Good Shepherd’s Sunday morning ministry is open to all children during the school year ages 2 (as of Aug. 1st) – 12th grade. Class times are 9:30-10:40. Each class will share a song, reading, skit or message in worship two or three times during the school year. WOW – we love to see our young people share their energy and talents with the congregation!
Little Lambs, Preschool & PreKindergarten– classes begin and end in their age-level classrooms (upper level of church building)
K-5th Grades- Kindergartners through 5th graders begin their morning with music and a large group opening downstairs in room 150. We use the SPARK rotation curriculum … so, each week your child will be looking at the bible story in a different way featuring Bible Skills & Games, Science & Cooking, Movies & Art, AND, Church Chums (Buddies Together Worshiping). Rotation schedules are posted around the church building with scheduled grade level pick-up place. Each story ‘rotation’ will last three weeks.
Middle School Youth– Meet in ‘theMiddle’ (room 147) each Sunday for a time of faith discovery, growth and community building! Our time together is meaningful as we consider ways our faith ‘meets us’ in theMiddle!
FAITH MILESTONES is an important part of our Children’s Ministry program. Through these age-level milestone events, we partner with parents to learn, grow and then to CELEBRATE these events. Following is a listing of the Faith Milestone Events planned for the 2017-18 school year:
LITTLE LAMBS FIRST BIBLE FAITH MILESTONE – Our youngest Sunday School class receive a Children’s Preschool Bible from their parents as a reminder of the baptismal promise of “putting God’s word into the hands of their children.” 2017 Celebration Date: August 20
FIRST GRADE SMALL CATECHISM / LORD’S PRAYER FAITH MILESTONE – Our first graders and their parents are introduced to the Small Cat (children’s version of Luther’s Small Catechism) with a special emphasis on The Lord’s Prayer. 2017 Celebration Date: October 8
THIRD GRADE “BOOKS OF THE BIBLE” FAITH MILESTONE – Our third grade families spend three Sunday morning classes walking through the bible, learning a key verse from each book (yep, all 66!). 2017 Celebration Date: November 19
SECOND AND THIRD GRADE FIRST COMMUNION FAITH MILESTONE – Our third and fourth grade families will meet for three consecutive Wednesday evenings to learn more about this sacrament so important to our faith. The 2018 First Communion Class will meet on Wednesday evenings from 6:45-7:30 on January 17, 24 and 31. There will be a special Family Celebration event on Saturday evening, February 3, followed by the official First Communion Celebration during the 11:00 worship service on February 4.
CONFIRMATION – Confirmation instruction begins in sixth grade and is held weekly, on Wednesday evenings, as part of our SOS program (see information below). Our sixth, seventh and eighth graders meet from 5-6:00 pm with our pastors for confirmation instruction and are then invited to be part of our Youth Club family-style meal at 6, followed by after-dinner community-building and service breakout groups from 6:30-7:30. Our 2018 Confirmation Class will celebrate this special faith milestone on Sunday, April 29th!
P.R.E.P. – 2nd – 5th Grade
Wednesdays | 5:30 – 7:30 pm
The Primary Religious Education Program strives to help our youth develop and nurture positive relationships with God, peers and adults. This program helps them understand that they are awesome children of God with unique gifts to share. We meet in two 8- week sessions. The first session began September 27, 2017 and the second begins January 10, 2018.
Our evenings at PREP begin with energetic large group music gathering in the choir room from 5:30- 6. Our PREPsters join SOS youth for a yummy family-style meal in the gym from 6-6:35. After dinner, our PREP youth break into grade level classes for bible discussion and fun from 6:40-7:30.
S.O.S. – 6th – 8th Grade CONFIRMATION INSTRUCTION / COMMUNITY-BUILDING MID-WEEK GROUP
Our Servants of the Spirit mid-week program includes Confirmation instruction, worship participation, service opportunities and community-building among our middle schoolers. We meet on Wednesday evenings in two 13-week sessions.
Our 2017-18 year in SOS learning and fun began on September 13, with the winter/spring session beginning on January 10.
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OUR SOS EVENINGS TOGETHER LOOK LIKE THIS:
∼ Grade level confirmation instruction with pastors and staff from 5-6 pm
∼ 6th graders will focus on the Old Testament
∼ 7th graders will focus on the New Testament
∼ 8th graders will focus on the Catechism and Lutheran Theology
∼Yummy dinner from 6-6:35
∼Community-building, service and gifts-sharing breakout groups from 6:40-7:30
*Our Youth Club program is a volunteer-led program. Parent participation is essential in making these programs possible. As part of registration, each family is asked to volunteer a minimum of 3.5 hours for each 13-week session.
For more information about these programs or registration please contact Becky Howard at email@example.com