Route 252 Children’s Ministries
Route 252 signifies that children are on a journey to know Christ and be transformed by Him. Luke 2:52 tells us, “Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.” Our desire is that children will follow in Christ’s footsteps by growing physically, emotionally, and spiritually into men and women after God’s own heart. Our ministries are designed to help children develop an age-appropriate understanding of Christ through Route 252’s Core Values.
Our Mission: Route 252 exists to partner with parents to make as many children as much like Jesus Christ in the shortest time possible.
Our Vision: Route 252 envisions a world full of healthy local churches reaching children with the Gospel.
- I can read and understand the Bible and apply it to my life. (The Word is the Filter)
- I can talk to God. (Pray at All Times)
- I can love others because God loves me. (Love Shapes Character)
- I can serve God inside and outside the church. (Go to Grow)
- My parents and Route 252 leaders show me that God loves me. (Parents are Partners)
- My Route 252 leaders care about me and want to help me grow. (Relationships Matter)
- I can learn how to trust God in every event and relationship in my life. Every activity in Route 252 is designed to help me with this. (Intentional Influence Counts)
Preschool ministries at GPN are designed to introduce children to the love of Christ through relationships with caring adults, interaction with peers, and introduction to God’s Word in an age-appropriate way.
Drive is the Sunday ministry for preschoolers in Route 252. Offered during both the 9am and 10:45am services on Sundays, Drive Preschool serves children 2 years old through Pre-Kindergarten. Using The Gospel Project curriculum, children participate in a large group time of worship and Bible study then divide into age-level classes for hands-on, age appropriate activities as the children begin to learn about their place in The One Big Story of the Bible. More information on Drive policies and procedures can be found here:
On Wednesdays during the school year from 6:30-8pm, kids ages 4 through 6 (preK) can attend Cubbies. Using the Awana Clubs curriculum kids engage in fun, Scripture-rich experiences that lead them to know, love and serve Christ. Kids can join this mid-week ministry at any time during the year. Coloring, puppet shows, memorizing Bible verses, Bible story time and gym time are all part of the Cubbies curriculum – so much for your preschooler to enjoy!
Kids in elementary school are eager to learn. At school they are learning to read and reading to learn. In Route 252 they are learning to read the Bible and reading to learn about God. But that’s not all! They engage in relationships with adults who model what a relationship with Christ looks like and lead them in discipleship. With peers, they pray for one another, serve alongside one another, and learn together what it means to follow Christ in a fallen world.
In Fuel, Route 252’s Sunday ministry for children in Kindergarten through 4th grade, kids are “fueled up” for the week as they study God’s One Big Story – the Bible – using The Gospel Project curriculum. At 9am kids attend a large group time of worship and Bible study then divide into grade-level classes for hands-on application activities, prayer, and relationship-building. At 10:45am kids engage in a rotation of fun activities. Designed to complement the 9am format, kids participate in Narration Station (Bible Study), Animation Station (Games), and Imagination Station (Crafts, Cooking, Science) weekly. Whether kids attend both services, or just one, they will have a complete experience and lesson, but we hope they’ll stay for both!
On Wednesdays during the school year from 6:30-8pm, kids in Kindergarten through 2nd grade can attend Sparks and kids in 3rd through 4th grade can attend Truth & Training (T&T). Using the Awana Clubs curriculum kids engage in fun, Scripture-rich experiences that lead them to know, love and serve Christ. High energy songs, Bible story time, memory verses and gym time make Sparks the perfect place for your Kindergarten through 2nd grader to learn more about Jesus. The T&T curriculum engages kids graders by answering their questions about God and the Bible. Kids have a Bible study to do at home, then come to Mid-week for a large group lesson related to the study and small group discussion. Kids also participate in Tracks, 4-5 week hands-on classes designed to appeal to a variety of interests and learning styles including Cooking, Dance, Games, Model Railroading, Drama, Juggling, and more! Kids can join this mid-week ministry at any time during the year.
Children at the end of elementary school and entering middle school are at a unique stage of life, young enough that they “don’t quite fit” with the 7th & 8th graders but “too old” to be with elementary-aged kids. We have a ministry just for them!
During the 9am Sunday service we have a class just for 5th & 6th graders. Filled with music, games, Bible study and laughter, it’s a time these kids can be themselves as they learn to navigate the Middle School world! Their Bible Study uses The Gospel Project curriculum so they study the same topic as their younger siblings but in an age-appropriate way.
TRUTH & TRAINING
On Wednesdays during the school year from 6:30-8pm, kids in Kindergarten through 6th grade can attend Truth & Training (T&T). Using the Awana Clubs curriculum kids engage in fun, Scripture-rich experiences that lead them to know, love and serve Christ. The T&T curriculum engages kids graders by answering their questions about God and the Bible. Kids have a Bible study to do at home, then come to Mid-week for a large group lesson related to the study and small group discussion. Kids also participate in Tracks, 4-5 week hands-on classes designed to appeal to a variety of interests and learning styles including Cooking, Dance, Games, Model Railroading, Drama, Juggling, and more! Kids can join this mid-week ministry at any time during the year.
