With the completion of Our Savior Lutheran Church and Student Center’s renovations and the new education wing in 2003, our ministry with children has finally had a more permanent home and is thriving, with 30-40 children involved each Sunday.
The Sunday School meets during the Education Hour (9:15-10:15 a.m.) with classes from pre-school through high school. Catechism instruction for Grades 7-8 occurs at the same time, most often led by the pastors.
Parents and other volunteers take a turn staffing our well-equipped Nursery on Sundays. Parents may bring their infant and preschool children to the Nursery during the first part of the worship service and gather them up again to join the community when we receive Holy Communion. The audio of the service is piped into the Nursery, so it is not isolated from the worship that the rest of the community is offering.
During worship at 10:30 a.m. the children often help the ushers, are involved in a particular aspect of the worship, or gather to hear “words for young Christians.” They are invited to come forward for a blessing if they are not yet receiving Holy Communion. Communion instruction is given in Grade 4, and First Communions are often celebrated at that time, although children may receive the bread and cup at a younger age with the permission of their parents.
Vacation Bible School has often been a high point of our children’s ministry, gathering children of the congregation and the community together to learn more about their faith and to have fun doing it during a week of summer mornings. Much creativity has gone into the program these past years and we encourage your child’s attendance this year.682