Raising Up Believers
"Train children in the right way, and when old, they will not stray." Proverbs 22.6
The Senior Youth Group: Our Future Church Leaders
We have a small but very active senior youth group, who have learned and enjoyed involvement in every aspect of church life and service to the community. Four youth and two advisors are heading to Houston, TX in June to be a part of a enormous national event. Every three years, 30,000 high school youth and their adult leaders from across the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America gather for a week of faith formation known as the ELCA Youth Gathering - this year themed "This Changes Everything."
The Sacrament of Holy Baptism
This ancient ritual marks a person’s re-birth into Jesus. Parents and guardians bring their children to the baptismal font and promise to teach them the faith. Older children and even adults take this first step in new life in Jesus themselves. Small groups of folks interested in baptism gather to learn about this rite and to get to know others who are taking this step.
Sunday Children’s Sermon
Worship services include a time for our youngest attendees (sometimes accompanied by mom or dad) to hear an interpretation of the Sunday scripture in "kid terms".
On Sunday mornings children from pre-school to grade 5 gather to learn about God’s story through song, science, drama, crafts and storytelling. Special projects like the annual Thanksgiving Dinner for shut-ins help the children learn about sharing and serving. The children share their singing with the congregation several times a year.
Affirmation of Baptism: Confirmation
“Confirmation” students in grades 6-8 prepare for ‘confirmation’ – a ritual that calls on these young people to affirm the promises made by their parents (guardians) at their baptism. Each student is encouraged to have an active faith by doing service projects. Students have opportunities to share their faith journeys by interacting with others through a variety of activities. Using video, music, art and Bible work, the students take the next step in their faith life.