What is Gracelink?

Are you wondering how to create a meaningful children’s ministry program?  The “Four Dynamics of a Growing Christian Experience” provides the framework for a meaningful, redemptive children’s ministries curriculum. They are:

Grace, Worship, Community and Service

Lets Break them down:-

Grace

We want for our children the peace that comes from growing up in a spiritual atmosphere founded upon, saturated with, and characterized by grace.

In this atmosphere our children can learn how much Jesus loves them.  They discover how He would have died for them even if they had been the only one who needed His help.

What does it means?

They’ll learn He has prepared a home for them in His eternal kingdom.  They’ll come to appreciate that this eternal home is a gift from the goodness of Jesus–that can’t be earned.

We believe that God’s grace is sufficient for all our needs–that a mature Christian experience needs no other motivation than the saving love of Jesus.

What should we do?

Through our lessons and children’s stories we want to impart the full impact of a grace orientation.  Discussions about salvation will emphasize the actions of God toward us.
We believe that grace is the power behind “the good works that Christians do,”  even though we do not believe that “the good works that Christians do” earn salvation.

 

Worship

We are eager for our children to discover the joy of worshipping God.  This joy is often evident in times of worship:  family devotions, Sabbath School meetings, and church services.

What does it mean?

We also want our children to know that every moment of their lives can be a happy response to God’s grace.  Relations with mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers, teachers, classmates, and friends can praise God as well as promote harmony. Our social activities reveal the God we worship as well as provide happy recreation.  Our helpful activities can point people to Jesus as well as encourage others.

We believe that a maturing faith responds to God’s grace through every aspect of our lives, and that such faith results in an abundant life, full of joy here on earth.

What should we do?

In our children’s stories and lessons, we must not separate the spiritual parts of our lives from the rest of what we do.  All our kids’ activities must be open to the leading of God.

This is also a primary reason why we insist on contemporary versions of the Bible.   Children need to hear God’s Word in everyday language and know that they can speak to God as a friend.

 

Community

We want to create for our children a genuine community of faith in which their Christian experience can fully develop.  We understand that this requires a modeling of God’s grace that is accepting, non-judgmental, and forgiving.

What does it mean?

A genuine community of faith purposefully involves our children in spiritual life at home and in church.  A faith community will actively challenge prejudice and division between gender, racial, ethnic, socio-economic, and age groups.
It means encouraging children’s exploration of their own faith; and providing creative, thought-provoking challenges to spiritual growth.  We should also teach our children how to support their faith community with their prayers, financial support, and participation.

We believe that a faith community begins in the home, is nurtured through Christian education, and is the vision in which all our churches seek fulfillment.

What should we do?

Our children’s lessons and stories need to help create a positive faith development climate.   Through words and illustrations, we want to actively involve our children in their own congregations.

We want to see them taking part, asking questions, being warmly received as full members of their church, making contributions, and discovering answers.

 

Service

We want our children to experience the profound satisfaction that comes from a life of service to others–fulfilling our church’s mission in our homes, our neighborhoods, our nation, and the world.
Such satisfaction comes from experiencing the joy of service.  It is our responsibility to help facilitate the motivation and opportunities for service.

What does it mean?

We can teach our children the blessings of serving God by their being faithful in little things.  Teach them that everyday duties can be acts of devotion, and that each person has a special work in God’s plan.
We can model faithfulness by extending hospitality, encouraging others with kindness, and attending to the physical and spiritual needs of others.  From their earliest days, our children need to know how special it is, how Christ-like, to be a servant.

What should we do?

We believe that a grace orientation motivates us to serve others.  Children who learn the joys of service experience a level of faith maturity that encourages a lifetime of service for God.  We want to help our children personally discover this joy.