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Children, Youth, & Family

“I pray that Christ may dwell in your hearths through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love……”

Ephesians 3:17-19

Supporting and nurturing faith at church and at home.
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  • Milestones
  • Nursery
  • MOPS
  • Family Events
  • Elizabeth Ministry
  • Lactation Consultant
  • Youth Group
  • With Every Act (HS Mission Trip)
  • Christians on a Mission (HS Senior Mission Trip)
  • Open Lunch
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birth - 2 years

Let the little children come to me... Matthew 9:14a
We mark special times in our children’s faith journeys to celebrate as families, sometimes together at Gloria Dei with other families and children the same age, and sometimes at home with only the members of your household.

Family Events

Special events for the whole family are planned from time to time. Come join in the fun!

Nursery

We encourage families with children of all ages to participate in worship services. The nursery is open during worship for young children and is located off the hallway to the west of the sanctuary. The nursery welcomes volunteers.

Elizabeth Ministries

Elizabeth Ministers affirm, support, encourage, and assist women in response to their needs, their joys, and their sorrows during the years of childbirth, adoption, miscarriage, infertility, or loss of a child.

MOPS

MOPS  (Mothers of Preschoolers) is an international organization that exists to encourage, and help women become the best moms that they can be! Visit Sioux Falls MOPS for more information.

LActation Consultation

Lactation consultation is available for those new nursing moms who can use some direction and encouragement from Gloria Dei member Mary Schultz, a retired RN lactation nurse.

3 year old - 5th Grade

Whoever welcome one of these little children in my name welcomes me...Mark 9:36a

church school

Children ages 3 (by September 1) through 5th grade gather each week to learn about God’s love with friends. Lessons are the same at all 3 class sessions.
Sundays 9:20-10:05am
Sundays 10:50-11:35am
 Wednesdays 4:00-5:00pm

Bus & ASK (After School Kids)

Our bus picks up students who are registered from Harvey Dunn, John Harris and Robert Frost Elementary after school on Wednesdays and transports them to the church. During ASK, children receive a small snack and can play in the gym, watch a video or play games with friends until church school starts.
We mark special times in our children’s faith journeys to celebrate as families, sometimes together at Gloria Dei with other families with children the same age, and sometimes at home with only the members of your household. Click HERE for more information.

HEAVENLY harmonies

All 1st-5th graders are welcome to sing praises to God with Heavenly Harmonies. Don’t worry if your child can’t make all the weekly practices or all the times we sing in church. All are welcome!

VBS (Vacation bible school)

5 mornings of fun for kids who have completed 3-year-old through Kindergarten church school. Learn about God through songs, crafts, games, stories, experiments and snacks! Watch the calendar for VBS dates!

MOPS

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) is an international organization that exists to encourage, and help women become the best moms that they can be!  Visit Sioux Falls MOPS for more information.

A fun night for Kids ONLY at Gloria Dei! All children between 0 and 12 years old are welcome for a night of pizza, games, movies, and crafts with our volunteer leaders from Middle and High School. All proceeds support Bus Ministry! Friends are welcome! COST: $20 for first child, $5 for each sibling.

Dei Camp

Kids who have completed Kindergarten through 5th grade get to have 4 days of camp – at Gloria Dei! Campers are led in games, crafts, songs, Bible study and fun! Kids pack bring their own sack lunch and come ready for a great time of learning about God’s love and friendship.Watch the calendar for Dei Camp dates.

6th - 8th Grade 

Learning. Service. Fellowship. Worship.
These four areas of ministry are major facets in the life of a disciple of Jesus Christ. During Confirmation, students learn to make these facets a part of their own lives. The goals of the Confirmation ministry are that students come to affirm their Baptismal faith, become equipped to live as disciples in the world, develop a Christian community of peers and adults, and connect faith with life. This will be taught using re:form curriculum from Spark House. For more information, click HERE.

bus

Our bus picks up students who are registered from Edison and Patrick Henry Middle Schools after school on Wednesdays and transports them to the church. Middle Schoolers are offered a small snack and a space to do homework and hangout until 5pm dinner.

Youth Music

Youth Choir
The Youth Choir doesn’t just sing: we move, we write music, we record music, and we even get to use incredible music technology, all to the glory of God! Come sing, create, and have a great time with a choir like no other choir you’ve EVER been in. Rehearsals are leading up to participating in worship, then this group takes a break. Watch the calendar for details.

Hands of Praise
Middle School and High School students prepare and share a piano piece during worship, then like the Youth Choir have a few weeks off, until the cycle begins again.

GRACE

Worshiping Jesus through movement. GRACE dancers offer their artistic talents during worship approximately once a month. GRACE is open to all 6th-12th graders.

youth events

Trips to Valleyfair, or skiing, are great opportunities for fellowship with other middle schoolers. Watch the calendar for these events.

HIGh school

GDYM

High School Youth Group on Facebook
Energetic and creative High School Leadership Team disciple others Bible Study, music, friends, food and fun in a welcoming environment.
  • Leadership based on Seniors in High School
  • Occasional: Guest Speakers, Live Music, Service Projects
  • Friends are always welcome!
  • Why should you attend GDYM?

mission trips

With every act of love, we connect to a life of Worship, Scripture, service and love for the Lord. College and young adults share responsibility in leadership for mission trips and small groups.
With Every Act  |  (8th grade-juniors) VIII Idaho Summer 2020
Christians on a Mission  |  (seniors) III Toronto Canada Summer 2020

open lunch

Tuesdays from 11:30am-1:00pm, $2
GDYM encourages friends to join us each week to enjoy, relax and be fed with your favorite foods served with lots of love.

children youth and family calendar of events