Youth Programs

Sundays At Grace

 
G.R.A.C.E Place
9:15-10:30 am 
G.R.A.C.E. Place stands for “God Reaches All Children, Everywhere!”  
 
2 Year Old – Kindergarten
Our 2 year old – Kindergarten class is taught by Lisa Burgoon and Kim Weaner. This class learns the Bible stories with hands-on, interactive activities. Parents are asked to stay in the classroom with any kids ages 2 & 3 years old. 
EO 8 (Tot Spot Room in Education Building)
 
1st – 2nd Grade
Our 1st – 2nd grade class meets with their teacher Mrs. Allison. They follow the 3rd – 6th grade curriculum in the fall. In the spring, our 2nd graders dig into 1st communion curriculum and have their 1st communion the first Sunday after Easter!
LO8-9 (lower level of church)
 
3rd – 6th Grade
3rd – 6th grade get to explore Bible stories through stations! These youth use the Spark Rotation curriculum and each week, get to dig into the Bible lesson with 2 stations. They get to explore the Bible lesson for 2 weeks, each week interacting and learning about the lesson in different ways. Our stations are science, art, Bible adventures, technology, games, and service project!
All Purpose Room LO 2-3 (lower level of church)
 
7th – 8th Grade
This is our confirmation class. Confirmation starts in 7th grade, and they get confirmed at the end of their 8th grade year. They dive into the Old and New Testament of the Bible, Lutheran Theology, the creeds, the Lord’s Prayer, other faith traditions, and how all of this is relevant, is pertinent to their daily lives! We discern what it means to be a Lutheran, ask questions, and discern what the youth are confirmation through confirmation! The teachers are Julie and Kelsey.
All Purpose Room LO 1(lower level of church)
 
9th – 12th Grade Welcome to High School Youth Group! Any youth in 9th – 12th grade are invited to join us each Sunday in LO7, our high school youth room. This upcoming year, the high school students will be choosing their curriculum/devotional they would like to discuss this year! Updates to come!
LO 7 9:30-10:30 Sunday mornings lower level of church

Youth Groups

Elementary – Grades 1-5
During this age, we focus on building relationships with one another, kids and adults alike, so that as our youth grows into our middle and high school programs, the work of creating relationships and knowing each other has been solidified, and we can start to dig deeper into their faith and how it is intertwined with their life.  
 
Middle School – Grades 6-9
7th and 8th graders at Grace are part of our two-year Confirmation program. Each month there are fellowship events offered to create relationships with each other, with friends, and with Christ. This group learns how their faith is working in their life – real life application! 
 
High School – Grades 9-12 
Grace high school youth are invited to all youth events, such as bowling, trunk-or-treat, snowtubing, hiking, etc. We also have special events just for high schoolers, such as lock-ins, retreats, and mission trips. Youth Group meets weekly for grades 9-12 meets at 9:30 am on Sunday’s in LO7. For the first half of the year, in High School Youth Group, we will be diving into the “For the Life of the World” film series and exploring how God’s purposes are woven into every area of our lives. Join us for community, study, fun, snacks, learning, and asking questions. 
 
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Youth Events HERE!

Arnold’s Game Day

 
All ages youth event:
Dec. 28th from 1pm-4pm.
RSVP with $35 to Kelsey by December 21st!
 

Box City

7th – 12th graders: (6th graders interested should see Kelsey) Box City is a service event that raises money & awareness for those who are homeless. You sleep in boxes outside to experience for a night, what those who are homeless go through. There are speakers & small group discussions, as well as free time.
 
 St. James Lutheran church in Limerick, Sat., March 23rd (3pm) – Sun., March 24th (noon).
 
Registration will be out Dec. 1st & includes a $30 fee & the registration form. Turn in your registration fee & form by Jan. 6th to Kelsey. *You will need to find your own box for box city*
 

Tuscarora Lutheran Youth Retreat

(Formerly Harvey Cedars)
6th – 12th graders: Registration information will be on the Youth Table in the narthex on December 1st! Our spring retreat this year is Friday, April 5th (4pm) – Sunday, April 7th (2pm).
 
