Young children need to be invited in age-appropriate ways to be ministers of the faith. They should never be given the message that they are the "future of the church." They are the church with us , right here and now, and they have their rightful place in the world and in their faith communities.

   --Schreiner and Northway   

                   The Rite Place

christian formation for children and youth

At Grace Church, we firmly believe that formation begins with worship. That is true not only for adults but for our children and youth. When children are sent off to separate spaces and allowed to participate in only a small slice of worship, we find them coming to confirmation with a limited exposure  to the fullness of communal prayer. For that reason, we invite and expect children to worship with their parents. Activity sheets relating to the day's readings are available along with activity bags for younger children.

children

At this time, our Worship Center based on Godly Play for K-4 is on recess.

A staffed nursery is available for pre-kindergarten children from 9:30 am until worship is concluded.

youth

Youth are invited to serve in worship ministries of acolyte, crucifer, and torch bearers.

confirmation

Eighth and ninth grade students may prepare to make a first mature public affirmation of their faith and commitment to the responsibilities of their baptism. Sessions with the rector are supplemented by individual meetings with adult mentors, and will ideally include discussion, study, reflection on one’s path of  faith, and a project of living out that faith in the world. At the conclusion, each student will make his/her decision about readiness to be confirmed and receive the laying on of hands by the bishop. 

diocesan and national events

Camp Chicago and Episcopal Youth Event: First through twelfth grade students from the Diocese of Chicago may attend week long overnight camps that are held at Stronghold Presbyterian Campgrounds in Oregon, Illinois. High School students may apply to be part of the diocesan delegation to the biannual Episcopal Youth Event (EYE) held in different provinces of the Episcopal Church. We join with Grace Outreach Ministries to make scholarships available for those who need financial assistance.

grace episcopal church

107 S. Prospect Street

Galena, Illinois 61036

815-777-2590

gracesec@gracegalena.org

office hours are tuesday through friday
9 am-12 pm,
closed mondays (rector available by appointment)
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