Our goal is to reach boys and girls with the Gospel of Christ: teaching them to know God intimately, love Him passionately and to serve Him faithfully. We desire to build bridges to families and equip them. In the process, we are committed to enlist, equip and encourage others to do the same.
Please see below for information on our various ministries. For a list of current children's events and activities, please click here. For more information, please contact one of our children's ministry director:
Family Life Director
Wednesday afternoons & evenings, september - april resuming September 2017
AWANA's goal is to "reach children with the gospel of Christ and train them to serve Him". AWANA stands for Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed (2 Timothy 2:15). During AWANA your child will make new friends, play exciting games, compete in rewarding and challenging contests, receive awards as reinforcement for their good performance, and learn and memorize God's Word, the Bible.
We offer two sessions on Wednesdays. Our afternoon session meets from 3:45-5:30 and our evening session meets from 6:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. AWANA is for children ages 3 and Potty Trained (by September 1st) through grade 6. Our individual clubs are:
For more information on each individual program, please check out the international AWANA website here.
You can register your child for our AWANA program when you bring them for their first night of AWANA, or you can register online here.
Open during Sunday morning worship services and other select events
Our nursery includes separate rooms for infants as well as crawlers and walkers. The nursery plays a vital part in enabling parents to participate in worship services and allows them to serve God in ministry while their children are receiving excellent care. We have a top notch nursery that provides a clean, safe place for the littlest ones of our church. We are staffed with wonderful volunteers who provide loving care to the many infants and toddlers who attend each week. We also have a paid nursery attendant on staff. Kim Barclay does a wonderful job of directing our volunteers and ensures that the nursery remains a clean and safe environment.
Our children's Sunday school meets every Sunday. This program plays an important part in transforming the hearts of children. During Sunday school, children grow in their knowledge of God's Word. This ministry allows teachers to assist parents in training up their child in the way that they should go. With a powerful worship time and thought-provoking lessons, children learn what it means to have a relationship with Christ in classes that are geared for their particular age level. Below are the classes we offer to children at GCAC.
Class Classroom Location
Birth-36 Months Nursery
Age 3 & 4 Aquarium
Age 5 & K Outfitters Peak
1st-3rd Grade Worship Center
4th Grade Lavazza
5th & 6th Grade Cafe Creme/Espresso
All children ages 4-4th grade meet in their individual classrooms then gather in the children's worship center for worship and prayer time. After that they break up into their individual classes for their Sunday school lessons. The 5th & 6th grade classes report directly to their classroom at the beginning of service.
Sundays 8:20am and 11:10am
There are currently three Children’s Church programs serving ages 3 years through 6th grade. These classes focus on teaching children Biblical lessons and application through many Bible stories, videos, puppets, crafts, drama, music, and guest speakers.
Birth-36 Months Nursery
Ages 3 & 4 Aquarium
Ages 5 & K Outfitters Peak
1st-6th Grade Worship Center
Tiny Tots Nursery - located in the Aquarium
This class continues to be under the Nursery umbrella. College students and nursery volunteers work with our Nursery Attendant to combine play and snack time making it a place that little ones feel safe and cared for.
Jr. Church (Age 3 - K) – Located in Outfitters Peak/Sporting Goods
Using "Hands on" Bible Curriculum, these older pre-school children enjoy Bible stories, games and crafts each week, along with a powerful worship time. Through these activities, they are able to grasp many of the Biblical themes presented in an age-appropriate environment.
Kids Church (Grades 1-6) - located in the Worship Center
This large group worship service combines fun with learning, and provides a place for grade school children to learn about having a relationship with Jesus. Using powerful worship, relevant lessons, fun games and toybox tales, kids grow in their faith each week. This ministry also incorporates a powerful lesson focused on missions once every six weeks which enables the children to learn about reaching the lost and teaches them to pray for our missionaries.
Wednesday evenings 6:30-8:15pm Resuming September 2017
Element 56 is our new “youth group” style program for kids in 5th and 6th grade. Different than our AWANA program, it may be just what your “tween” is looking for. During our weekly meetings we will have games, worship, large group teaching, small group accountability, and of course, a ton of fun. We meet every Wednesday evening from 6:30-8:15 downstairs in the youth facility.
Grove City Alliance church cares very much about this pre-teen age group. We have a desire to help them develop a deeper walk with Christ and to make positive relationships with friends in a Christian environment. We have developed Element 56 to address the needs of this middle school aged group who often feel too old for traditional kids ministry programs but yet are not old enough for our youth ministry. We have a great group of committed Christian leaders specifically trained to work with this age group. Upcoming special events for Element 56 will be announced monthly.
Click here to register
Special Connections Ministry
This special connections ministry is for children who need a little extra help in the classroom during Sunday morning ministries or in our Awana program on Wednesdays. We recruit “buddies” to come alongside kids with special needs to give them an extra hand in the classroom. If you have a child with special needs that you feel could benefit from the program or know of a family that might be interested, please let us know. Once we receive an application form from a family, we do our best to recruit a “buddy” for the child. We then work with the parents to learn the best way to respond to that child’s special needs while integrating them into the classroom experience. Please contact Rebecca Montgomery at 814-602-6508 or email@example.com for more information.
The Special Connections Ministry is a ministry that provides an atmosphere of hope, acceptance, inclusion, dignity and support to children with hidden and visible special needs and their families. We offer a 3 hour respite program one Friday night a month where families can leave their child and their siblings with us for a fun filled night while they go enjoy some time by themselves.
You can download a family application form here. Also, if you are interested in becoming a "buddy", you can download this buddy application here. They one can be turned into Rebecca Montgomery at the church or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. It is our prayer that this ministry will be a blessing to your family!
Do you need support and friendships with other parents as you pursue raising your child intentionally? Parenting is hard work and we don’t want you to try and do it alone. Join our Intentional Parenting Life Groups and get plugged in! Our groups meet weekly from September-May and we offer two time options to meet the needs of busy family schedules.
Our Thursday evening life groups meet each week from 5:45-7:45. The first Thursday of each month there is an optional potluck that begins at 5:30. There is childcare for children while the parents are meeting.
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