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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 between worship services (starting at 9:30 AM) for preschool to 6th grade, with confirmation classes (7-9th grade) being held at a time convenient for all families. Parents are always welcome to sit in on classes or activities, and friends or drop-ins are welcome too!

 

The curriculum this year will be, “Simply Loved” from Group Publishing, which covers a wide variety of stories from the Old and New Testaments. Elements from Sola Publishing’s SEED program will also be used. Classes will include a music component, where kids can learn a variety of classic Bible camp songs.

 

In addition to regular classes, our students meet together monthly for fun large group activities. These usually include snacks, games, music, and crafts, and are a great opportunity to invite friends. Monthly activities are held during the Sunday School hour and include:

  • September: Rally Day

  • October: Faith-based Pumpkin Patch Festival

  • November: Thankful Breakfast and Pageant Practice Kickoff

  • December: Advent activities, Christmas Pageant, and Christmas party

  • January: Christian Movie and Popcorn

  • February: Valentine’s card making for homebound people

  • March: Lenten pretzel-making where we learn the Christian history behind Lent (and pretzels!)

  • April: Holy Week Resurrection Biscuit-making and Easter egg hunt

  • May: 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

Here’s what’s coming up in the month of December for the Grace Lutheran Sunday School:

Regular classes are held every Sunday from 9:30 AM - 10:15 AM. Listed below are some of our upcoming “special events” that are held during the Sunday School hour and correlate with the seasons of the church year. All classes and events are held in the education wing.

  • We will be doing a Valentine’s Service Project on February 5. Come and help us make cards for our homebound friends! We will also singing, having heart-themed Valentines treats, and learning how God loves each one of us, knows every hair on our heads, and never forgets us.

  • Lent will come early this year (Ash Wednesday is Feb 22) so mark your calendars now for our pretzel making event on March 5. Pretzels are part of Christian history and tradition. They even tie in with Lent! How? Come make pretzels with us and find out!

  • If you have a child who is ready to receive their First Communion, please talk to Pastor Hanson or Kelly Hanson. Classes may be offered in the spring if there is interest. Students will learn about the history and significance of Holy Communion, make communion bread together, and more. Parents (or grandparents) are invited to participate too.

  • If you haven’t been part of the Sunday School program yet but would like to give it a try in this new year, it’s never too late! Drop ins are welcome, kids may feel free to bring friends to any of our events, and family members are always invited to sit in on classes.

Questions? Please email the church office at graceeaton111@gmail.com or talk to Kelly Coffman or Kelly Hanson.

Resources
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!

YouthSundayCorner
EducationResources
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