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!
Regular Sunday School will start on September 20 at 10:45 AM (after worship). This year, Covid has inspired us to think outside the box. Thus, we are planning “Outdoor Adventure Camp” Sunday School for the early fall.
This will be extremely kid-friendly, and will involve all sorts of outdoor activities as we learn about the Bible together! We will use the beautiful fields and grounds of Grace to tell Bible stories, draw with sidewalk chalk, play games, and much more! We can’t wait to get started!
All families are asked to bring lawn chairs or picnic blankets for their children (and themselves!), as well as masks. We plan to follow public health guidelines in all we do.
For any families who are concerned about meeting in person at present, we will have an online curriculum available, which will follow the same Bible story schedule as our Outdoor Adventure Camp. That way, no one will be left behind!
As the Norwegians say, “There is no bad weather, only bad clothing.” We will put that adage to the test and dress for the weather this fall! However, if it is truly miserable outside,
we will encourage families to stay home and use the online option for that day. Any cancellations due to weather will be posted on the Grace Lutheran Facebook page that morning.
A letter will be going out to families soon explaining our fall plans in more detail.
Questions? Please contact Kelly Hanson or Kelly Coffman for more details, you may also email Grace Church in addition.