The Apostle John wrote in 3 John 1:4 “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.”
As shepherds of the Christian faith, this is our hope – that our children are walking in the truth. The goal at St. John Lutheran Church is to equip parents and caregivers to be the main guides of their children’s faith. Deuteronomy 6 instructs parents to make God inescapable in the family home. While St. John provides age-appropriate engaging experiences to enhance their knowledge, faith, and personal relationship with Jesus Christ, we actively encourage and guide parents to live out Deuteronomy 6 in their homes.
Nursery: Available for children six weeks to age four during Sunday School and both worship services. Parents of children attending the nursery are asked to complete a registration form. This information sheet will be kept on file in the nursery. It will include basic health and contact information. Also, people working in the nursery are members of St. John staff who have undergone background checks and pediatric first aid/CPR/ AED training.
Sunday School: Bible teaching for children ages 3 through 5th grade is offered each Sunday from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Children’s Sunday school classes Preschool through third grade use the curriculum The Gospel Story. It focuses on Christ and His gospel as it teaches 156 key stories from Genesis to Revelation that highlight God's plan of redemption. This three-year curriculum utilizes a family devotional as well. The older class, 4th/5th grades use the curriculum Firm Foundations: Creation to Christ. This is an age-appropriate chronological study from Genesis to Revelation. Firm Foundations follows God’s pattern of progressively revealing Himself.
Children's Chapel: Children ages 3 years through 3rd grade are invited to attend during the sermon at both Sunday services for this activity designed just for them. Each Sunday, children are led through the Scripture specific to each week’s sermon. They participate in age-appropriate activities which teach the Scripture such as games, drama, craft, and/or songs. With each lesson, whether Old Testament or New, the Gospel is discussed. The children learn that all Bible stories are part of ONE story – Jesus’ story for us.
Illumin8: “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16
Illumin8 is a time for children 3rd through 5th grade to come together in fellowship – to build friendships with other children at St. John. Each month Illumin8 meets at area venues for fun, team-building activities such as rock climbing, bowling, and Ninja Warrior Challenges. Please see the Children’s Ministry Newsletter for this month’s meeting time and place.
Acts 2:42 Night: The first Wednesday each month, children are invited to gather with the whole church family for a meal, fellowship, testimonies, prayer and a celebration of God's goodness.
Senior Visitation: “Then the righteous will answer him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?' And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” Matthew 25:37-40
All St. John children and families are invited to serve area senior citizens by visiting Pheasant Ridge Assisted Living one Saturday each month. Please see the Children’s Ministry Newsletter for the day and time of this month’s visit.
For more information about Children's Ministry, email Kristie Robers at firstname.lastname@example.org.