Christian education for children begins in church. Each Sunday service opens with a children’s sermon, based on the week’s readings and gospel. During the sermon, elementary school aged children go to classrooms, to continue the day’s lesson in Sunday School. They return to the sanctuary and their families in time for Holy Communion .
Sunday school classes are held during the same months as a traditional school year. Children in school years K-8 are invited to participate. The curriculum follows the bible readings and children’s sermon for each Sunday. Activities are creative and fun!
The decision for a child (or adult) to seek first communion is a personal choice and often begins with a discussion between the family and the pastor. When a member is ready to make first communion, it is his or her choice as to whether to publicly acknowledge and celebrate the occasion.
Confirmation is the process through which we prepare young people to claim for themselves the promises made for them in baptism. When they stand in front of the congregation for the rite of affirmation of baptism, they state that with God’s help they will come to church, make use of the means of grace (holy communion), live among God’s faithful people, proclaim the good news of God in Christ in word and deed, serve all people, and strive for peace and justice in all the world.
To prepare for this, we gather regularly on Sunday evenings. The focus of confirmation class is exploring our faith and on relationship-building. Over the course of two years (generally, September of 7th grade through the end of October in 9th grade) we study the sacraments baptism and communion, the creeds, the ten commandments, the Lord’s Prayer, prayer in daily life, the seasons of the church year, the Christmas story, the Easter story, and a quick overview of the Bible. Our textbooks include Luther’s Small Catechism, the Luther Handbook and the NRSV of the Bible. It’s not all serious study—we also play games and participate in hands-on social ministry activities.
Grace Christian Nursery School
The nursery school is a separate non-profit organization open to families with pre-school children. Membership at Grace is not a pre-requisite for this important community resource. Click here to learn more about Grace Christian Nursery School.