Cross of Grace

A community of grace sharing God's love with no strings attached.

Sunday Worship:
8:30am & 10:00am

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)

"There really are places in the heart you don't even know exist until you love a child."
– Anne Lamott, Operating Instructions



Cross of Grace utilizes a comprehensive abuse prevention and recognition program called Safe Sanctuaries. All volunteers (including high school youth) working with children, youth, and vulnerable adults are required to be screened, trained, and sign a covenant.

Click here to download our Safe Sanctuaries policy and covenant.

SAFE SANCTUARIES


THE PRAYGROUND

Everyone knows little kids can be loud and wiggly. Being loud and wiggly in worship during worship is absolutely fine! You may pick up a worship activity bag at the main entrance to the sanctuary if your child needs something to explore during the service. Also, children birth through 4 years old are feel free to utilize our “Prayground” – a multi-sensory activity center in the sanctuary, where you can supervise your child as they enjoy a unique experience of worship.


THE BOX

Pastor Aaron leading "The Box" children's sermon

 “The Box” is our way of welcoming children – and the Spirit of God through children – in worship. Each week a child brings “The Box” with a surprise for us to share. The pastors never know what they’ll find when they look inside, but trust God always has something to teach us through the gifts that children bring!


VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

Check back for details on our 2018 program

This summer Cross of Grace transformed into C.S. Lewis' world of  Narnia. Participants joined the characters from The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe  on adventures to help them discover the power of truth, forgiveness, and identity. This year's unique program included singing, games, Bible study, crafts, and making new friends.


SUMMER DAY CAMP

June 26 – 30
(entering Grades 1 – 6)

Kids entering grades 1–6 are invited to register for a week of Christian Summer Day Camp right here in New Palestine!

During the week of June 26-30 four college-age counselors will come to Cross of Grace and lead daily programming from 9am until 4pm Monday through Thursday (Friday's programming ends at noon). Kids will be treated to the basics of a typical camp experience combined with the comforts of home. There will be a Sunday evening kick-off event (7pm June 25) as well as a closing program for kids and parents on Thursday (4pm).

Click here to register. Registration costs $50 for one child or $75 for two or more children in the same family. 


Children ages 3 and younger are welcome to participate in our preschool class that meets at 9:45 a.m. during the school year in the “Children’s Church” room south of the sanctuary. Teachers prepare and facilitate each class but parents are encouraged to stay with the children and participate (especially if your child is not yet three years old). 

Our time begins with parent/child music time before transitioning to a curriculum that has been developed by early childhood experts. It features resources to introduce little ones to faith concepts in age–appropriate ways. Each lesson will include a story, activities, movement, and prayer.

SUNDAY PRESCHOOL

(Birth through age 3)

Sundays @ 9:45am
Labor Day - Memorial Day


GRACE QUEST

(Birth through 5th grade)

Sundays @ 9:45am
Labor Day - Memorial Day

GraceQuest.jpg

Our Sunday School for the little people is held in age-appropriate classrooms where kids learn, explore, and have fun. Each class begins with a time for singing, prayer, and an introduction to the day's scripture lesson. Grace Quest uses a curriculum called "Whirl" from Sparkhouse. The Grace Quest lessons match up with the focus scripture from Sunday worship, which helps reinforce the stories and learning points. Each child is given a take-home sheet to explore with parents throughout the week.

Each classroom has at least three leaders in order to maintain an effective leader-student ratio, achieve accountability, and provide volunteer flexibility.


FAITH FORMATION

(6th, 7th & 8th grades)

Sundays @ 9:45am
Labor Day - Memorial Day

In this three-year journey young people study the Bible, learn about the Church, and grow as Christian disciples in order to prepare them for the beginnings of a lifelong journey of faith. An informational orientation is held in September with a first class/retreat in October. The youth are encouraged to participate in a week-long summer Confirmation Camp at Lake Luther. Upon completion of the program, the youth are "confirmed" during worship in the Spring. Contact Pastor Mark or Pastor Aaron for more details about the Faith Formation program.


SUNDAY NIGHT LIVE

2nd & 4th Sundays @ 5pm-7pm
Labor Day - Memorial Day

(other events as scheduled)

Youth in grades 6-12 gather on the 2nd and 4th Sunday evenings for worship, a meal, games, and study. Following the large group opening and meal, we divide into separate middle school and high school groups where we explore scripture, wrestle with difficult issues, and seek to provide emotional and spiritual support. Our goal is to provide a safe and healthy environment for youth to explore their faith, learn about themselves, and bond with peers. We strive to lay a strong Christian foundation for the youth through gatherings and activities that promote acceptance and encourage collaboration.


Transformational community-based ministry is the foundational element of this group. Youth Engaged in Service (YES) meets monthly to serve in various ways in the community. For example, visiting nursing homes, assisting with house repairs, preparing and serving meals, and partnering with local ministries to advocate for local and global change. YES is a combined ministry of the high school and middle school youth.

Unique to the high school youth we offer a three-stage rotation of summer ministry experiences: a local service trip, a national service trip, and participation in the ELCA National Youth Gathering.

YOUTH ENGAGED IN SERVICE (YES)

(events as scheduled)


FIRST COMMUNION INSTRUCTION

A chance for study and fun to let kids know why Holy Communion is a gift for them too! The class, geared toward 2nd - 4th graders, is typically offered in March. The experience also includes a special First Communion Celebration on Maundy Thursday during worship in which the youth commune with their family using a personalized chalice they glazed during the class. Other ages are welcome to participate and the class is not meant to be a prerequisite for receiving the sacrament. If you have any questions, please talk with Pastor Aaron.


ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PROGRAM

2017 Date TBD

 

 

Each year our kids come together to participate in a creative, engaging, and fun Christmas program.


PARENTS GROUP

Parenting is hard work and there's no reason to do it alone. Come and join us as we share stories, encourage one another, laugh, and take a break from the stresses of parenting. Childcare is provided. See the calendar for dates.


EXTRACURRICULAR SUPPORT MINISTRY

Today's youth (and their parents!) are busy with sports, music, camps, and other valuable extracurricular activities. We encourage parents to submit performance/game schedules to Pastor Aaron so that we can send Partners in Mission to cheer on the youth and show that they are loved, supported, and cherished.


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