Gurnee Community Church Children's Ministry

Whether you are just joining our Children's Ministry monthly emails or have received them for quite a while, there are always great things to read about!  We're glad you are a part of the GCC's Children's Ministry!!!!
Sunday Funday

We are saving our offering to help support Lake County Veterans and Family Services. This organization provides many services for military families. O ffering is collected every Sunday in the 2 year old room through Eleme ntary. 

Grade Promotion Sunday

Sunday, August 18th we will have our grade promotion celebration during the 10:45 service. We will have all students go directly to their  current  classrooms at 10:45. Elementary students please go straight to the large group room (Fellowship Hall) after checking in. We will bring the students into the service to bless them, have them walk over the bridge and go on to their new classrooms. Incoming 6th graders will be presented bibles and will remain in service and sit with the other middle school & high school students in the Sanctuary.
Picnic in the Park

Sunday, August 25th will be our annual Picnic in the Park @ Viking Park. There will be a church service at 11:00. During that time the kids preschool - 5th grade will have their backpacks blessed. After the service there will be a pot luck lunch and then a ministry fair with face painting, temporary tattoos, giveaways and more.

PLEASE bring the following

1. Your child(ren)'s backpack

2. Chairs/blankets to sit on during the service

                                                                  3. Food to contribute to the potluck

                                                                      Last Name: A-H salad; I-P side dish; Q-Z dessert

Family Time
Booth and Parade

THIS Saturday, August 10th and Sunday, August 11th.
What a great way to be a part of outreach to our community! Saturday between 11-7 or Sunday between 10-2 help at the water booth or game tent. We will also have chairs and blankets set up in front of the church for the parade. Please join us!
Labor Day Family Camp

Friday, Aug 30th Monday, Sept 2nd  @ L ake Geneva Youth Camp. This is a GREAT weekend for families with kids of all ages! For more details click   HERE

This fall you don't want to miss....
Between services - light breakfast

Starting Sunday, September 8th from 10:00-10:40 (every Sunday) we will have light breakfast in the gym for all TruKids' families! Are you coming for 9:00 bible study and are staying for 10:45 service? Great, grab food. Are you going to the 10:45 service and want to come early? Great, come for food! This is a time to play, eat and visit.
Small Groups - Elementary Students

September 8th - December 15th, during the 9:00 service, we will have small groups for K-5th graders. During this time...
- There will be discussion about topics important to our kids (bullying, friends, respect), how the world handles them and what the bible says about them
- We will work on developing their prayer lives
We are asking that you make a commitment for your child to attend as many Sundays as possible. We are starting this with two things in mind...growth for our children and for you. There is a men's group and adult Bible Study class that meets during the 9:00 service. Please note that this is not a drop off time, you must remain in the building during the time your child is in small group. *REMINDER (from above) there will be light breakfast in the gym in-between services to fill the time before the 10:45 service (and to be in fellowship). Please talk to Carrie Yeaman if you are interested in having your children participate.

NEW.....Facebook Group for Families
GCC Families with Children Group

T his group is to help us stay connected and grow together. It will have pictures (it is a closed group, meaning that only GCC families accepted into the group will be able to see them), upcoming events, ways to ask questions and dialogue with other parents. C lick the link below to be added.                   
Carrie's Corner
How has your summer been? If it is anything like ours you don't know where the summer went. You know that your family DID a lot of things this summer and often those things were together. However, I was talking to a few people at church on Sunday and I have a feeling that I missed out. I missed out on my child's face as they played because they were with friends and I was visiting with my friends. I missed out on singing silly songs with my kids on our road trips because they were on their ipads and I was talking to my husband. I missed out on great conversations at night in bed with my kids because I was too exhausted from the day to lay with them for a little while. PLEASE hear me that I am not saying that building relationships with friends or talking with my husband or sleeping are not important things. What I am saying is that our kids grow up fast and the times we are spending with our kids are we DOING THINGS (filling time, going through the motions, attending more things that we can say we did this summer) with our kids or are we BEING (having conversations with them as we ride in the car, doing things that require face to face interactions, listening to their needs) with our kids.

Children are a gift from the Lord;
they are a real blessing.
(Psalm 127:3)

Let us turn our eyes and ears to our children to enjoy them!

Blessings and love,

Carrie Yeaman
Director of Children's and Family Ministries
847-336-2392 x209