Does your child have special needs? Let us know! Whatever the diagnosis, from ADHD to Autism to Down Syndrome, we want to make sure your child can learn about Jesus in an age appropriate and developmentally appropriate way. As needed, volunteers are assigned to partner with kids who need extra help participating and we will work with you to custom-design a ministry plan for your child.
Contact us to schedule a time to discuss your child’s needs
Sundays from June 2 through July 28 at 9am & 10:45am in the Route 252 Sunday school classrooms
Join us at Grace Pointe Naperville for a 9-week free Summer Sunday Camp for children entering Kindergarten through 5th grade!
Children are experiencing a BIG high energy summer camp exploring Unlikely Biblical Heroes such as Joshua,
Nehemiah, Esther, and Ruth in our series BIG Unlikely Heroes. Camp includes a Bible story, craft, and gym time with each week highlighting a family time superpower event. We are excited to have your child(ren) join us this summer!
Planning to visit GracePointe Naperville?
We know that visiting a church can be a stressful experience as you wonder if your child will be safe and well-cared for. We hope to answer all your questions on this page, but if you have more, feel free to contact us. We want to make sure your first experience in Route 252 becomes a regular one!
A comfortable lounge for nursing moms and their spouses, if desired, is available in the infant nursery. The service is streamed live so you won’t miss a thing!
For infants and toddlers, bring a diaper bag with anything your child might need during the service (bottle, diapers & wipes, sippy cup, change of clothes, comfort item). Cheerios and/or animal crackers are provided but if your child needs a different snack, fee free to pack that.
For preschoolers, pack a diaper bag if needed. It’s always a good idea to have an extra set of clothes available even for children who are potty trained since accidents sometimes happen. Start early having your child develop the habit of bringing a Bible. We recommend the My First Hands-on Bible published by Tyndale House.
For elementary-aged kids, we use a Bible weekly and recommend the Following Jesus BIble (ESV Version) published by Crossway. Don’t have a Bible? No problem! We will gladly give one to your child!
For all items, be sure they are clearly labeled with your child’s first name and last initial.
Guardian receipts include the child’s name and a family number. As children are picked up, volunteers match both the name and number. Children will not be released without further identification if the name and number do not match.
On Sundays, parents of preschoolers will receive a pager. We will page you if your child needs your attention. Having provided your phone number during check in allows us to contact you during other ministry activities.
During the check-in process, you have the opportunity to write a note regarding your child. Please indicate the allergy which will be printed on the nametag. All snacks served in Route 252 are nut, milk, egg and dairy free. If a special cooking activity will be taking place which may impact your child, we will alert you.
In order to promote the health and wellness of all our children, Route 252 is for well children only. If a child has any of the following symptoms, the parents will be asked to keep the child with them for the day:
– Fever above 100 degrees within the last 24 hours
– Vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours
– Sore throat
– On antibiotic for any illness less than 24 hours
– Unexplained or contagious skin rash
– Chronic cough
– Bleeding/wet diaper rash
– Runny nose with yellow or green discharge
– Pink eye
– Parasites (lice, ringworm, bed bugs)
All volunteers must complete a ministry application and pass a background check. In addition, every room must be staffed with two unrelated adults. Volunteers undergo regular training on safety policy and procedures.
If you have an infant or toddler, our nursery is on the main floor. For children ages two and up, proceed down the stairs that are clearly marked Route 252. Visit one of our check-in kiosks where you will enter your name, email address and phone number as well as the name(s) and age(s)/grade(s) of your children. Name tags will be printed for your children at these stations as well as guardian receipts for you. You will need to present these receipts to pick up your children at the end of the ministry activity.
After receiving your nametags and Guardian Receipts, proceed to the appropriate classroom. You can see a building map with Sunday class locations here. Rooms for other ministries will vary, but we will have people available to help you figure out where to go.
Awana is a world-wide nonprofit ministry focused on providing Bible-based evangelism and discipleship solutions for ages 2-18. As the global leader in child and youth discipleship, Awana gives children the opportunity to know, love and serve Jesus, no matter their background. Awana equips local volunteers in churches around the world with Biblical evangelism and discipleship solutions so that today’s children may become tomorrow’s Christian leaders, in every aspect of society and culture.
Our Awana clubs meet on Wednesdays, 6:30-8pm during the school year for kids pre-K (4 by 12/31/19) through Grade 6.
This years Awana program will begin on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 from 6:30-8pm. Online registration will begin on August 1.
For more information about Awana, please visit Awana.org.
To contact a specific Route 252 staff:
Henry Dutton, Family Pastor
Jamie Oten, Children’s Minister
Dorothy Foster, Elementary Ministry Coordinator
Receive text message updates: Text @gpnch to 81010.
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