Upcoming Events for Children, Youth, and Families

January Family Game Night: Friday January 11th 6 pm

Candlemas Hymn Sing and Pie Potluck: On Saturday February 2nd at 5 pm we’ll do exactly what the name says: eat pie and sing hymns! We will also have Candlemas crafts and a Blessing of Candles for the coming year.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Extravaganza: Tuesday March 5th at 6 pm

“Holy Hike” at Middlesex Fells: Saturday April 13th, meet at 10 am

Are you the parent of a child aged 14 and older? We are working on a service trip for late June to go camping and do some trail work with the Appalachian Mountain Club in Massachusetts. Please be in touch with Rowan (christianformation@gracenewton.org) if your child might be interested!

Children & Family

Grace offers a full array of programs and services for young parishioners, forming children and families alike through opportunities for service and community outreach, prayer and meditation, and engaging in arts and music.

Through celebrating the liturgical year we create opportunities for youth leadership in worship, learn to sing and pray together, and learn more about our faith tradition while holding space for questions and doubt, in a community that values diversity and kindness. Weekly education introduces children and youth, pre-school and up, to core ideas of faith and service. Grace Church offers professional nursery care as well as a Church School program for pre-school through middle school youth.

Youth

Youth also have the opportunities to join in service projects and social action events throughout the year. Recently we’ve collected children’s books for the Blackstone Library; supported our local food pantry by holding an Election Day bake sale and by stocking shelves at the pantry; collected funds to donate to the Animal Rescue League of Boston; and prepared gift bags of toiletries and essentials for homeless men and women. Grace’s Christian Education Committee gathers regularly to plan and hold the vision for our church school, and to connect and support one another in leadership of the ministry. Rowan Pantalena, our Minister for Christian Formation for Children and Youth, leads our Children’s Chapel services before the 10:30 service, supports planning and volunteers for the younger Church School classes, and leads the Middle School class. Grace Church is a safe and welcoming place for all. Please see our statement of policy that governs all our school and parish interactions.

Acolyting

Serving as an acolyte is a way for middle and high school-age youth to participate in and feel part of the church’s traditions. Acolytes generally serve every three or four weeks. Contact the Church Office to learn more about acolyting at Grace Newton!