Partnering with families to make disciples Family Ministry

At GCR, we aim to partner with families to make a generation of disciples who love God, grow in community, and reach out with the love of Christ. We want to be a church filled with families of all types that love and serve Jesus Christ.

We believe that it is the primary, but not sole, responsibility of parents and guardians to disciple their children. Our church has a role to play in the creation of next generation of disciples through ministering directly to children and equipping parents to lead their children to Christ.

We offer weekly opportunities through Kid City and Gospel Student Ministries (GSM) for your children to encounter Jesus on an age-appropriate level.

We also honor significant milestones in your family’s life by holding family dedications, baptism courses for parents of young children, and other parenting and discipleship courses to empower you to direct your children to Christ.

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Get to know the team:

Brandon Cutshall
Kid City Director

What is Kid City?

Kid City is our Sunday morning environment for children ages birth – 5th grade, and is offered for all ages during all Sunday services. At Kid City, your children will have the opportunity to learn about Jesus in a safe, fun environment, while you are worshipping and fellowshipping.

What curriculum is used in Kid City?

For our nursery and toddler rooms, there is no formalized curriculum. We have found that our youngest children are best served by being prayed over, sung to, and given safe play-time during the service.

For our 3 year old through 5th grade classes, we use the Gospel Project for Kids curriculum. Each Sunday every child is learning the same Bible lesson at an age-appropriate level. Your child will watch a video lesson created by the Gospel Project and will be led by our volunteers through a discussion, craft, and/or games related to that lesson.

To help you continue to discussion at home, each child is given an activity sheet to take home with them. These activity sheets have fun games for kids and great discussion starters for parents to use to continue gospel-centered conversations at home.

Where will my children be?

Kid City is located down the tiled hallway that connects to the center of our main hallway just outside the sanctuary (if the sanctuary was the top of a capital letter “T,” the hallway for Kid City is the lower portion).

It takes less than one minute to walk from the front of the sanctuary to the check-out point of Kid City.

Once securely checked into Kid City, children are divided into the following classrooms:

  • Nursery: 0-18 months
  • Toddler Room: 18-36 months
  • 3s Class: 3-4 years old
  • Pre-K: 4 & 5 year olds (or until your child starts Kindergarten)
  • Elementary Suite (they will watch the lesson together in the main room, then divide)
  • Kindergarten & 1st Grade Class
  • 2nd & 3rd Grade Class
  • 4th & 5th Grade Class

How do I know my children are safe?

The safety of our children is extremely important to us and is something we take very seriously. There are several precautionary policies we have in place to ensure our children are safe:

  • We have a single access point for all of Kid City, which is monitored at all times. If someone is entering the Kid City area, we know it.
  • All Kid City volunteers are background checked and required to wear a name tag at all times. If you see a volunteer without a name tag, please alert another volunteer or staff member.
  • We do not change diapers. You will be paged if your child needs a fresh diaper.
  • Two volunteers must be with a child at all times. A volunteer will never be alone with your child.
  • We have a secure check-in and check-out system. When your family checks-in, you will receive a parent/guardian tag and a name tag for each child entering Kid City. Children’s name tags include their age and any medical notes you have provided. They will wear their name tags the entire time they are in Kid City. The parent tag will display a unique code which will be displayed on the screen in the sanctuary if we need to page you during the service. You will need to retain the parent/guardian tag in order to pick up your children at the end of the service. Parent tags are required to pick up children and ensures that children are being picked up by the appropriate party. This is a security measure we take very seriously, thank you for your cooperation!

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Get to know the team:

Brandon Read
GSM Director

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What is Gospel Student Ministries (GSM)?

GSM encompasses all of the events and environments we offer for students 6th – 12th grade. Currently, GSM meets on Thursday nights from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. for Engage and Sunday mornings during the 9:30 a.m. service time for the GSM Discipleship Community. GSM also meets for special events like retreats, service projects, and Christian concerts at various times throughout the year.

Where does GSM meet?

GSM meets on the top floor of our building in the youth suite.

On Thursday nights for Engage, students can be dropped off (or walked in, we love meeting parents!) at our Bedford Entrance where a team of volunteers will be available to check them in and walk them upstairs to the suite.

On Sunday mornings for the Discipleship Community, students can meet upstairs in the youth suite at 9:30 a.m.

What can students expect to experience at Engage?

Engage is a casual environment held on Thursday evenings designed to mimic what our adult attenders experience in a Gospel Community

For the first hour, students will have snacks, play games, and get to know one another. During the second hour, the students are led in a time of worship, Bible teaching, and small group discussion. For discussion, students are divided into groups based on gender and age.

What can students expect to experience at the Discipleship Community?

The GSM Discipleship Community is a topical Bible study designed to mimic what our adult attenders experience in one of our Discipleship Communities.

Students will walk through a short-term topical Bible study. Topics are chosen by our GSM leadership based on the needs and issues facing the GCCR youth and include things like identity, apologetics, what is theology?, and more. The topics studied in the GSM Discipleship Community are not the same as the teaching shared at Engage.