This retreat is a fun weekend away with other youth from our synod, at the Tuscarora Inn & Conference Center near the Delaware Water Gap. Registration price is $115 per youth. If you need a scholarship, please fill out a form & return it to Kelsey or Pastor Krais NO LATER than Jan. 20th & submit the paperwork for Tuscarora to Kelsey. Scholarship forms can be found on the youth table in the narthex. Registration for this retreat is due Feb. 3rd to Kelsey,
 
 
Christmas Pageant! 
Sunday, December 23
10:45am Service
 
Pageant Rehearsals
Sun., 11/25 10:45am
Large Speaking Parts – Social Hall
Sun., 12/2 10:45 am
ALL SPEAKING PARTS – Social Hall
Sun., 12/9 10:45 am
ALL SPEAKING PARTS – Social Hall
Sun., 12/16 10:45 am
Dress Rehearsal for ALL PARTS – Social Hall
Noon Pizza Lunch: Social Hall 12:30 pm FINAL DRESS REHEARSAL IN SANCTUARY
Sun., 12/23
9:30 am Prompt arrival –Dress & organize groups: All-Purpose Room 10:45 am – Pageant & Worship service After service return costumes & distribute gifts

Involvement

  Youth Visioning Team

Grace’s Youth Visioning Team (YVT) is a group of ten people – youth, adults, parents – who come together every other month to plan youth events and service projects for the year. We all have a passion for our youth, and that passion turns into action.

YVT Mission Statement

“To have a connected, consistent (not scary) youth ministry that attests to the value of church and youth group through engaging, exciting activities to help guide youth and adults understand Christ and that He is always present with us.”

 

Family Ministry 

Family Ministry is an important part of ministry at any church and makes a large impact on the faith of both the youth and the parents. Part of youth ministry includes family ministry. Parents are with their kids more than any other person including youth directors, friends, and teachers. Parents are influential in shaping their youth’s faith. Parents are invited and encouraged to volunteer with G.R.A.C.E. Place, become Youth Group leaders, participate in YVT, or join our Christian Ed team!

 

Grace families can also participate in an annual Family Mission Trip each summer.

Worship Service Opportunities 

There are many opportunities for our youth to engage in our worship services!
 

Crucifers, Acolytes & Torch Bearers

5th – 12th graders are encouraged to participate in worship as crucifers, acolytes, & torch bearers. They light the candles before worship, extinguish them afterwards, collect offering, help with communion on specific Sunday’s, carry the cross during procession, and other duties.
 

Greeters & Ushers 

Grace is a welcoming community and you too, can be a part of it! Help us greet everyone as they walk through the door! You can also usher and distribute the bulletins, help collect offering, and even ring the bell during the Lord’s Prayer.
 

Readers

At both 8 am and 10:45 am services, we have readers who read the first & second reading, and our psalm call and response. If you like reading, please don’t hesitate to join the reading squad!
 

Communion Assistants

You can help distribute communion either through the wine or grape juice on a Sunday morning, sharing the blood of Christ, which has been shed for all.

Trips, Events, & Activities

Bear Creek Camp
Many Grace families attend summer and winter & summer camps at the Bear Creek Camp facilities in Bear Creek, PA. Click HERE to find out more information & register for summer camp! Grace offers camp scholarships, please contact the office to submit a scholarship application.

High School Mission Trip

Eleven high school youth went to Houston June 27th – July 2nd to serve Christ and learn about all that the ELCA does to spread God’s love and word!
Please see our blog to learn and experience our trip!
 
In 2019, students who will have finished 8th -12th grade in the spring of 2019 amy attend our trip with Youthworks, if you have registered.

 

Young Adult Ministry

 
Grace’s Young Adult Ministry is focused on service to our community in Royersford. We serve community meals, participate in church clean-up days, and help with other service projects in the area. The Young Adult Ministry is about doing God’s work through our hands. Service projects are usually done during the winter and summer. Please also visit SEPA Youth page for more information and events to participate in as a young adult!
 
