When children are baptized, the Church makes a promise to walk with them and their parents on the journey. At Good Shepherd Lutheran, we know it is a privilege to participate in helping to guide children along life’s many milestones of faith. We do so through ministries like Sunday School, Wednesday Night Live & Jubilee Worship services as well as special events like a trip to a nature park, our annual 3rd grade and up sleepover or visiting senior citizens at an assisted living center.
Children’s Inter†Gen Ministry
Together on the Journey, Sharing God’s Love
Good Shepherd’s Inter†Gen Ministry Team provides a variety of offerings to help grow faith in children, families and people of all ages. Refer to our Vision areas of worship, learning and contributing blessing Ministry for specific programs and events that fit your spiritual needs. Jesus is the hear† of all our offerings.
Creating Grace-Filled Actionable Worship
The Inter†Gen 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 with grace-filled action for all ages. “Blended” Sunday worship services are held at 8:00, 9:15 & 10:30am. Nursery care is provided on Sundays during the 9:15 and 10:30 services. Holy Communion is served on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month. Wednesday worship for all begins at 6:30pm. Holy Communion is served 2 times per month.
These Sundays are worship opportunities 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 worship, learn and share at the same time. On Jubilee Sundays, children and guides begin the 9:15 hour by attending education classes at 9:15 and then are welcomed into worship with the congregation. We provide opportunities for our children and youth to lead and participate in portions of the worship service, fellowship activities and/or service projects.
Dates and Themes of Jubilee Sundays
September 15 ~ Team Jersey Day
October 13 ~ Grade 3 receive Bibles
October 27 ~ Reformation Sunday
November 10 ~ Veteran’s Day Jubilee
November 17 ~ Children’s Wax Museum
December 1, 8, 15 & 22 ~ Advent Jubilees
Nurturing Life-Long Learning
During the school year, 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. Faith learning 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 class 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. Each Sunday, we use the same scripture passage heard in worship. This way parents, children and youth are all on the same page of learning, which encourages conversations and questions at home.
Wednesday Night†Live class begins at 5:30. Children in Kindergarten through Grade 5 are invited to participate in Bible learning activities and 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. Most children attend 6:30 Wednesday worship with their families after WN†L. Starting in the fall of 2019, we are offering 5:00-5:30 evening meals for a small fee in our commons to help families navigate the night.
Bible Instruction Class for 3rd Graders
This class, which is offered every Fall is for children in Grades 3 who have not yet received a Bible or those who would like a Bible refresher class. A meal is provided followed by a kid-friendly tutorial about the Bible. Children taking this class will receive their Bibles as a gift during a worship service.
Bibles are received during 9:15 worship on Sunday, October 13
A Bible Class is also held that day from 11:30-1:30
Communion Classes & Celebrations
Fall Class: Sunday, November 10 from 11:30 – 1:00
Celebration will be during Thanksgiving Eve service at 6:30 on November 27 & Sunday, December 1 at any of the 3 classes.
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. To read more on this topic, click here.
Contributing God’s Blessings to Others
Relationships are very important while walking on our faith journey! Event Ministry opportunities help kids “do” their faith while they have fun and share their blessings with other kids and adults. Friends are always welcome to attend any of our events. For the 2019-2020 year we are excited to be offering even more events that are suited for people of all ages (Inter†Gen)! If you have questions; or would like to sign up to attend or volunteer for an event, email Karen Davis.
September 22 ~ God’s Work Our Hands for All Ages
October 6 ~ Oktoberfest for All Ages
October 20 ~ Pizza & Bowling for Grades 3-5
October 30 ~ Trunk or Treat for All Ages
December 1 ~ Nativity Craft for Grades PK-2
December 15 ~ Pizza & Caroling for All Ages