, Genesis to Revelation, points children of all ages to Jesus.
Looping- keeping groups of children together multiple years with the same teacher(s) allows continuity of teaching and relationships between teachers, children, and parents.
Classrooms by Gender- gives freedom for teaching styles and an environment to explore faith and questions more honestly.
Scripture Memory- each month, the same verse is learned age 3-5th grade to help families hide God's Word in their hearts together. Classrooms learn the verse as a group without individual pressure or competition.
Questions or Comments?
Grace Community Church
495 Cardinal Road, Mills River, NC 28759
8:30 am-5:00 pm Monday - Thursday
8:30 am-1:00 pm Friday
Let's Journey Together
We welcome you to join us as we journey together into God's grace. Our passion is to pursue the message and promises of Christ with humility, authenticity, intellectual honesty and relevance. We believe faith is much like life – a process and a cycle of different seasons. You may be here for healing or to explore the claims of Christianity or to move into deeper relationships or to better serve those around you. Our desire is that you will experience the hope and encouragement of Christ without pressure or hype.