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 envisions a world full of healthy local churches reaching children with the Gospel.
Our Vision: Route 252 exists to partner with parents to make as many children as much like Jesus Christ in the shortest time possible.
- 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 (by 12/31/2017) 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!
This Week in Drive (Preschool):
Bottom Line: Jesus is calling us to follow Him.
Key Passage: Matthew 4:18-22 (Jesus calls the first disciples)
Memory Verse: “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.” Psalm 29:2
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.
This week in Fuel (Elementary):
Bottom Line: Just like the disciples were attracted to Jesus when He called them, iron is attracted to magnets. Jesus put a longing or attraction in our heart that is longing for Him. He is calling us like he called Peter, James, John, and the other disciples.
Key Passage: Matthew 4:18-22 (Jesus called the first disciples)
Memory Verse: “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.” Psalm 29:2
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.
Contact us to schedule a time to discuss your child’s needs.
We’re so excited you’ve chosen to explore being involved with Route 252! You make a big difference in the lives of children simply by choosing to invest in their spiritual journey. Kids are asking big questions as they are seeking their own personal relationship with Christ. So let’s celebrate them, their development, and their spiritual journey.
Opportunities exist working directly with children as well as behind-the-scenes. Check out the ways you can serve below.
Ready to commit? Need more information? Want to talk about whether Route 252 is the right fit for you? Contact Melissa Rowe:firstname.lastname@example.org.
CO-LEAD A GROUP
Co-Lead a group on Sunday or Wednesday (2 years olds – 6th grade). Co-Leading provides consistency for the kids as well as a team who can decide how best to divide responsibilities. We provide training, curriculum, support, and all the help you need to ensure you will be successful!
LOVE ON INFANTS
During Sunday services and special events, volunteers provide peace of mind to parents that their children will be cared for in a safe environment.A the same time, through thoughtful attention and care, volunteers begin demonstrating Christ’s love to our youngest children.
ASSIST A CHILD WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
Our desire is that all children experience the love of Christ in an age appropriate manner. Some kids need a little special attention to make this happen. Volunteers are needed to come alongside children with special needs such as autism, Down Syndrome, or behavioral challenges to help them know Christ’s love.
ASSIST WITH CHECK-IN AND SECURITY
As families arrive for all ministry activities, volunteers are needed to welcome them, assist them with the check in process, and help them find their child’s classroom. Volunteers in this role have a unique opportunity to impact visitors as you might be the first regular attender they encounter!
SERVE BEHIND THE SCENES
It takes a lot of preparation to make ministry to children happen. Behind-the-scenes volunteers are the hidden gems that support other volunteers by making copies, shopping, cutting out and preparing supplies, and more! You set your own schedule and can choose to work at the church or at home. This is a great opportunity for people who want to support Route 252 without working directly with kids!
ASSIST WITH SPECIAL EVENTS
Be part of a team that organizes and leads special events for kids. SummerBlast, Strollin’ to the Stable, and Winter Camp are just some of the events you can support.
SET DESIGN AND ROOM DECOR
As our classrooms are being renovated, a team is needed to assist with the design and decorating of each room. Additionally, in our large group environments for both preschool and elementary, we periodically change our stage set. Volunteers are critical for making this happen!
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.
To contact a specific Route 252 staff:
Melissa Rowe, Lead Children’s Minister
Jamie Oten, Children’s Minister
Receive text message updates: Text @gpnch to 81010.
To join a class, click here.
Route 252 July 2018 Newsletter
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