At First Lutheran we strive to make Sunday school a place
where children experience the unconditional love of God and the joy that comes
with it. Through teaching, music and service projects they learn what it means
to be a follower of Christ.
Sunday school meets via Zoom - see each grade for times throughout the week.
We have a dedicated staff of teachers who make a year-long commitment, offering consistency for the students. Our teachers are carefully screened and background checked.
Since we are all grieving the loss of our in-person gatherings, we will be offering a monthly drive-by event where children and their families can receive blessings in the form of prayers and activity bags. These activity bags will connect with the upcoming month’s online Sunday school lessons as well as provide an at-home craft for faith formation at home.
Our theme this year is Love Your Neighbor. We couldn’t imagine a better theme for this time in the pandemic and a better calling for our Children’s Ministry. In line with this theme we will be selecting a donation recipient each month so that when you come by for your drive-by blessing you can also bless others with your spare change or donation items. See below for our donation schedule:
September 13th and 27th: School Supplies & Children’s Clothing (new)
October 25th: Sock-tober (socks, mittens, gloves, hats, scarves)(new or gently used)
November 29th: Canned and boxed food
December 20th: Toys and books (new and gently used)
**We will be at the entrance of the alley parking lot from 11-11:30am.**
Preschool is meeting online through Zoom. Their teacher will share a story, a finger play or a possible snack that they can prepare at home to go with the lesson for the day. There will also be conversations with the preschoolers so they can share what is going on in their lives, and so they know that their teacher and the people at First Lutheran care about them very much.
Little Lambs (PreK): January 31st
Each year we welcome our
newest pre-schoolers to join the little lambs class in January! The
little lambs and their parents are welcomed in church by the
congregation, the pastor and their teachers given a blessing and a
little lamb and then head off to their first Sunday School class!
Kindergarten thru 5th grade
Our kids are meeting online during this time. Each lesson will be led
by our talented teachers and will include storytelling and
conversation. Find links at the top of this page.
Minecraft Game Nights (3rd-5th grade): 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 6-7pm
We are hosting a zoom call alongside a private Minecraft server so that the kids can talk and interact while building and playing in the Minecraft World. For any questions or to sign your kid up, email Kristi, the Youth Intern.
Meeting ID: 838 5358 0963
Game Nights (3rd – 5th grade): 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 6-7pm
Kristi will host monthly game nights over zoom. These will be a great way for kids to connect and have fun playing new games each month and of course the classics like Mafia.
Meeting ID: 863 3274 5976
First Communion - (5th Grade): March 14th
instruction happens in the Spring of 5th grade for our youth. Part of
the 5th grade curriculum includes instruction on Passover and the Last
Supper which provides the background for further instruction with our
faith formation leadership and parents. Some youth might feel moved to
begin receiving communion prior to 5th grade and that should include a
conversation with the pastor and parents.
6th and 7th grade
Youth join our weekly Wednesday Night LIGHT worship at 7pm, then meet for the remainder of the hour in their own small group time. This is considered our pre-confirmation class. Therefore, participation with the confirmation students on Wednesday night allows them to get a foretaste of the confirmation community and content, but in a way that is appropriate for their own spiritual development.
Should weather and the pandemic not allow for Wednesday night LIGHT to continue, the 6th-7th graders will still meet on Wednesdays via Zoom to watch videos and discuss our Biblical ancestors.
First Bibles - (6th grade): September 20th
At the beginning of
each year, we recognize our 6th graders as they transition from
elementary Sunday School into Middle School Youth Group. To help prepare
them for the affirmation of faith we equip them with new study bibles
which they receive on the first Sunday of the new school year during 9:15 worship.
We are intending to offer Summer Kids Kamps this summer! Come to learn and play through stories, games, crafts and snacks. Mark your calendars for June 10th, 17th, and 24th, 2021.
Vacation Bible School - VBS
July 19th-23rd, 2021 - Come back for details!
Additional Opportunities for Children
There are numerous additional opportunities for younger
children to be involved in the First Lutheran community. Please visit our music
page to learn about bell choir opportunities and our Gallery of Living Art