Grace Kids and Youth Lead
Hello! My name is Sarah Shea and I am the Children and Youth Director here at Grace Church.
I consider ministering to kids and youth not only my calling but also an honor and a blessing. I believe that every human, no matter how small, has a very real spiritual life, and it is my goal to nurture that when they are at Grace Episcopal Church. I believe faith is cultivated in community, and it is my goal to help create space to build meaningful relationships through praying together, reading together, and playing together.
Youth Group (formerly “Middle School Meet”):
Youth aged 6th – 10th grade are invited to Grace’s youth group. It starts Sunday, September 17, and will continue to meet on the first and third Sunday of every month from 12:00 – 2:00 pm in the youth room. Contact Sarah Shea at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Communion Class: October 15 & 22, 9:15 – 10:15
Kids aged 6-13 are invited to a Communion Class that aims to help kids understand the significance of communion in a manner tailored to their age group. Led by Rev. Jen, the class will offer an engaging and informative experience. The sessions will take place on October 15 & 22 from 9:15 to 10:15 AM. We ask that kids plan on attending both sessions as it’s a two-part class.
Trunk-or-Treat: Thursday, October 26, 6:00 – 8:00
Grace families and friends are invited to come to the parking lot of Grace Church and “Trunk-or-Treat.” This event will be for Grace
members and their friends. If you are interested in helping by providing a trunk and passing out candy, please contact Sarah Shea.
Kids and Youth FAQs
There is a nursery available every Sunday from 10:00 – 12:00. The nursery is geared for kids aged 0 – 4.
We also offer Growing into Worship for elementary-aged children, held in the kid’s space during the 10:30 am service.
We do believe having children in service is an asset, and we encourage families to bring kids along if they feel comfortable doing so. There are “Pew-Pals” for kids with child-friendly bulletins, coloring pages, and more activities for them to do during the service.
Here at Grace we believe that everyone plays a vital role, including the littlest members of the church. We believe that having children in a service is not a distraction but rather adds to the worship experience. We do offer a kids “church” during our second service called Growing into Worship.
Growing Into Worship (GIW) is a program where kids are invited to experience the Liturgy of the Word for the first part of the service in the kids’ space downstairs and rejoin the congregation for Communion.
We are not currently offering any snacks to kids.
Grace Youth offers a variety of events for kids as young as 6th grade up until they are a senior in High School.