a vibrant and affirmative congregation and ministry
New Bedford, Massachusetts

Children’s Ministry

The Children’s Programs are overseen by Charlene Ryder and Betsy Pye.

Church School

Blessing of the Backpacks - Teacher and Mentor Commissioning

Blessing of the Backpacks – Teacher and Mentor Commissioning

Church School classes for children in Preschool through Grade 5 are held during the academic year following the 10:00 service. Classes run until 11:55 a.m. Church School registration is held the Sunday after Labor Day, with classes beginning the following week.

Children’s Chapel

At Grace, we seek to ensure that children understand what is being preached during a Sunday service. We offer Children’s Chapel time during the Gospel and sermon, in All Saints’ Chapel adjacent to the church. Children follow the Cross during the Gospel procession. The lessons are taught through children’s sermons, music, object lessons, and interactive activities. Children’s Chapel is held throughout the entire year. Parents and friends are welcome to join us!.

Children’s Liturgy

On the third Sunday of each month, Grace offers a Children’s Liturgy at the 10:00 service. This service uses language more appropriate and understandable to our young people. The sermon is specifically for children, and children and youth are directly involved in the service. Lessons and the Prayers of the People are read by young people, youth serve as Eucharistic Ministers, and the anthems are offered by the Youth Choir. The Children’s Liturgy is held throughout the entire year.

Special Services / Fellowship

NATIONAL CHILDREN’S SABBATH will be celebrated this year on Sunday, October 16 at the 10-o’clock Children’s Eucharist.

Throughout the year, other liturgies specifically designed for children are offered. Services include a Creche service on Christmas Eve, a yearly observation of the National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths, a children’s Ash Wednesday service, and a children’s Good Friday service. Special fellowship opportunities include a Palm Saturday workshop, the Church School Homecoming Picnic in September, craft workshops, Family Fun Nights, an Easter Egg Hunt, and the annual Advent Pageant.

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School is offered for a week in the summer.

In 2018, that week ran from August 6th to the 10th.

Click here for the presentation made in church on Sunday, August 12th by Charlene Ryder, Diane Doe and Isabel Morck.

Link to VBS Page – Vacation Bible School
If you have any questions regarding Children’s Ministries here at Grace, please speak with the Clergy.