The goal of GraceKids is to help children become fully devoted followers of Jesus – that our kids grow up to love God, are actively serving His purposes, and are in the process of growing to honour God in all areas of their lives.
The Principles of Gracekids
The following principles are practiced at GraceKids to help guide children toward growing into Christ-likeness and becoming fully devoted followers of Christ. These principles are called the ‘Five G’s’.
This is the grace God offers all of us through Christ. It’s the grace that gives us the free gift of salvation when we admit our sin and ask for God’s forgiveness. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” (Romans 3:23). Grace is talked about with the Kids with the hope of bringing them across the line of faith in God. It is presented as a free gift that is available to their friends and families. We want our kids at GraceKids to grow up in an environment where it is normal to bring friends to church, and to accept the gift of grace, be grace filled, and extend grace to others.
This growth is based on Colossians 2:6-7. “So then, just as you received Jesus Christ as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” By growing up strong in Christ we don’t mean simply obeying rules. At GraceKids, we strive to show kids how God can change them from the inside out. We want to see kids being transformed by the power of Christ.
GraceKids is group-based, where kids experience what it is like to be accepted and loved, where they can share their joy and sadness and receive support from the leaders and other kids. This is where they learn the importance of doing life with a circle of friends.
Kids are given opportunities to learn about spiritual gifts and see them being modelled by the adults around them. When kids see all kinds of people expressing their gifts they begin to wonder how God is going to use them.
At GraceKids, we teach the kids that everything we have belongs to God.
What to Expect at GraceKids
Kids are welcomed into a safe and loving environment. The GraceKids leaders know the importance of making the kids feel valued and included. Bible stories are presented in fun, and creative ways to encourage kids to engage and interact with the themes and with each other. Each week, the lessons will have the elements of ‘Know What’ (hear a Bible story), ‘So What’ (understand the key message God wants us to know from the story), and ‘Now What’ (be challenged through practical activities to apply the key message in their lives). Children will also learn a Bible verse that relates to the key message learnt from each lesson.