EDUCATION (Youth & Adult)
Grace Lutheran Youth Education program teaches kids the basics of the Christian faith in a fun, interactive way. Classes are offered on Sunday mornings (9:15 AM to 10:15 AM) for preschool to 6th grade, with confirmation classes (7-9th grade) being held on Wednesday evenings. Parents or other family members are always welcome to sit in on any classes or activities, and friends or drop-ins are welcome too!
The curriculum used includes Faithweavers (younger classes) and Sola Publishing’s SEED program (older students). Both curricula are Bible-based and teach children a wide variety of stories from the Old and New Testaments. Scope and Sequences are available upon request.
In addition to regular classes, our students meet together monthly for fun large group activities. These usually include snacks, games, music, and crafts. Monthly activities:
Faith-based “Pumpkin Festival”
Thankful Breakfast and Pageant Practice Kickoff
Advent activities and Christmas Pageant
Christian Movie and Popcorn
Valentine’s card making for nursing home residents
Lenten pretzel-making where we learn the Christian history behind Lent (and pretzels!)
Holy Week Resurrection Biscuit-making and Easter egg hunt
Youth-led worship service and party
In the summer, Grace has a vibrant Vacation Bible School program that is open to the community and takes place in the evenings. Many church members volunteer to help with this exciting ministry!
Adult education meets most Sundays between worship services, as we grow together in God's Word and fellowship. The coffee is on and the cooks of Grace have set a high bar in terms of refreshments!
There are also many other opportunities for Bible studies, at different times and locations throughout the week. And the Grace Lutheran Church Women have various opportunities, as well, for fellowship, service, and study.
Youth Sunday School Corner
Online- Family Devotions
Parents and grandparents, have you always wanted to have family devotions with your kids or grandkids but didn't know where to start?
Sola Publishing (NALC) offers a free daily devotional that you can access online at https://www.holyfamilytime.com/
Each week, you will explore a different Bible story, Psalm verse, and lesson from Luther's Small Catechism together. What makes this devotional different from others is that kids ask the questions, allowing adults to share their faith story with children in a natural and interactive way. Lessons are short, and can easily be done after a family meal, before bedtime, or any time that works for you!
Also included in the Holy Family website are videos, parent pages, children's pages, and links to other family-friendly websites. Check it out!
Children’s Sunday School NEW Announcement:
Here is what’s coming up in April:
Regular Sunday School: We will meet regularly after Easter during the Sunday school hour. If the weather is nice, we may meet outside. Otherwise, we will gather in the Fellowship Hall. Large group classes will be held on April 11 and 18. Any child who is not participating in First Communion classes will have their own class on April 25 and May 2.
First Communion Classes: All kids who have been baptized and are in second grade or above (or aged 8 or older) are invited to begin First Communion classes. (If someone has not been baptized and would like to participate, please talk to Pastor Hanson and we will work on both sacraments with that family.) First Communion classes will be held on April 25, May 2 and May 9 during the Sunday School hour, and parents are invited to attend. You will receive a letter with more specifics about this in the next few weeks.
First Communion Celebration: This will be held on May 23 with fellowship time occurring between worship services. Watch the newsletter for more information.
VBS: We are planning an outdoor VBS this year, which will tentatively take place in June. More information will be forthcoming.
A blessed and Happy Easter to all of you from the Education Committee!
Questions? Please contact Kelly Hanson or Kelly Coffman for more details, you may also email Grace Church in addition.