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 and their parents along life’s many milestones of faith. Whether one’s feet are big or small, fresh or worn, running or crawling:
Good Shepherd is Intergenerational!
Children, Youth and Adults are;
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 Blessings. Ministry for specific programs and events that fit your spiritual needs. Jesus is the hear† of all our offerings.
Creating Grace-Filled Actionable Worship
Our InterGen Ministry Team strongly encourages families to worship together weekly. Studies have show that children who worship beside their key adults are 86% more likely to grow up to be faith-filled adults. In all our worship services we provide a welcoming atmosphere and a message with grace-filled action for all ages. Parents and grandparents can choose to have their children of any age attend worship with them and/or have their children attend Sunday 9:45am education classes.
8:30am Traditional Sunday Worship
9:45am Blended Sunday Worship with learning time for children in grades K-5
6:30pm Blended Wednesday Worship
To intentionally include our children, we are developing a model of learning to include worship. Children in grades K-5 along with their Guides begin Sunday School learning at 9:45am in their classrooms and then are welcomed into worship for continued learning in the sanctuary with their parents and the congregation. This worship service is creatively designed so that children, youth and adults have the opportunity to worship, learn and share at the same time. We provide opportunities for our children and youth to lead and participate in portions of the worship service, fellowship activities and/or service projects.
Nurturing Life-Long Learning
9:30-9:45am Sunday Music Education
This offering is for children in Kindergarten thru Grade 5 who enjoy singing and movement. This session is in the large group classroom in the InterGen wing. Pre-K children have special music time during their classroom time.
9:45-10:30am Sunday School Class
During the school year, children’s classes are offered on Sunday mornings during 9:45 worship for Pre-K thru Grade 5. Faith learning at Good Shepherd is both Christ-Centered and Relationship-Centered by providing knowledgeable leaders plus faith-filled and youth volunteer Guides to nurture the children on their faith journey.
Each Sunday in the classroom, we learn 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.
Classrooms for all grades Pre-K thru Grade 5 are located in the InterGen wing of the building.
Pre-Kindergarten leaders use the large group education model for teaching all children that Jesus loves them. They spend time learning Bible stories, singing songs, making crafts and playing games. Children in this age group visit the 9:45 worship service several times per year to sing songs for the congregation.
Children in Kindergarten thru Grade 5 start learning the message and theme of the day with guides and peers in classrooms through a variety of experiential activities. When they transition to the sanctuary (about 10:05), they learn more of the same theme through the Children’s Message and involvement in specially designed worship activities with their family. Take home assignments are provided for further family learning throughout the week.
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.
Communion Classes & Celebrations
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
Service and 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 7 ~ Inver Grove Heights Days Parade Float for All Ages
September 15 ~ Team Jersey Day! Education Classes Resume
September 22 ~ God’s Work Our Hands for All Ages
October 6 ~ Oktoberfest for All Ages
October 13 ~ Bible Class for 3rd Graders
October 30 ~ Trunk or Treat for All Ages
November 10 ~ First Communion Class for All Ages
November 24 ~ Pizza & Bowling for Grades 3-5
December 1 ~ Nativity Craft Party for Grades PK-2
December 4 ~ Mary Remembers, A Traditional Christmas Pageant for All Ages
December 11 ~ We Three Spies, A Christmas Comedy Musical for All Ages
January 25 ~ Chili & Bingo for Neighbors Inc for All Ages
February 15 ~ Pajama Party for Grades 3-5
February 16 ~ Outdoor Winter Fun for All Ages
March 31 ~ First Communion Class for All Ages
May 17 ~ Corn Hole Tournament and Car Wash for All Ages