The BGA Children's Church (CC) ministers to children aged 2 to 13, and takes place during Sunday service. The purpose of CC is to provide children with engaging worship, age-appropriate Bible lessons, and interactive activities that help children develop a solid spiritual foundation as followers of Jesus Christ. Following a time of worship, children participate in two separate classes. The Nursery CC class is designed for children aged 2 to 7, while the Older CC class is tailored for those aged 8 to 13. Throughout the year, children in the CC ministry showcase their learnings to the congregation during Sunday services through uplifting songs and performances.
The youth group at By Grace Alone is a place for 7th to 12th graders to get together to learn how to love God and love one another. We do this by reading the Word of God together (using the "Head, Heart, Hands" approach), by playing games together and by eating together and just hanging out. Our vision is "Knowing the love of God through discipleship." Let's grow together!
A.B.I.D.E. stands for Adore, Be, Impact, Disciple & Evangelize. We are a group of young adults (post-high school aged) mostly from BGA, but not exclusively, who are committed to meeting together twice a month after BGA church service at the Wang-Herrera home or elsewhere to inductively study the Word together and keep each other accountable to living out this "Jesus walk." If you visit, you will also find us singing together, cracking jokes on each other, cooking and eating together (we usually have a meal together when we meet) and, of course, playing games together. We are into group games, cards games and board games ... with the occasional battle on the PS4! We aim to be and do all of these things with each other as we ABIDE or remain in Christ as Jesus taught us to do in John 15.
We are a group of women from the church who desire to meet together on a consistent basis to talk, pray, play and read scripture together. We meet twice a month and spend time fellowshipping and reading scripture together. If you are a woman looking for an encouraging community of women who are focused on growing in their faith, we would love to have you!
We are a group of men from the church who desire to meet together on a consistent basis to talk, pray, play and read scripture together. We meet twice a month and spend the first 45 minutes setting up for and either playing indoor pickleball, cornhole or a card game together. We value these moments of de-stressing from the responsibilities of life as husbands, fathers, brothers, sons, employees, etc... Then, for the rest of our time, we read the word of God together, trying to practice a loose form of Inductive Bible Study: Observation, Interpretation and Application. We are a diverse group, spanning a gamut of ages and ethnicities. Overall we are growing to love God and love each other (and others) as we walk through life together.
This ministry was born out of Pastor Gabe's passion for the sport but it has taken on a life of its own. We now have many elite players in our church and they have all been intentional about using the sport of pickleball to meet and engage with people in and outside of our building. It has also been a wonderful way to fellowship together as believers. We play indoors in our social hall when the weather does not permit us to play outdoors at the Northwood courts (Rutland & Harrison Sts.) and Richard Wall Park in Cheltenham Township. We have a WhatsApp group chat that reminds people when we meet up, if you are interested please contact Pastor Gabe about joining it.
Since our inception our church has always been about reaching out to our community, first to listen to what community folks have deemed are assets in our Frankford and Northwood communities and to listen to the needs they feel are most urgent. In our effort to reach the children and families in our neighborhood we have had Fall Festivals and J.A.M. (Jesus And Me) outreach events in our yard. We also currently use our yard to host Family Game Nights on the last Friday of the month from April to about late October every year. And thanks to YWAM (Youth With A Mission) we now have an active "Prayer Ministry" that posts up at different places in our neighborhood at least once a month, and asks people if they want prayer and also gives out Christian material. We are always looking for other ways to engage our community with the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ, so if you have an idea let's hear it.