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 also have the opportunities to join in service projects and social action events throughout the year. Recently we’ve collected clothing goods for Syrian refugees; supported our local food pantry by holding an Election Day bake sale and by stocking shelves at the pantry; collected funds to purchase for flocks of chickens for families around the world through Episcopal Relief and Development; 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.
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!