Children and Youth Faith Formation

*COVId-related changes to programs in fall 2020*

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 this fall. Reservations are required for worship and can be made HERE.

Virtual: Join us for live-streamed worship on our Youtube channel by clicking HERE. 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.


children’s bible study for kindergartners – 4th graders

Thursdays at 4:00 PM via Zoom

Please join Pastor Elizabeth and your friends in our weekly Bible study. Our group will read our way through the Spark’s Story Bible. We will learn from significant Bible stories and learn about the books of the Bible. We will read the Bible together, talk about how it relates to us today, and end with fun word games. Everyone is welcome. You can register HERE.


interfaith peace wednesdays (fish) for 9-11 year olds or 4th – 6th graders

Wednesdays at 4:00 PM via Zoom, beginning on December 9th

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 13th 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.

ELearning Confirmation
Mondays starting September 14th from 4:00 – 5:00 PM via Zoom

ELearning Confirmation will follow the same curriculum as in-person Confirmation and is being offered as alternative to in-person Confirmation due to safety concerns or if someone misses an in-person class.


pyf (pilgrim youth fellowship) for high school youth

Sundays starting August 16th from 4:00 – 5:00 PM

Beginning August 16th and continuing as long as it is above 50 degrees outside, PYF will meet in the north parking lot (by the playground). If it is raining, we will move inside to the Community Room. In addition to a mask, youth need to bring a folding chair and water bottle. Snacks will be provided.

For more information about any program, 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.