Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

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

Children

intergenerational-logoWhen 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.  We do so through educational ministries like Sunday School, Wednesday Night Live & Jubilee Worship as well as event ministries like a visit to the theater, our annual sleepover & hosting an older friend tea.

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.

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Vacation Bible School is coming!
This Changes Everything, Incredible!

“For by grace, you have been saved through faith, this is not your doing: it is the gift of God” ~Ephesians 2:8

Have incredible fun while learning Gospel Bible stories of; The Road to Emmaus, The Good Samaritan, The Prodigal Son & The Great Commission

VBS will be held Monday, June 11 – Thursday, June 14

AM VBS is from 9:00-12:00pm and onsite at Good Shepherd.
This program is for Pre-School kids ages 3.5 thru those who have completed Grade 5.

PM VBS is from 12:00-4:00pm and includes field trips to local attractions.
This program is for kids who have completed Kindergarten thru Grade 5.

Participants can attend one or both programs.  Many youth and adult volunteers are needed to make this program an outstanding success!

The cost for VBS is $40 for a half day and $75 for a whole day. Scholarships & family rates are available thru Pastor Leesa.

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Luther Park Bible Camp
June 24-29
“This Changes Everything”

Campers who have completed grades 2 through 12 are invited to come with us to Luther Park Bible Camp in Danbury, WI this summer from June 24-29 for a week of our favorite camp activities like swimming, crafts, outdoor worship, campfires, field games, night hikes and more! This camping adventure meets the needs and interests of today’s children and youth, providing a week to share and grow in Christian faith, life and community.

Through this summer’s theme, This Changes Everything, campers will learn how God’s grace changes these things and how we can work with others to show that grace to the world.

Here’s a glimpse of what each age can expect to experience at camp:

    • Grades 2-3 Three-Night Cabin Camp: An excellent opportunity for first timers to get a taste of camp life. A mini-camp (half-week) experience filled with everything a full-week camper experiences but in a shorter time frame.
        • Cost: $300, Campership of $85 is available
    • Grades 3-5 Full Week Alpha Camp: Enjoy a week of camp adventures which provide growth and expression of the Christian faith. Explore God’s creation or sing around a campfire. Hike the trails of the north woods, go swimming, engage with Bible stories and so much more!
        • Cost: $415, Campership of $100 is available

Good Shepherd is offering a Campership for each child. Funds you don’t use for Camperships are given to kids who need full scholarships in order to attend camp. An initial deposit of $200 is due by March 1, final payments are due by May 15. (Scholarships are available for families who need further financial assistance.) Register by March 1 online on our website or at lutherpark.com

How to Register

  1. Click on the following link to go to Luther Park’s Online Registration.
  2. Sign-in, or for first time campers create a “New User Sign-Up”. Only one is needed per family, as you may register multiple children under the same account.
  3. Select which program you are registering for under Week 2 (All full week campers select Good Shepherd Full Week)
  4. VERY IMPORTANT: To receive a campership, after selecting camp program, go to “Your Cart” on the right and enter the discount code: IGH
  5. Complete registration by filling in camper information. Health Forms and Code of Conduct may be submitted at another time if you need to gather appropriate information.

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Faith Learning Ministry

Good Shepherd

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 “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 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.

 

Communion Classes & Celebrations

Spring: Sunday, March 18 @ 11:30am-1:30pm 

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.  To read more on this topic, 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. “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.

Jubilee Sundays
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 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.

November 19 ~ Twisted Thanksgiving Dinner
November 26 ~ Gingerbread House Decorating
January 14 ~ Snow Tubing at Green Acres
January 20 ~ Annual Sleepover
February ~ Valentine Tea

Event Ministry Details Calendar