Kids and Families

Helping Families Follow Jesus Together!

We are excited to walk alongside families as we follow Jesus together by helping kids and their families connect to God, find their place in His Big Story, and respond to Him through the power of the Holy Spirit!

Sunday Morning 9:15am to 11:45am:
Welcome to The Big God Story!

Nursery: Newborn to 3-years-old

Our nursery is a safe and caring environment for your little ones to come to as they begin to learn about God.  We have loving, smiley-faced caregivers with cuddly arms who would love to spend time with your baby/toddler as they read Bible stories, sing songs, pray, and of course play!  A nursing mother’s room is located in the nursery and is always open for your convenience.

Preschool: 3-years-old to Kindergarten

In our preschool program, kids begin to dive deeper as they learn about God and explore how they can respond to Him in a variety of transformation environments. Each week they’ll visit with engaging puppets, uncover a mystery in the Wardrobe of Wonder and learn more about Jesus through storytelling, small group interactions, team crafts and worship. They’ll leave with a blessing to carry with them through the week.

Elementary: 1st to 5th Grade

In our elementary program, kids move through a creative environment designed to spark curiosity, cultivate a sense of awe and wonder about God, and help them seek and respond to God’s work in their lives. They are encouraged to discover their place in The Big God Story through storytelling, worship, spiritual conversations, contemplative stations, and meaningful projects in both large and small groups. Teachers say a blessing over each child before they leave.

Baptism Class

  • August 13, 2017
  • November 12, 2017

So you’ve made the decision to follow Jesus, what’s next? If you or your children are interested in baptism, please attend our upcoming baptism class. There you will learn what baptism is and why we are called to be baptized. We ask parents to attend the baptism class with their children to help them decide if they are ready to make this commitment to God. Baptisms for children normally take place during our Community Worship services (approximately two weeks after the baptism class). The baptism class is open to all ages! If you would like more information, visit our baptism page or email our baptism class teacher, Shirley House.

Child Dedication

Child dedication is a public sign that parents are seeking to bring their children up in the ways of Jesus, set them apart, and present them to God. By dedicating a child, a parent promises to follow God and accept His help in nurturing a vibrant faith in the life of the child. If you would like to take this important step, please contact Sally Bland at to begin the process.

If you'd like more information about child dedication and the Biblical basis for it, check out this article

Community Worship Services

  • August 27, 2017
  • February 25, 2018
  • May 27, 2018
  • August 26, 2018
  • November 25, 2018

Four times a year at GPBC the children’s and youth programs are closed so all ages and stages of our faith family can join together to worship God as one large community. In ancient Jewish culture, all children and adults participated in seven annual festivals where they were able to enjoy the broader community while remembering and celebrating what God had done. We are all enriched, young and old, when we come together in one place. There is a little more noise, a little more movement and lots of opportunities to connect with God and one another. We hope you can join us for our next community worship service!

Family Resources

HomeFront

HomeFront Monthly and Weekly are powerful resources designed to get families talking and experiencing God together!  They make faith conversations easy for any family!

HomeFront Weekly is designed to equip parents and help families be in God’s Word together. These lessons are intended to be done at home before your child learns them at church.

You can download the HomeFront Weekly below.

HOMEFRONT WEEKLY

HomeFront Monthly provides opportunities for families to come together and experience storytelling, God’s Word, new family traditions, fun games, recipes, family blessings, prayer, and more. Pick up a copy at the elementary or preschool registration desks on Sundays. 

HomeFront Monthly and Weekly are available in all children’s departments. The Tru HomeFront App is available for download now on iTunes and the Android market!

Life With Kids Gathering

Join us Sunday mornings with others that are in the season of parenthood! Come for connection, renewal and laughter. Our focus is relationships; to Jesus, our families, and each other. Each week is different! You can expect a welcoming atmosphere with light discussion and a sprinkling of guest speakers. Parents of babies, kids and teens this is the place for you! Facilitators, Ian and Jessica Heimbegner are parents of four children aged 6-14. Meet in the Mt. Adams room upstairs. Starts April 23 at 9:15am. Hope to see you there!

Parenting Books

Do you want more information on how to parent your child in a God centered home?  Here are some books that align with our curriculum.

Volunteer

God is doing amazing things in the children’s programs at GPBC!  We would love for you to join our team. Please contact the Children’s Ministry Director, Sally Bland, at to schedule a time to come and observe God with our young faith community and how you can be a part of it!