Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

7600 Cahill Avenue, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076 651.451.6225 Get Directions

Children

intergenerational-logo“Let us walk with you on the journey of faith, whether your feet are big or small, fresh or worn, running or crawling, God’s love goes with you!”

When children are baptized, the Church makes a promise to walk with them and their parents on the journey. At Good Shepherd, we know it is a privilege to participate in helping to guide children along life’s many milestones of faith.

Children’s Inter†Gen Ministry

Join us for the 2017-2018 school year when we focus on our Bible theme ~ Jesus says, “I AM making all things new.”

Good Shepherd’s Inter†Gen Ministry Team provides a variety of offerings to help grow faith in children, families and people of all ages. In 2017 we updated our physical spaces through a building renovation including the youth, children, fellowship and other areas of GSLC. Refer to our areas of Educational Ministry, Children in Worship and Event Ministry for specific programs and events that fit your spiritual needs.  Jesus † is the heart of all our offerings.

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Educational Ministry

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Children’s classes are offered on Sunday mornings for Pre-K thru Grade 5 and Wednesday evenings for Kindergarten thru Grade 5. Children are able to attend the Sunday class, the Wednesday class or both. The primary focus of Sunday is Bible education through the use of purposeful learning activities while the Wednesday class involves Bible education plus more time in physical activities such as outdoor games for children who thrive in active settings. Education at Good Shepherd is both Christ-Centered and Relationship-Centered by providing knowledgeable leaders plus faith-filled adult and youth volunteer Guides to nurture the children on their faith journey.

Sunday†School is from 9:15 to 10:15. Age appropriate faith rooms and education are provided for the groups of Pre-K, Kindergarten-Grade 2 and Grades 3-5.  We use the lectionary system as our faith base so scripture passages learned in worship are also being taught to our young ones. This way parents, children and youth are all on the same page of learning, which encourages conversations and questions at home.

Wednesday Night†Live begins with the 6:30 “Messy” worship service. After the worship service, children in Kindergarten through Grade 5 are invited to expand on the message of the service through Bible study, and also spend time having fun playing active games. This class is especially fitting for children who thrive in an active setting and/or have siblings in the Wednesday evening Confirm†Faith program.

For more information on the benefits of Large Group Intergenerational Ministry, click here.

In addition to weekly classes, we offer a Bible instruction class every fall for Grade 3 and Communion classes in the fall and spring. Communion class is for all ages interested in learning more about the Sacrament whether it is your first time around the table or your 100th. To sign up for class & worship service: email children@goodshepherdigh.com

Bible Instruction Class for 3rd Graders

Sunday, October 8 @11:30am-1:00pm
This class is for children in Grades 3 who have not yet received a Bible or those who would like a Bible refresher class. A meal will be provided followed by a kid-friendly tutorial about the Bible. Children taking this class will receive their Bibles as a gift during the service of their choice:

Sunday, October 29 services @ the 8:00, 9:15 or 10:30am
Wednesday, November 1 @ the 6:30pm worship service

Communion Classes & Celebrations

Fall Classes: Sunday, November 5 @ 12:30-2:30pm or
Sunday, November 12 @ 11:30am-1:30pm

Fall Celebrations: Wednesday, November 22 @ 6:30pm
& Sunday, December 3 @ 8:00, 9:15 or 10:30am

Spring: Sunday, March 18 @ 11:30am-1:30pm or
Tuesday, April 4 @ 5:30-7:30pm

Spring Celebrations: Maundy Thursday, March 29 @ 6:30pm
& Easter Sunday, April 1 @ 8:00, 9:15 or 10:30am

This class regarding the Sacrament of Holy Communion is open to people of all ages, which is current with the ELCA’s communication regarding First Communion. A meal will be provided followed by an overview for those receiving the Sacrament for the first time and others wanting a refresher on its message. For more information on To read more about this topic of when your child is ready for Communion, click here.

Children in Inter†Gen Worship

The InterGen Ministry Team strongly encourages families to worship together weekly. Studies have shown that children who worship beside their key adults are 86% more likely to grow up to be faith-filled adults.  In worship we provide a welcoming atmosphere and a message for all ages. “Traditional” Sunday worship services are held at 8:00, 9:15 & 10:30am. Nursery care is provided on Sunday during the 9:15 and 10:30 services. Holy Communion is served o the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sunday of each month. Wednesday’s “Messy” worship for all begins at 6:30pm. Holy Communion is served on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month.

Jubilee Sundays
These Sundays are worship opportunities are for children, youth and adults to intentionally come together to praise and thank God in a unique way with a special theme.  Jubilee worship is creatively designed so that children, youth and adults have the opportunity to learn and worship at the same time.  On Jubilee Sundays, instead of children and youth attending education classes at 9:15, we provide opportunities for them to lead and participate in portions of the worship service, fellowship activities and/or service projects.

Dates and Themes of Jubilee Sundays
September 17 ~ 
Dedication Sunday Extravaganza
October 29  ~ 500th Reformation Sunday
November 26  ~  Hanging of the Greens Advent Worship
February 11  ~  Jesus-Term Celebration
March 18  ~  Baptism Remembrance Sunday
April 22  ~  Earth Day Celebration
May 13  ~  Mother’s Day Celebration

Event Ministry

Relationships are very important while walking on our faith journey!  Event Ministry opportunities help kids “do” their faith when they are having fun and serving with other kids and adults.

 

Event Ministry Calendar