Marked, claimed, gathered and sent, our goal in Children’s Ministry is to journey with parents and children in faith formation, as we learn to live out Jesus’ love.
Vacation Bible School is a week-long fun, engaging, hands-on Bible learning experience in August. Children from 4 years old through 5th grade may enroll. Middle school and high school students are encouraged to volunteer. Summer 2019’s VBS theme is Roar! Life is Wild. God is good. VBS is the mane event! This epic African adventure engages the whole herd. At Roar, kids explore God’s goodness and celebrate a ferocious faith that powers them through this wild life. VBS will be held August 5-9, 2019.
Sunday school meets during the school year from 9:15am-10:05am.
My Grown-Up & Me class is for children under 3 and their accompanying adults. Children are first introduced to the Christian faith through songs, musical instruments, puppets, bean bags, parachute, bubbles, stories, and a simple, small craft. Children are able to make their first Sunday school friends and parents are able to get to know other parents in the congregation with young children in this fun, interactive class. Parents of young children are also supported through monthly newsletters that help families incorporate faith into their everyday lives.
Preschool through 6th grade Sunday school uses a three-year curriculum based on the Revised Common Lectionary that ties worship and Sunday school. Sunday school lessons connect kids with the Bible stories they and their parents hear in worship. Currently we are using the Spark Lectionary curriculum.
7th grade Sunday school meets during regular Sunday school time and is considered our “pre-confirmation” year. Students cover the Bible from creation to Revelation to prepare them for confirmation classes in 8th and 9th graders. We use the Echo the Story 36 curriculum.
Good News Bibles are presented to our students at the beginning of their 3rd grade year. Students in 3rd-6th grades bring their Bibles with them each week to be used in Sunday school.
First Holy Communion classes are held for 4th graders during the season of Lent. No particular age for first communion is prescribed by the ELCA and any parent of a baptized child wishing their child to receive communion earlier should contact Pastor Linderman. The sacrament of communion is discussed with all 4th graders for four Sunday school classes during Lent. Currently we use A Place for You curriculum by Daniel Erlander available from Augsburg Fortress.
Junior Youth Group is for 3rd – 8th graders and meets monthly for fun activities and service projects. Members of the Junior Youth Group are encouraged to attend weekend retreats and summer camps. Summer camp and retreats are held Cross Roads Camp and Retreat Center in Port Murray, NJ. The NJ Synod of the ELCA sponsors youth events such as Among the Wolves middle school retreat and Serve DC summer mission trip.
Parents of Sunday school aged children are invited to meet with Pastor Linderman several times during the year to discuss raising a Lutheran in the 21st century. Currently they are discussing the book Raising Teens in an Almost Christian World: A Parent's Guide by Dietrich Kirk.
Additional resources can be found at:
Ministry Links Online
ELCA Children’s Ministry
Beaming Books Blog