This season Sunday School for children ages pre-school and grade, will be held during worship. The children will come forward for a Time for Children with Pastor Kristine. Sunday School will follow in Fireside Room before returning to worship for communion. Throughout the year children of all ages will be invited to participate in our Intergenerational Faith Formation offerings.
As children enter seventh grade, they begin a three year educational series we call Confirmation. Students spend additional time during these three years forming their faith in three areas. We begin with the Old Testament stories about God’s love for God’s people. Each year we explore New Testament stories about Jesus, and follow his life from baby born in a manger to preacher and a prophet, and Savior, the one who died to save us. We also form our faith by learning what it means to be a Lutheran. Martin Luther reformed the church of his day in 1517. We now form our faith as Lutherans by studying the catechism he wrote, understanding the sacraments, studying scripture and finding ways to serve God by using our gifts. Confirmation classes will be held on Wednesday evenings for this program year.
Youth in high school gather to discuss current day topics and their importance to forming faith each and everyday. Serving is an important aspect to forming our faith and youth have opportunities inside (ushering, singing choir, helping with the food pantry, bagging pop cans) and outside the church to help others. They attend youth gatherings to be inspired, gather for fun and grow their relationship with Jesus.
Adults gather weekly to study scripture throughout the calendar year. Topics vary but may include a study of the Acts of the Apostles, the Psalms, or current topics of interest. This fall the Adult Bible Study gathers on Thursday afternoon at 1 pm in the Fireside Room for a study on Genesis. All are welcome to join. The coffee is on!
Whether you are young or not so young, we are continually in the process of forming our faith as we gather to worship, gather to learn about God, or find time within our day to pray for our needs and the needs of others. God is present to us at every age, encouraging, inspiring and nurturing our faith!