Children & Youth

Marta Carina coffee hourGrace is a place for people of ALL ages, including kids! Listed below are some opportunities offered throughout the year. We also connect online through our Grace University Families Facebook page—visit the page and request to be added. This is a closed group intended for support and ideas as we raise the young people in our lives. Pastor Melanie is the facilitator—contact her at with questions.

2016-2017 Children, Youth and Family Event Brochure

See a full list of activities for Children, Youth and Families below!

Sunday School

Classes for preschoolers through 7th graders meet Sundays during Grace Time from 9:20 am to 10:20 am, September – May.  Caring and experienced teachers use a dynamic curriculum to encourage the faith of our youngest members through Bible stories, activities, discussions and class projects. Visit our Sunday School page to find links to fill out a registration form or photo permission form.

Have questions about Sunday School or other children’s activities? Contact Jenny Odden at or 612-816-9462.


SF groupOur youth – 8th grade through high school seniors – also meet on Sundays during Grace Time. Every Sunday brings something new and different…Maybe we’ll be at the coffee shop. Maybe someone will be talking to us about clean wells in Tanzania. You will just have to come to discover what we’re up to!

Besides Sundays, our youth gather periodically to serve together and have fun together. Each summer our youth go on a mission trip to serve and work alongside individuals and families somewhere in the United States: Appalachia, Denver, Detroit, San Francisco… Keep your eyes peeled for opportunities to support our youth and their fundraising for this life-changing trip!

Our Confirmation program is retreat-based and runs on a two-year cycle, with students beginning Confirmation in 7th or 8th grade and being confirmed in the fall following the second full year of the program (9th or 10th grade). Learn more about this year’s focus on our Confirmation page. The next class begins in Fall 2017.

Christmas Program

Angels, shepherds and wise people gather around Mary, Joseph, and Jesus while the Christmas story is read.

Angels, shepherds and wise people gather around Mary, Joseph, and Jesus while the Christmas story is read.

On a Sunday afternoon 1-2 weeks before Christmas, we hold our two-part pageant: gifts for Jesus (shared talents…a drawing, a song, a dance, a magic trick, etc.) and a simple telling of the nativity story. Children are invited to participate by both sharing their talents and assuming a role of angel, shepherd, or wise person in the story.


Grace has adopted a Children and Youth Safety Policy – read it here: Grace Children and Youth Safety Policy