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!
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
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.
Kids’ Day Camp: July 8-12
Kids Day Camp, for kids four years old through 5th grade, will help kids grow closer to Jesus and build relationships between SW Portland families and the local church. Registration will start soon; $10/child. Sign up to volunteer. For more information or to register, click here.
Family Prayer Nights 2019
- May 29
- August 28
- October 23
Wednesdays 7:00 – 8:30pm. All families are invited to come, worship and pray together!
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.
The next Baptism Classes will be:
- May 12
- August 11
- November 10
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.
- May 26
- August 25
- November 24
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
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 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.
Do you want more information on how to parent your child in a
- Spiritual Parenting by Michelle Anthony: An awakening for today’s families. (The Bible Study video series is available on RightNow Media)
- Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Family by Michelle Anthony: Avoiding the 6 dysfunctional parenting styles.
- Faith Conversations for Families by Jim Burns: An easy way to talk with your kids about prayer, morals, values, serving others and more!
- Teaching Your Children Healthy Sexuality by Jim Burns: A Biblical Approach to prepare them for life.
- God Made Your Body by Jim Burns (recommended for ages 3-5)
- How God Makes Babies by Jim Burns (recommended for ages 6-9):
- The Purity Code by Jim Burns (recommended for ages 10-14): God’s plan for sex and your body.
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!