Celebrations of Faith
CELEBRATIONS OF FAITH
As each child grows and matures in faith, we celebrate certain milestones in their journey. There is a Celebration of Faith approximately once per year as a child moves from 2 years old through their high school graduation. In their senior year of high school, students will create a cross made from tiles commemorating each Celebration of Faith they have experienced.
Every January, this celebration event gathers all those baptized in the previous year for a special presentation during Sunday worship.
Goal: Reminds us that while baptism grants God's grace to an individual, it also connects each person to the family of believers.
Entry into Sunday School
Children are encouraged to begin Sunday School with their parents at age 2. Families again gather at the communion rail during Sunday worship for the presentation of a Bible storybook. Goal: Parents will begin the important practice of telling the stories of the Bible to their children.
Advent Family Devotions
1st and 2nd graders and their parents gather to make an Advent calendar or an Advent wreath. The families then have the time to practice a simple format for family devotions. Goal: Parents continue the practice of family devotions throughout the year.
Entry to Confirmation Celebration
3rd grade is the official beginning of Confirmation study. Parents will present Bibles to their children during a Sunday worship service. Goal: Parents can help their children learn to use their Bibles in personal and family devotions at home.
Learning to Worship
4th graders and their parents gather for a workshop to learn about worship services and ways that elementary aged children can fully participate in the service on Sundays. Goal: Parents and children will work at engaging in the worship services each week.
Learning to Pray
5th graders focus on prayer activities throughout the year during their midweek studies on Wednesday evenings. Goal: Parents and students will be ever mindful of the power of prayer and expand their prayers from memorized prayers to conversation with God.
Seder Meal Celebration
6th graders study the sacraments on Wednesday evenings. On Maundy Thursday, before the worship service, 6th graders and their parents will participate in a seder meal, just like the Passover meal that Jesus celebrated with His disciples the day before His death. Goal: Parents and students would learn about this traditional meal and how it relates to our celebration of the Lord's Supper today.
Service learning and fellowship activities offered monthly for students in 7th and 8th grade. Goal: Students begin to learn new ways to interact with others in their age group as they move towards confirmation.
8th graders gather around the communion rail for a blessing as they become confirmed members of the congregation. They will participate in their first communion at this special worship service. Goal: Students will be equipped to continually grow in faith as they transition into confirmed members of the congregation and take an active role in the family of faith.
Journeys of Faith
Middle and high school students are encouraged to participate in a variety of service and event trips. Goal: Through travel, students will learn about putting their faith in action in the world outside our own community.
Students in grades 8-12 take on leadership roles at Vacation Bible School. Goal: Train students to be leaders in our congregation and equip them for leadership, wherever they end up in the future.
XYF Youth Group
High school youth group encompasses experiences that encourage personal faith growth through Bible Study; a community of caring via small groups in Hot Talks; fellowship and service events with others in the congregation as well as age specific activities. Goal: Support our high school youth as they grow in faith and prepare for their adult lives as Christians.