We value the Word of God.
God's Word drives all we do - it's the who, what, and why of our ministry. We teach the God of the Bible - the Keeper of Promises, the Rescuer of sinners, the Creator of the universe, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We teach Scripture, knowing that the God who wrote it will give understanding to these children at just the right time and in just the right way. And we teach because He first taught us, and He has called us, the church, to teach the coming generations.
We value family.
The Gospel is given to our children primarily through parents in the context of family life and relationships. As a church, we want to equip and support parents through helpful Sunday School classes, shared resources, teaching together, and communication about what children learn at church and how that can carry over to conversation around the dinner table.
We value grace.
We want to show our kids the reality of their sin so that they're able to see the magnitude of God's grace. Every story, conversation, activity and prayer is an opportunity to lead a child one step closer to life with Christ. And we pray that, out of the grace we each have received, all our interactions with children would be filled with grace as well.
We value the hearts of children.
It's not about the actions. It's about the heart - the intentions, the belief, the focus of our desire. As we teach the Bible, we're constantly mindful that only God can soften hearts and show these precious children who He is. And so, as we plan, we pray. As we serve, we pray. And as we develop relationships with the children we encounter, we pray.
We value relationships within the Body.
The Body of Christ is strongest as we work together for God's glory. Grace Kids is an opportunity for people within the church - children, parents, college students, youth, empty nesters, young professionals, and all who love the Lord - to cross paths with one another in ways that can have lasting effects.