Parent's Day Out:Childcare for 1-4 year olds one day a week, 9:00a.m. to 1:00p.m, during the school year on Monday-Friday. Call 355-6146 for information!
West Suburban Educational Associates: Space is provided by Grace Church. A 10% discount is offered members of Grace Church. Call 922-8100 for information!
Christian Education at Grace
Grace Church is committed to providing children, teens and adults with diverse, enriching, faith-enhancing Christian educational opportunities, with revitalization of our Children's and Family Ministries at the forefront of that commitment. For children through fifth grade, we offer age-appropriate Sunday School classes at 9:30 a.m. and an 11:00 a.m. Children's Time for children age kindergarten through 5th grade. We also offer children two through 4th grade a week-long summer Vacation Bible School, a six-week human sexuality course for 5th and 6th grade boys and girls beginning in January, and special family opportunities throughout the year (click the "Children" tab below for further information). Youth in grades 6-12 are integrated into our Youth Ministry program, while adults enjoy a broad variety of Sunday School classes as well as mid-week book and/or Bible studies, Disciple courses, etc. Our Grace Church Library offers church members resources of all kinds, available for check-out any time.
Children's Christian Education
9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
Childcare for infants and toddlers available 8:00-12:15 p.m.
Grace Church's commitment to revitalizing Children's and Family Ministry is paramount, with children's Christian Education and Sunday School at the forefront of that commitment. During worship on Sundays, safe, loving childcare for infants and toddlers is available 8:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Sunday School is available for children ages two through 5th grade at 9:30 a.m. in various age-appropriate classrooms. At 11:00 a.m., youngsters are invited to join in a special children's time with Pastor Bob Atkins during worship in the sanctuary, followed by Children's Time in the Chapel with an adult leader. Year 'round, children explore God's Word and learn how to live God's Word through music, crafts, Bible stories and other age appropriate activities. Youth 6-12th grade are integrated into our Youth Ministry program.
Vacation Bible School Vacation Bible School, every July, sees hundreds of children participate in a week-long morning program for preschool and kindergarten through grade four. Vacation Bible School includes Bible stories, drama, music, mission projects and crafts to help children learn more about our Christian faith.
Human Sexuality Classes
Every winter a course for parents and children in grades 5 and 6 offers information on human sexuality in the context of a loving relationship with a caring God. This year (2015), the course will occur February 6-8 (Friday evening, Saturday morning, and Sunday afternoon). There will also be an evening informational session for parents in January (date TBD).
Throughout the Year...
Because Grace is committed to providing events and opportunities that enrich the entire family, we offer "Fun in Faith" events for children and their families throughout the year, including a Fall Festival Celebration in the fall, our Advent Wreath Making event in November, "Kids Camp In" events throughout the year (when kids "camp in" with food and fun activities while parents go out!), age-appropriate mission opportunities, and our All Church Picnic in July, which features games and activities for children, a Moon Jump, and lively children's entertainment.
Confirmation is offered for 8th graders in a year-long class which meets at 9:30am Sunday mornings, preceded or followed by worship at 8:15 or 11:00am. Additional activities of service, fellowship, retreats, worship and movies fill out this year-long commitment which culminates in making a decision for Christ (a public confession of faith).
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES 9:30am and 11:00am See Grace In Missionannouncements for weekly class programs (right side of home page, under "Our Church Media") Confirmation Parents 9:30am Sundays, Room 232, September through May. For parents of confirmation students; focuses on parenting issues, tenets/history of United Methodism, teen safety, etc. Hearts on Fire! 9:30am Sundays, Room 250. Couples and singles. Adam Hamilton's "Revival" DVD Series Sept. 7-Oct. 12; J. Ellsworth Kalas's "Heroes, Rogues and the Rest," Oct. 19-Nov. 23; Adam Hamilton's "Not a Silent Night: Mary Looks Back to Bethlehem" (Advent Study), Nov. 30-Dec. 21. Discussion follows each session. Forum 9:30am Sundays, Fireside Room. Mature couples and singles. Spirited lessons including guest speakers, Bible study, class discussion, and thought-provoking audio/visuals. Questors 9:30am Sundays, Room 254. Adults. Long-standing, open-discussion class focusing on contemporary Christian issues, Bible studies, and practical application of faith. New Connections 9:30am Sundays, Room 227. Open to all ages, new people welcome. Join this dynamic new class, engaging in thought-provoking studies and discussions throughout the year. Open Hearts and Minds 11:00 a.m. Sundays, Room 250. Led by Revs. Don Niswonger and Dr. Carol Findon, this class focuses on ground-breaking Christian studies that explore what a meaningful faith can look like in today's world. Open Source 11:00 a.m. Sundays; beginning September 14, led by Pastor Matthew Johnson. Special Guest Speakers Throughout the year, noted theologians and/or clergy visit Grace and address all of our adult Sunday School classes as a whole, typically at the 9:30 hour. These speakers are often clergy men or women from other states or countries, and many of them preach from the pulpit at a Saturday or Sunday worship service during the time of their visit.
DISCIPLE CLASSES Disciple is a program of disciplined, in-depth Bible study over a period of 30+ weeks, focusing on the disciples as learner, believer, follower, proclaimer and servant. In 2014-2015, the following classes will be offered: Disciple I on Mondays evenings, 7:00-8:30 p.m.; beginning September 8 for 34 weeks. Cristian Believer on Monday evenings, 7:00-8:30 p.m.; beginning September 8 for 30 weeks, led by Pastor Bill Bryan Jesus in the Gospels on Thursday mornings, 9:30-11:00 a.m.; beginning September 11 for 30 weeks, led by Rev. Doug Bowden Invitation to the Psalms (Disciple "Shorts") on Thursday evenings, 7:00-8:30 p.m.; beginning October 2 for 10 weeks, led by Linda McWilliams
PROGRESSIVE CHRISTIANITY This DVD-based study explores theology and Christianity from the standpoint of an historical Jesus, using the writings and teachings of some of the world's preeminent progressive theologians. If you have questions about your faith that you've been hesitant to ask in a traditional Christian study setting, this is the class for you! "Eight Points of Progressive Christianity" on Monday evenings, 7:00-8:30 p.m.; beginning September 8 for nine weeks, led by Revs. Don Niswonger and Carol Findon. "Living the Questions" on Wednesday mornings, 9:30-11:00 a.m.; beginning September 10 for 21 weeks, led by Revs. Don Niswonger and Carol Findon,
MID-WEEK SMALL GROUP STUDIES Faith Formation for Adults offers several opportunities to meet God and grow in your faith beyond the scope of Sunday School or sanctuary worship. Monday Afternoon Sisters Bible Study, 1:00-2:30 p.m., Room 254; beginning September 8 (ongoing). Intergenerational group of women engages in spirited discussions of books and studies focused on spiritual formation, led by Pastor Tammy Scott. Covenant Bible Study on Wednesday evenings, 7:00-8:30 p.m.; beginning September 24, led by Pastor Bob Atkins. Theology Pub, 6:30 p.m. at multiple off-site locations; beginning October 20, led by Pastor Matthew Johnson. The Verge Group, 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Starbucks (1200 S. Naper Blvd); beginning October 7 through November 25, led by Pastor Matthew Johnson.
Grace United Methodist Church - A People of Grace
Grace United Methodist Church
300 East Gartner Road
Naperville, IL 60540
Office Hours: 9:00a.m. to 4:30p.m. Monday through Friday