Grace Lutheran Education and Sunday School Classes
SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS NEEDED—We are in need of a few good people to help teach our youngest members. As part of our baptismal promise to everyone we promise to help guide and teach our kids in the ways of the church. So why not be a part of our teaching teams here at Grace. The curriculum is very easy to follow and the reward will be the smiles on the kids’ faces week after week as they learn about God’s wonderful world. Contact Carrie Fiorina in the church office if you are interested.
RALLY DAY—Mark your calendars for September 17th following the 10:45 service for Rally Day.
Sunday School at Grace
Parenting is tough these days. Despite our vigilance and efforts to be a guiding force for our children, much of what influences our children is out of our immediate control. At Grace we know the difference Christian education makes in the formation of your child as a young person of faith in today’s world. As parents we make it a priority to send our children to school Monday through Friday to learn academic fundamentals. We also need to make it a priority to bring them to Sunday School every Sunday to learn how to navigate their Monday through Friday lives. The lessons they learn and the teachers that teach them may very well make the difference between a “right” choice and a “wrong” one. Grace offers Sunday School on Sunday mornings from 9:45 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., September through May. Here are some highlights from Grace’s Sunday School:
Pr. Amanda Bergstrom meets with high school youth each week offering a safe place for our young adults to explore their faith and support each other in the journey to adulthood.
Grace has more than seventy 7th and 8th-graders enrolled in Wednesday Confirmation class, but on a weekly basis Grace offers a forum on Sunday mornings for this age group. The lively forum includes discussion on subjects that students can use in their daily lives, such as: friends, fighting temptation, finding your identity, choosing wisely, and God’s purpose for me.
Our 6th-grade class also works in a forum style, taking in-depth looks at biblical stories. For example, this class looked at the events of Holy Week during the weeks leading up to Easter, complete with discussion on what Jesus taught while in Jerusalem and re-enactment of Palm Sunday and the Last Supper. This class also devotes time to relational topics including conflict resolution.
Classes for 4-year-olds through 5th-graders follow the gospel and lessons read in worship each weekend, giving parents and children an opportunity to discuss the correlation between what was learned in Sunday School, what was experienced in worship, and how to use what was learned in daily life. These classes also make cards for our shut-in members and utilize the downstairs prayer tree.
The 3-year-old class and Wednesday night 2-year-old parent/tot classutilize Gospel Light, a curriculum geared toward introducing the very young child to God’s constant love.
In the spring of each year we provide the opportunity for children entering first grade or older to partake of their First Communion. The child and their parent or guardian are required to attend a short class that focuses on the sacrament of communion.
Grace has more than thirty adults who volunteer their time to prepare and present lessons and discussion on a wide variety of topics, from Bible stories to peer pressure. Why do these people devote hours each week to this ministry? Because they know the tremendous difference the influence of Christian mentors and teachers can make in the life of a child.
Here’s the catch—our teachers can’t do this job alone. Children only benefit from Sunday School if parents commit to bring them each week. Making a priority of attending weekly worship and Sunday School will not only make a positive difference in your child’s life, but will make a positive difference in your family’s week as well.
--Carrie Fiorina, Director for Education Ministries
For more information on Grace's Sunday School contact Carrie Fiorina at 815/338-0554.