The people of Grace are an active bunch and there are many activities to suit a variety of interests.
Children from 4 years old to 6th grade are invited to participate in Sunday School. Sunday School runs from September to May and is held during services. Children leave the service after the choral anthem and return to join their families for Communion. Grace Sunday School uses the Spark curriculum.
Grace practices open communion. All are welcome at Christ's table to receive the holy Sacrament weekly, regardless of age. Specific communion instruction occurs during 5th grade or whenever the Pastor, parents, and child feel they are ready to receive instruction.
Children in grades 6 through 8 are invited to participate in bi-weekly confirmation classes. Classes focus on the "Questions of our Faith" and service to others. Teachings are rooted in the ELCA requirements for Affirmation of Baptism which occurs in late April or May each year.
Women of Grace
The Women of Grace spearhead outreach to our community including providing gifts for shut-ins, food for the Bloodmobile, Portals of Prayer, baptismal supplies, Splash! Birth to Three Faith Formation expenses, quilts for graduates, Christmas gifts for needy families, food pantry donations among many other things.
Men of Grace
The Men’s Group at Grace is dedicated to strengthening faith and camaraderie among its members. Discussions at meetings center on faith and the needs of our church and community.
The men meet for breakfast in Grace’s Fellowship Hall on the first Saturday of every month at 8:00 a.m. Meals are prepared by members. Afterward a Bible passage or faith concern is discussed.
The group hosts an annual Brat Fry and a Steak Fry. The Brat Fry is held in June at Berlin’s Riverside Park. In late summer the Steak Fry is held at the home of a member.
Proceeds from these events are used to help meet the needs of the church. This year the Men’s Group purchased new Christmas creche figures and an AED (defibrillator) for the church. The men also organize the annual spring and fall church clean-up days.
All men are welcome!
Soul Food is a youth ministry which occurs every Thursday during the school year. Teens from the next door Berlin High School come to the church to eat lunch and receive a lesson about Christ's love. Churches throughout Berlin rotate providing the meal and message.
The purpose of the Mission Outreach Committee is to educate, inform, and motivate. We educate the congregation about the missions we sponsor at Grace, inform members of the mission opportunities locally, nationally, and internationally, and motivate them to support our causes.
Prayer Ministry Team members have a mission to reach out to congregational members who are ill, living in a nursing home or assisted living facility, recovering from surgery, or for any other reason are not able to physically attend church services at Grace. These team members contact members wishing to receive communion and arrange a mutually agreed upon schedule. The number of visits will vary according to the needs of each congregational member. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer on this team can contact Linda Reetz