Children's Education Hour
Grace Covenant Church undertakes to challenge and instruct our children in the Scriptures beginning at age two. While we recognize that parents are the primary instructors of their own children, we believe the assistance of the church is critical for the thorough and disciplined training that the Scriptures themselves command and require. The Sunday School programs are intended to develop the minds and hearts of our youth that they might learn “the fear of the Lord” (Prov. 1:7).
You will note that along with repetitious review of Old and New Testament redemptive history we encourage the memorization of the Children’s Catechism and Bible verses chosen specifically to provide training in the whole council of God. We are thankful to God for the many faithful parents that have assisted us in the development and continuing implementation of these lessons.
Children's Bible Circle
At Grace Covenant we offer a separate children's teaching during the second half of the worship service called Bible Circle.
Bible Circle is designed as an aide to parents as they transition their children into the service full-time. Children transitioning out of the church nursery (ages 2-4) stay with their parents the first half of the main service.
During this time they participate with the help of their parents in the call to worship, confession, hymns, scripture readings and congregational recitation. After the last hymn they are brought to a separate area where they receive teaching in bible stories, memory work, catechism questions, a craft and play time. They also focus on memorizing the hymn of the month, and practice participation in the service.
At the age of 5, the children "graduate" from Bible circle and are welcomed by the congregation as full-time participants in the worship service.
Participation in this program is voluntary, parents can decide if and when their children attend the bible circle time and are always welcome to keep children of any age with them in the service.