7800 West County Road 42
Apple Valley, Minnesota
952-432-7273

Welcome to Grace Bible School

Grace Bible School (GBS) is open to children 3 years of age through 5th grade. In partnership with parents and families, GBS is an opportunity for kids to learn about the God that loves them, the faith communities that care for them, and their place in the world. We generally connect Grace Bible School curriculum and conversations to the themes we’re discussing in sermons and other Christian education experiences.

How It Works

All GBS students are dismissed from the sanctuary following the children’s sermon, to gather in Friendship Hall for large-group music time. After this large-group session, the children break out into their individual classrooms, organized by grade, for age-appropriate learning and crafts. When the service has concluded, parents pick up their children from their classrooms.

On both Sundays and Wednesdays the children meet for Grace Bible School for one hour during regular worship times. If the church service runs long, we will keep them in the classrooms until you arrive to pick them up. If the church service runs short, please wait in the atrium until the class concludes.

As children turn 3 throughout our program year, they are invited to register and join a class. However, because we follow the public school guideline of being 5 on or before September 1 to enter Kindergarten, 3 year olds who join GBS later in the year because of a birthday later than September 1, 2017, will repeat the 3-year-old grade level the following year in order to be in GBS Kindergarten when they enter the public school system.

Register for Grace Bible School

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Register all 3 year olds-5th graders online for the current Grace Bible School program year. You may also pick up forms from the office, or print forms below.

We ask that you complete and submit forms to the church office by June 24, to give us the summer months to assign children to classes and recruit teachers. (We do accept registrations throughout the program year.)

The Parent Ministry portion of the registration form must be completed. Please prayerfully consider how you might volunteer your time next year!

You will receive an informational email in late August. Since all communications are sent to you through email, please be sure that the church office has your preferred household email address that you check on a regular basis, whether that is home or work. Please notify the church office of any phone number or email address changes throughout the year.

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Children, Youth, & Family Ministry Facebook Group

For updates on children, youth, and family ministry events, ideas, tips, and great conversation with other parents – join the Facebook group.

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Memory Work Program

By the time a child completes elementary school, he/she will have memorized age-appropriate “building blocks” of Lutheran faith such as John 3:16, The Lord’s Prayer, The Apostle’s Creed and The Ten Commandments. Once we launch the program each year, students have five weeks to work with their teachers during class time and with their parents at home. At the end of the program each grade recites their memory work for the other grades in large-group time.

Thank you to parents and teachers alike for supporting our children in this important aspect of their Christian education!

Third Grade Bibles

Grace Bible School students in 3rd-5th grades are encouraged to bring their Bibles to class with them each week to use during their lessons.

Bibles will be presented to all third graders during worship services each September. Parents are handed the Bible by Grace leaders, and then hand the Bibles to their children, reminding us of our promise together to place the Scriptures in their hands. We’ll also host a “Get To Know Your Bible” session for students and parents to learn the basics of navigating their new Bible.

If you have a 4th or 5th grader who has not yet received a new blue CEB Bible, please contact Paula Ewald or Lois Williams, 952-432-7273 x107, or childrens.ed@graceofav.org, and we will make sure you get one as a gift from the church.

Bible App for Grace Bible School Children

YouVersion has created a great app-based Bible adventure featuring stories and activities in a way kids love!

Church Use of Photographs

On occasion, Grace Lutheran Church may use group photographs of children/youth in the monthly newsletter, on the church website, social media or as part of a display in the atrium. Children/youth are not identified by name. If you have concerns about photographs possibly being used in this way, please contact Paula Ewald or Lois Williams at 952-432-7273 or childrens.ed@graceofav.org