Family & Intergenerational Transformation at Grace
Grace has launched the Family & Intergenerational Transformation (FIT) team with the intention that GraceFIT will develop and implement strategies that move us in the direction of our vision for becoming a truly intergenerational congregation. GraceFIT is made up of the Youth/Young Adults Pastor (chair), Connections Director (vice-chair), and 12-15 people from our congregation of various age groups who have a heart to shape and support the changes we will undergo over time.
The very first initiative GraceFIT is working on is called YES! (Youth Experiencing Services). It seeks to include our young people into worship services now, as much as possible. Currently, our “norm” is that children (up to 5th grade) tend to only attend Children’s Ministry classes while adults attend worship services.
Our goal for the longer term is to help young people learn to worship God in an increasingly “grown up” way. We know this culture shift will take time. We also respect parental decisions when it comes to their own children. Thus, the following guideline is NOT written in stone; parents/ guardians are absolutely free to determine the best way to disciple their children!
Nursery – Preschool: Attend Children’s Ministry for full service time.
Kindergarten – 5th grade: Attend Worship Services with parents/ guardians for at least part of the service time, then attend Children’s Ministry.
6th grade and up: Attend Worship Services as a norm; students in confirmation classes would still attend those classes due to the intensive nature of the study.
The challenge FIT has been working on is how to effectively implement the above, with emphasis on the Kindergarten – 5th grade age group. There are five concerns FIT will address as we implement this:
1. Ensure the safety of children who may move from services to classrooms,
2. Communicate procedures effectively, including for newcomers to Grace so all know what to expect/do.
3. Minimize disruption during worship as children are invited to leave services to go to classrooms.
4. Ensure other affected ministries are not disrupted or can handle any changes.
5. Invite other opinions/ideas by holding meetings to share plans and hear other points of view.
To address all of this, GraceFIT has developed a small, but meaningful modification to our normal worship service flow.
For those families who choose to have their children worship for the initial songs, and then be released to their classrooms, here is a simple process to follow:
Please feel free to reach out to any of the GraceFIT team members (roster coming soon). You can also contact Brian Brinkley ([email protected]) or Sue Montanez ([email protected]) directly, or send your feedback or questions using the following form.
GraceFIT will drive all aspects of our church to continuously improve how we promote the building of intergenerational relationships that build ever firmer faith foundations for all age groups at Grace.
As such, GraceFIT will:
This vision aligns with our overall Grace vision as follows (see bracketed comments):
To be an authentic community [inclusive of all people within our community] where people [of all ages] are becoming fully devoted followers of Christ [with faith that is personal and sticky] and taking His love to [all generations] in Tucson and the world.