Sunday School is held during worship for children four years old through 6th grade. The children begin and end in worship with everyone else, then leave during the readings and sermon for a more kid-friendly encounter with the Word, and then return in time for communion.
On third Sundays, we invite children to remain in worship as an opportunity to learn the full flow of the liturgy. We believe learning how to worship is an essential part of their “Sunday School” education. Not only that, we love the sound of children in worship!
We have a staffed nursery available for those families with younger children. Parents are invited to drop off their toddlers and young preschoolers so that they may enjoy a calmer worship experience. Children younger than a year are welcome to use the nursery but we ask that the parents the first few times.
Vacation Bible School
Along with our partner congregation, St. Martin Lutheran Church, we put on a week of Vacation Bible School. This year it will be held at St. Martin (813 Bay Road), and will also be in partnership with the Bayview Y. This year’s theme is “Listen to the Animals” – we will study stories in which God uses animals to share the good news, through music, games, drama, science, crafts, and thematic snacks. The dates are Aug. 18-21. Click here for the registration form.
First Communion Class
When kids start asking about what communion is and what it means, it is probably time for them to learn about this most sacred act that the church does together. Pastor Johanna meets with kids and families and they learn about the sacrament, what it means, how it works, and the logistics of it.
Since Lutherans generally practice infant baptism, the baptismal promises are made by the parents, not the baptized. By 7th grade, it is time for these young members of the church to learn about this faith into which they were baptized, ask critical questions, figure out what a life of faith means to them, and then to affirm their baptism in the Rite of Confirmation before the whole congregation. Taught by Pastor Johanna and adult volunteers, confirmation classes are offered each year, one Saturday a month for three hours. (Due to the size of this year’s class, we will also be holding one class two Tuesdays a month.) After two years of instruction on the Small Catechism and the Bible, the kids are confirmed on Pentecost, the day we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit – to each of these young members, and to all of us. Confirmation class is done jointly with our covenant partner congregation, St. Martin Lutheran Church.
We have just had an influx of young people, and are working on getting our youth group up and running! Our hope for this group is to have a couple service projects each year, as well as several social activities throughout the year. In summer of 2005, we hope to send a group to the ELCA’s National Youth Gathering in Detroit. It’s very exciting to see what will happen with this wonderful group of young people!