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 & 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. Sunday worship services are held at 8:30 & 9:45am. Nursery care is provided on Sundays during the 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.
Jubilee worship is creatively designed so that children, youth and adults have the opportunity to worship, learn and share at the same time. Children and guides begin Sunday School attending education classes at 9:45 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.
Nurturing Life-Long Learning
During the school year, children’s classes are offered on Sunday mornings 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 adult and youth volunteer Guides to nurture the children on their faith journey.
Sunday†School class is from 9:45 to 10:30. 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. We also offer an optional music time from 9:30-9:45.
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
Spring Class: Tuesday, March 31 from 5:30-7:00pm
Celebrations are Maundy Thursday worship on April 9 @ 6:30 and any of the Easter services on April 12.
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.