Youth Blog

MN HS Mission Trip 2017: Tuesday, July 18th

On Tuesday morning my crew, turtle river, went to kids club at dream catcher park. When we arrived the children were very energetic and thrilled to see us again. After kids club finished, we went to another work site called, adult day services where we helped clean buses for the seniors. We also played pool noodle hockey & sang karakoe with some of the residents. In the evening our church group went to leech lake and I swam in it! No leeches! I saw god in the youth and the children, the quick connections and bond that was created.

~Abby Coath

 
               

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MN HS Mission Trip 2017: Monday, July 17th

Today was July 17th which was my birthday. I started my celebration bright and early at 6:30am with breakfast prep! Then I ate a bagel, which was okay since I burnt it a little in the toaster, then made myself a hoagie for lunch. After breakfast there was a meeting about what to expect during sports camp. Then at sports camp I played with this little girl, Haylie, and also got beat up by a 9 year old boy named Anthony. We ate lunch around 12 and left. Then we had another meeting about our high and lows of the day. Later in the day we went to Andie and Jess’s house and learned about Native American history. It was really interesting and I also bought a homemade dreamcatcher from their daughter. Overall I eat this day as an 8. I saw God through all the children and get closeness they had with each other.

?~Lily Coath


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MN HS Mission Trip 2017: Sunday, July 16th

We woke up at 8am at the church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. We got breakfast at Caribou coffee. After that we went back to first Lutheran Church and attended their service, which started at 10am. They were welcoming and excited for us to be there. We then went to Chipotle for lunch before starting our about 3 hr drive north. We arrived at the school that we would be staying at for the next few days. We first unloaded the van and got situated in our rooms. After that we had dinner which was sloppy joes, mac & cheese, baked beans, and salad. Then we had our youth orientation which consisted of “speed friending”. The youthworks leaders asked very random questions like, “what type of ice cream most describes your life?” After that all the adults came in and we had our first large group gathering. We sang, prayed, and watched videos about youthworks and a singer/songwriter who created a song a out God. Then we got together as a church and talked about our high and lows, as well as what we are excited and nervous for. Then it was time for lights out.

I saw God in many ways. The people at first Lutheran were very nice and appreciative of what we were doing and wanted to learn more. Then when we were at Chipotle, a man there prayed before he ate his meal. Then once we got to the school, the leaders were really friendly and helped us settle in. I also saw God when He got us to all the places we needed to go safely.

 

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MN HS Mission Trip 2017: Saturday, July 15th

July 15, 2017

This morning we woke up at 9:30 and left the church at 10 to travel to Minneapolis. We took the light rail to downtown Minneapolis where we had a delicious lunch. After our meal, we took another light rail all the way to the famous Mall of America. Our first adventure was at Sea Life where we learned all different types of facts about all marine life. After sea life, we went up to the Minnesota shops and bought our youth leader a shirt to show our appreciation towards her. When we were done on the very top floor, we went down to get delicious frozen yogurt. While two of the youth and one of the leaders wanted to continue shopping, the rest of us kids and Kelsey went down to ride a roller coaster in the Nickelodeon Universe. After the thrill of the ride, we left the mall and went to Pizza Lucé for a very filling dinner where we talked about our day. We saw God in all different, but very unique ways. Some of our sightings consisted of when many people were asking and talking about our thrivent shirts or when people were holding the door open for us with welcoming smiles. I was personally changed today by seeing how thankful i should i cherish my life or to cherish special moments and seeing how beautiful the world is when you put down your cellular device.

~Sydney Floyd

 
        

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MN HS Mission Trip 2017: Friday, July 14th

July 14th 2017 – MN Mission Trip
 
This morning we met at 5:30am to drive at 6am to the church in which we will sleep tonight and tomorrow night. We passed through 4 states. Sydney and Abby kept count of the different license plates we saw, totaling up to 34. Our God sightings were when we saw the beautiful landscapes and sunset in Wisconsin and the towering mountains in Ohio and Illinois. We stopped once in each state to use the restroom and get more food. We also saw God when numerous people came up to us and asked us about the mission trip and where we were going. We also met a service dog in Ohio named Maverick with baby blue crystal eyes that made our day better.
   

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