Welcome! It is our desire to partner with and support parents, showing each child "All About Jesus: beginning to end" -- Genesis through Revelation, infancy to old age.
If you are new, we encourage you to check in at the children's welcome desk in the main building where volunteers can help direct you to your children's classes. 3rd-5th graders are invited to go directly to service for worship singing with families before being dismissed to their classes.
Weekly Sunday Mornings in Children's Ministry
Preschool Ages: Birth - Pre K
Loving care is given to all children, but especially babies through 4-year olds since separation from parents can sometimes be difficult. Children "move up" from the baby to toddler room as they are able to walk independently and sit for a snack and short Bible story. 2-4 year old children move up each August as the new school year begins. Weekly interactive Bible lessons begin at age two which include songs, crafts, activities, and dramatic play.
Elementary Classes: Kindergarten - 5th Grade
Students are divided by age and gender to present the gospel in the most meaningful way. PreK-5th students learn one Bible verse each month so families can work on it together. Parents are encouraged to visit or help in class, and to use the take-home papers to continue conversations at home.
Older Elementary Kids Join in Worship!
We are excited to come together as a body to worship and build community across generations! Our 3rd-5th graders go directly to worship service with their family to join them for worship singing. After the music, they are dismissed through the side door to the Children’s Hallway where teachers will take them to class. Children younger than third grade are very welcome in service as well – parents will need to walk them to class and sign them in.
If you have any questions, feel free to stop by the Children’s Welcome Desk in the CM Hallway, or ask for Melanie Wilkins, our Children’s Ministry Director, 891-2006 or email
Grace Mills River has the privilege of partnering with The Storehouse a second year to help 15 neighborhood children at Christmas. Gift tags can be picked off the Christmas tree in the Info area October 22 through November 5. Unwrapped gifts should be returned by December 3 behind the Children’s welcome desk. Any questions, contact Melanie ( or 891-2006 ext 133).
COME ENJOY CHILI LUNCH & PACK SHOEBOXES TOGETHER
Everyone is invited to stay after second service/noon on November 12 to enjoy chili lunch (provided for donation) then pack shoeboxes together. You are welcome to donate items for the shoeboxes (school supplies, small toys, hygiene items; no toothpaste or candy this year) at the children’s welcome desk or bring to the chili lunch. All ages are welcome! Questions, contact or 891-2006 ext 133
Shoebox Drop-Off Site
Grace Mills River will be a drop-off site this year for the community to bring their OCC shoeboxes. We need volunteers Monday, Nov. 13 - Monday, Nov. 20 to greet people, take boxes, pray with people/pray over boxes, pack boxes into crates, trucks & vans to transport boxes to Hendersonville throughout week. Please contact Teresa Jordan for more details:
Opportunities to Serve
There is always room for more volunteers in Children's Ministry! Please contact Melanie if you are interested in teaching, helping, greeting at the welcome desk, or working behind the scenes. We can work with your schedule (once a month, once a quarter, weekly, bi-weekly) and in your area/age of interest and passion. This is a wonderful way to connect with others while serving the children and families of Grace!
Contact Melanie about ministry opportunities: , 891-2006 ext 133 or dowload the Volunteer Application
All teachers are required to submit to a thorough background check. In addition all teacher helpers must attend training.