Children's Ministry

Our goal is to help children grow in their relationships with God, to truly know Jesus, and to create a church environment that is a second home.  The Children’s Ministry staff and volunteers are here to love and support families at each step of their faith journey.

On Sunday mornings, Children’s Church is offered during contemporary worship at 9:00.  Our curriculum is engaging and encourages creativity, while being based in Bible teachings.  It’s a fun, caring, energizing time together!

Children’s Church is offered for Kindergarten – 5th grade children.

UNITEkids is a combined group of kids (Pre-K-2nd graders) from Grace UMC and Pekin First UMC.  We meet on Wednesday nights from 5:30-6:30 for games and interactive Bible lessons.  We also share a Facebook group: UNITEkids Pekin UMC to stay connected.  UNITEkids are always learning something new, making Christian friendships, digging into the Bible, and keeping active.

UNITE Bible Buddies is also a combined group of children  (3rd-5th graders) from Grace UMC and Pekin First UMC.  There are three Bible Buddies groups:

Monday at 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Monday at 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Wednesdays at 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Kids must sign-up for which Bible Buddy group they would like to join.  These are small groups and will be limited to ten kids each.  UNITE Bible Buddies will kick-off Sept 11th.

The nursery is open and staffed during UNITEkids for our littles to have time to play and learn together too!

There are special events that will include UNITEkids and UNITE Bible Buddies, so there will be opportunities to ALL be together throughout the year.

For additional information, contact Emmy Thies at:

LEGOs are a big hit at UNITEkids.
This is David and Goliath in LEGO form!

Vacation Bible School is the BIG EVENT each year for the kids at Grace!
VBS mixes Bible lessons with music and dance, art, games, food,
and friends!
VBS 2023 – Twists & Turns . . . Following Jesus Changes the Game, Psalm 25:4