Forming faith in children of God of all ages is what we do! Whether you have studied scripture for years, or are learning about Jesus for the first time, forming faith is an ongoing cycle throughout our lives. At First Lutheran we offer a variety of ways for children, youth and adults to continue to form their faith by learning about the God who loves them.
As children are baptized into a community of faith like First Lutheran, we offer parents and godparents a baptism conversation to help them understand their role as parents of the newly baptized. For the first three years of a child’s life we offer Splash, a guide for parents to teach their children about God’s love by modeling it themselves.
At three years of age, children are invited to begin to attend Sunday School, a time when parents bring their children and together learn about Jesus with other children. During this time children and their parents learn songs and stories about Jesus.
Grade school children love to gather and learn together about interesting characters in the Bible. Some of these Bible characters are children themselves. David who was a shepherd, saved his people from Goliath and became the King of Israel, or Samuel, who was raised to be a prophet and heard God speak directly to him. Or stories about Noah and the flood or Daniel in the Lion’s Den help children learn about ordinary kids just like them who love and believe in the God who created them too.
As children enter sixth 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.
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.
ADULT BIBLE STUDY
Adult Bible Study continues on Thursday afternoons at 1 pm in our Fireside Room. We will be studying selected passages utilizing the lectio divina traditional monastic practice of reading scripture, meditation and prayer. Join us for an hour long conversation on a biblical passage. The coffee pot is on, the conversation is lively!
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!
Confirmation for students entering eighth and ninth grade will resume in the fall. Parents and confirmands will receive information from Pastor Kristine on schedule, timing and participation. We look forward to returning to “Confirmation Together” with other ELCA Siouxland congregations in the fall.