Children and Youth Faith Formation

*COVId-related changes to programs (in place until further notice)*

All activities taking place at GCC require mask wearing, social distancing of six feet, and adherence to church-mandated safety rules.

in person and virtual/live-streamed worship

Sundays at 10:00 AM

In person: Families with children are welcome at worship. There will be a coloring page and crayons that will match the scripture during worship available for your child(ren). You can take them home or dispose of them when you leave. Children’s time will be enjoyed from the family pew. Due to logistics and safety, we will not have in person church school on Sunday for now.

Virtual: Join us for live-streamed worship on our Youtube channel by clicking HERE or on Facebook Live. A recording of the service is posted immediately after the service ends on the same link. All taped services since March 22nd can also be viewed via the link.


spring and summer church school

May 9th – September 12th, 2021

This spring and summer, GCC’s church school and church families will serve our community by caring for the Rainbow Community Garden on GCC’s south lawn. Confirmation students and GCC’s youth group will build the garden beds in April and plant the vegetables and herbs on May 16th. On Sunday mornings, church school children will begin in worship and then go outside for a lesson and to work in the garden. We will follow safe COVID protocols including distancing and masks will be required. The church school children will be servants first as we care for God’s creation by growing food which will be donated to the Northfield Township Food Pantry as it is harvested. If it rains, we will have a creation-centered lesson inside the Community Room, distanced and with the windows open for ventilation. Any church family or member may also sign up to adopt the garden for a week by watering and weeding (BYO gardening tools!). Sign up here to help!


interfaith peace for 9-11 year olds or 4th – 6th graders

Wednesdays at 4:00 PM beginning in Fall 2021

Please join Pastor Elizabeth and your friends to learn about different faiths and their understanding of Peace. Each week we will learn about a new aspect of Peace (What is Peace, Peace-Makers, Peace for the World, Finding Your Own Peace) and how different faiths, including our own, teach us about Peace. There will be different videos, conversations, and readings to help guide us on this important journey. Everyone is welcome. You can register HERE.


confirmation for 7th and 8th graders

In-Person Confirmation
Sundays starting September 12th, 2021 from 6:00 – 7:00 PM

When possible, the confirmands will meet outside at the church. When instruction is in the church building, the youth will be in the Community Room, sitting two kids per table. Youth need to bring a mask.


pyf (pilgrim youth fellowship) for high school youth

Wednesdays in summer 2021 from 7:00 – 8:00 PM

We will focus on Bible Study and fellowship during our time together.


For more information about any program for children or youth, please contact Rev. Elizabeth Hartung.


* the following ministries are offered under normal non-covid times but please refer to the ministries listed above for current programs*
Sunday Morning Church School

This Bible-based ministry is focused on the development of faith in God and building a relationship with Jesus.  Children through 6th grade begin in worship at 10:00 a.m. with their families.  Following a time for them on the chancel steps with one of the pastors, they are dismissed to their age-specific classrooms.  In 4th grade, each child receives a Bible to be used to guide them on their faith journey.

For more information, please contact Rev. Elizabeth Hartung.


Confirmation

Confirmation instruction focuses on confirming our baptismal promises by growing in our knowledge and love of God, making a commitment to Jesus Christ, and developing loving relationships in the community of the church.  Confirmation is a structured, two-year journey of faith for 7th and 8th graders that culminates with each confirmand’s affirmation of their Christian faith and full membership in GCC.

Confirmands meet each Sunday for study, exploration and articulation of various aspects of their beliefs.  In addition, students attend worship services at GCC and write reflection sheets on their worship experience. Confirmands also participate in service projects, attend retreats, and learn in fellowship with their peers.

For more information, please contact Rev. Elizabeth Hartung.


Nursery

Each Sunday morning from 9:00-11:15 a.m., infants to three-year-olds are cared for in the Nursery by our staff and have opportunities for play.  The Nursery is equipped with a screen that allows parents to view the worship service while staying with their children if they desire.

For more information, please contact Rev. Elizabeth Hartung.


FISH

FISH (Faith IS Hope) is open to any children in the community in Kindergarten through 6th Grade and meets on Wednesdays from 4:00-5:15 p.m. FISH participants learn about the Bible, do interactive service projects, learn to play chimes, engage in art projects, and play in the gym.

For more information, please contact Rev. Elizabeth Hartung.


Pilgrim Youth Fellowship (PYF)

PYF is the high school youth group which provides teens the chance to explore their faith, connect with God, serve the community, and have fellowship opportunities. In today’s world where teens are more connected but more lonely, youth group provides a space to be social, learn interpersonal skills, and develop sympathy and empathy for others .

Specific activities include:

  • Weekly meetings on Sunday afternoons and Wednesday evenings where faith themes and relevant youth issues are discussed, and the teens also have time for socializing outside of their hectic school, work, and home lives
  • Additional fellowship activities like bowling, capture the flag, scavenger hunts, and mini golf
  • Community service projects such as creating birthday bags for the Northfield Township Food Pantry, fleece blankets for the homeless, hygiene kits for new moms, and clean-up kits for hurricane-affected areas
  • A fall retreat and post-finals ski trip to de-stress and connect with faith and friends
  • A week-long summer mission trip to serve communities throughout the US – recent trips have included a Native American reservation in Minnesota; Louisville, Kentucky; Logan, West Virginia; and Marvell, Arkansas

For more information, please contact Rev. Elizabeth Hartung.


612 Club

612 Club is a combined middle school and high school fellowship time.  The club meets from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays with a focus on fellowship, faith and service.  Middle School youth have an opportunity to get to know our High School youth in Pilgrim Youth Fellowship (PYF) as they take time during their week to regroup and engage in service.  The PYFers have a chance to mentor and lead the middle school youth.  Dinner is provided.

For more information, please contact Rev. Elizabeth Hartung.