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:
Christmas Pageant dress rehearsal will be on December 3 during the regular Sunday School time (9:30 AM-10:15 AM). We will meet in the Education wing and practice in the sanctuary.
The Christmas Pageant will take place on December 10 at one joint 9:30 AM service. Kids and parents/grandparents can meet in the Education wing at 9:20 AM to get in costume. A time of fellowship, donuts, and coffee will follow the church service and everyone is welcome!
On December 17, the Sunday School will have a Christmas party with treats and a variety of Christmas activities. All activities will take place in the Education wing from 9:30 AM to 10:15 AM.
Christmas Eve/Day and week following:
Worship as a family at Christmas Eve services!
There will be no Sunday School on December 24 or December 31 as we take a short Christmas break, following the school calendar.
Movie and Popcorn:
Sunday School will resume on January 7th with a “Back to Sunday School” Christian Movie and Popcorn in the Education wing.
As always, 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? Feel free to talk to Kelly Hanson or Tina Ebright. You can also email the church office at email@example.com
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!