Uses David C. Cook’s Bible-In-Life for Toddlers curriculum. Meets in the Nursery Area on the main level.
Uses David C. Cook’s Bible-In-Life for Preschoolers curriculum. Meets in Nursery Area on the main level.
A Godly Play classroom. Meets in Room 226 upstairs.
A Godly Play Classroom. Meets in Room 212 upstairs.
What is Godly Play?
Godly Play is a creative, imaginative approach to Christian formation and spiritual guidance.
Godly Play values process, openness, discovery, community and relationships.
Godly Play models the worship life, stories, symbols and rituals of Christian congregations.
Godly Play allows practitioners to make relevant and personal theological meaning.
Godly Play nurtures participants to larger dimensions of belief and faith through wondering and play.
In our Godly Play classes, we present God’s Story to our children through play-sets with wooden figures and other materials. The children are then invited to respond to God through wondering, play, art, and feast experiences. Our curriculum includes Young Children & Worship and Following Jesus by Sonia M. Stewart and Jerome Berryman and The Complete Guide to Godly Play, Volumes 2-6.
CHILDREN AND WORSHIP
Worship is an intergenerational experience at Grandin Court Baptist. We love to include children in worship! We encourage parents to bring children of all ages to at least part of worship to include them in the body of Christ. The more children feel a part of worship now, the more likely they are continue to participate in worship as teens and adults. Each Sunday, we provide a Time for Young Disciples (TFYD) where the children come forward to hear God’s Story presented just for them.
For parents who need childcare during worship, it is available for children from birth to Age 4. At our 9:00am worship, we use a paid childcare worker and children from birth-Age 4 meet in the nursery. At our 11:00am worship, we use a rotation of volunteers to provide care in two classes (birth-2 and Age 3-4). We encourage parents to bring their children to worship through the TFYD before they go to childcare. Volunteers meet the children in the hallway once the TFYD is completed.
Once children begin Kindergarten they remain in the worship service. The Children’s Minister leads a yearly Worship Class for rising Kindergartners in August to help them transition to full-time worshiping. Each child receives a worship bag containing items that help them respond to and interact with worship.
REGULAR ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN & FAMILIES
The church provides regular activities for children and their families to interact with other families and the church as a whole. Some of the regular activities include:
- Kids’ Time with Pastor Brian (Weekly on Sundays, TBD)
- Mission Possible Kids (Weekly on Wednesdays, 6:15-7:15pm, does not meet May-August)
- Easter Egg Hunt
- Monthly Family Board Game Nights
- Fall Festival or Trunk-or-Treat
- PASSPORTKids! Summer Missions Camp (www.passportcamps.org)
- Summer Splash (A Weekly Water-Themed VBS on Sunday afternoons in July)
- Family Sabbath School (church-wide, 3-day retreat during the Summer)
Check out some of the recent fun with GCBC Kids at the Fall Festival: