Here at Grace Church we have a variety of ministries that allow us to educate, encourage, and demonstrate the Christ-Like life we are to demonstrate. Please take a moment to learn more about the different oppurtunities.
ELEVATE Youth Ministry
ELEVATE means to lift, to raise up. We desire to see Jesus Christ lifted up through the lives of our students, our adult leadership, and our entire ministry, in order to draw others to Him and be saved. We also desire to lift up and encourage students in their faith, that they may become strong and devoted followers of Jesus Christ.
Purpose Statement: We exist to REACH students, to CONNECT them with other Christians, to help them GROW in their faith, and to challenge them to HONOR God with their lives and SERVE with their gifts.
ELEVATE meets at Grace Church in New Glarus every Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. and is open to any middle or high school student (6th-12th grade).
Our evenings together usually include an ice breaker/game, announcements, small group discussion, a message from God’s Word, worship and prayer. We have fun, but we are also very serious about God and his Word and making disciples of our young people.
We have a youth center that opens at 6:00 p.m. where students may hang out, eat snacks or play pool, foosball, air hockey, or table games. It is also open after our meetings for student use.
To find special monthly activities and big events throughout the year, see the calendar
Kids J.A.M. (Jesus and me)
Team spirit -- a powerful concept! God's Word teaches us we are all to play an important part in his family. We intend for each child who attends JAM to have an opportunity to not just watch what happens but to BE in it. You have heard it said:
Teach me and I'll forget,
Show me and I'll remember,
Involve me and I'll understand.
We encourage all kids to come out to JR. JAM (K- 2nd grade) or JAM (grades 3rd - 6th) 10:15 a.m.- 11:45 a.m. We want to involve everyone in learning who Jesus is and who we are in Him through puppet skits, drama, songs, physical challenges and more.We pray over each other and are encouraging the kids in their small groups to share what God is showing them and to ask questions.
When God's church meets together, it will always naturally want to function as a unit. We are trusting God to lead us by His Spirit, so we can do this according to His Word and not according to religion or to our flesh.
God will reveal Himself to us through each other as we minister to each other in our giftings. Each child of God will be exhorted to love people wherever they go, showing God to this hurting, lost world.
To stay on top of Sunday activities with the kids, check out the Grace Church Calendar
At Grace Church, we consider our ministry to children of great importance. Following are our Sunday programs for children from birth through 6th grade. (Youth -- ages 13 to 18 -- are invited to participate in our Elevate Youth Ministry, which meets on Wednesday nights.)
Little Lambs Nursery - Newborn to 2 years old
(during the 8:30 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. Worship Service)
The Grace Nursery is a wonderful place where your little ones will be lovingly cared for during the church service. Our caregivers have years of experience tending to infants and young children so that parents can enjoy the worship service knowing their children are in safe hands.
Little Lambs Children - Ages 2 years to Pre-K
(Childcare During the 8:30 a.m. Worship Service)
Sunday School (10:15 a.m. service) is the place to be! God's Word is being brought to life in creative and exciting ways using Orange Curriculum. Three essential truths (God made me, God loves me and Jesus wants to be my friend forever) are taught during both services. Children go into a class filled with circle time, hearing God's Word, puppets, crafts and toys that teach that day's lesson in various ways. They will learn a Bible verse each month and will come away smiling in God's love.
Bible Explorers -- boys and girls Kindergarten - 3rd grade
(8:30 a.m Worship service- meets upstairs)
With these older children, we have the wonderful opportunity to dig deeper into God's Word, memorizing the books and scripture. More details are presented, the discussions are focused and the kids have a great time doing activities that enhance the lesson that they just learned.
God’s Warriors-- boys 4th grade and up
(8:30 a.m. Worship serivce- meets in Youth Room)
Our aim in God's Warriors is to work with God and parents to build young men of faith and courage. In a very real way, the future of the church is here before our eyes. They are the next generation of leaders for our church and our nation.
Will the church be strong in the face of future challenges, perhaps even persecution? If the Christian faith and the church thrive in the future, it will be because of what is happening now. In a very real sense, we are passing the baton of the faith. How will the next generation run the next leg of the race? That depends on how well we are preparing them now.
Motto: Honor the Father, follow the Son, hear and obey the Holy Spirit.
The 3 Big Ideas of God's Warriors:
There's a battle going on, and I am in it.
Know and share the Good News.
It's not just about rules; it's about a relationship.
Handmaidens for Jesus -- girls 4th to 6th grade
(8:30 a.m. Worship sevice -- meets upstairs)
The Handmaidens For Jesus is a group of 4th through 6th grade girls. We combine God's Word, prayer, and encouragement in an intimate setting. We enjoy doing arts and crafts, and having fun together on Sunday mornings.
Sisterhood of Grace -- 7th grade girls and up
(8:30 a.m. Worship service-- meets upstairs in conference room)
Sisterhood of Grace is an intimate group of young girls who enjoy sharing God's Word on Sunday morning. Each week we cover various biblical topics and do crafts/activities that support our teachings. We believe the pre-teen/teen years are a critical time for young girls, and we try to foster an environment that will help each of them grow as grace filled sisters of our Lord and Savior!
“And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice – the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.” (Rom 12:1, NLT)
At Grace Church, we consider our worship time together to be most important in helping members experience the power of God's presence. People from different backgrounds and generations join as one to worship as a family. Through corporate worship, we become refreshed and realigned, preparing ourselves in our relationships and activities to carry the joy, hope, and life found in God’s presence.
The Grace men’s group has had a couple successful meetings so far in 2018, highlighted by a large gathering for the No Regrets conference in February. We typically have monthly meetings on the first Saturday of each month. Our next meeting will include a Hearty Breakfast on Saturday March 3, 8-9 AM. We will continue to focus on the Principle of Path; we will develop a better idea of where we are heading in the areas of relationships and finances.
Our April meeting will be on Tuesday night, April 10th, supper with Dave Bechtold sharing a special message for men.
Our main purpose for these meetings is to make you stronger, both in tools for life and in relationships with other men. If you have questions about Grace Men’s Initiative or have ideas of what you would like to see happen at meetings, talk to leaders John Beil and Barney Smith.
Our Women of Grace mission statement is: "To build a safe place for the women of grace to build relationships that encourage and challenge them to bloom into the women God created them to be."
On the 3rd Saturday of each month, our own Women of Grace Church will share their experiences and testimonies to demonstrate how we can go deeper in our faith. We will also learn about hearing the voice of God by studying the scriptures and learning from each other. These meetings will run from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. at Grace Church. Light refreshments will be served.