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
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.
Faith Learning Ministry
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. 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. 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 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 begins with the 6:30 worship service. After the worship service, children in Kindergarten through Grade 5 are invited to expand on the message of the service through Bible learning activities, 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.
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.
This year’s class Bible Instruction Class will be on Sunday, October 14 from 11:30-1:00
Communion Classes & Celebrations
Fall Class: Sunday, November 11 from 11:30-1:00
Celebrations are Thanksgiving Eve on Wednesday, November 21 @ 6:30pm & Sunday, December 2 @ any of the Services
Spring Class: Tuesday, April 9 from 5:30-7:00
Celebrations are Maundy Thursday, April 18 @ 6:30pm & Easter Sunday, April 21 @ any of the Services
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.
Children in Inter†Gen 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 for all ages. “Blended” 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” experiential worship for all begins at 6:30pm. Holy Communion is served every four weeks.
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 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 9 ~ God’s Work, Our Hands & Feet Huruma Mission Day
October 15 ~ The Bible is God’s Word Celebration
November 18 ~ Christ the King Sunday Celebration
February 3 ~ Children’s Leadership Sunday
April 14 ~ Palm/Passion Sunday
May 5 ~ Cinco de Mayo Day Celebration
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. Friends are always welcome to attend any of our events. This year we are excited to be offering even more events that are suited for people of all ages (Inter†Gen)! If you are a youth or an adult that would like to volunteer with any of these events, please contact Karen Davis.
October 7 ~ Oktoberfest
October 21 – Scavenger Hunt
November 25 ~ Charlie Brown Christmas
December 16 ~ Christmas Caroling
January 20 ~ Sledding at South Valley Park
January 26 ~ Chili & Bingo Night
February 10 ~ Valentin Tea & Senior Living Center Visit
February 16 ~ Annual Sleepover
March 3 ~ Tacos & Talent Show
May 19 ~ All Church Picnic & Corn Hole Tournament