Children

Children in Worship

At baptism, we welcome each child into the Lord’s family as fellow members of the body of Christ and workers with us.

Sunday School

This year we went with a different approach to forming the faith of young believers and have received rave reviews from students and teachers and have had record numbers of children in attendance.  There are groups designed for:  infants, preschool, kindergarten through grade 2, grade 3 through 6, and Junior and Senior High School.  We begin with two large group activities at 9:15 a.m.  Preschool through grade 2 are with Mrs. Reep for “Godly Praise” engaging in musical games, singing Bible songs, engaging in gross motor activities, and prayer.  Grades 3 through 6, with their teachers, meet with Miss Kelly for team building style games and activities that support the message of the week’s Bible lesson.  After 25 minutes, the children and their teachers divide and have an age appropriate lesson in small groups.  The infants and their parents have playtime and fellowship after Godly Praise.  This new feature at Sunday School is bringing fun and excitement to the older children while still providing vital Christian education.  The sessions conclude with Cana Fellowship i.e. delicious snacks and something to drink.  During this time the kids can be together deepening friendship through conversation and fellowship.  A wonderful mix of fun, fellowship and learning.

Godly Praise (formerly Exploring Music and Crafts) – Godly Praise is held on Sunday mornings from 9:15-9:40 a.m.  This class allows our toddlers and early elementary aged children to explore biblical stories, faith in community, and offering praise through singing and movement activities.  It also allows them to get their wiggles and giggles out before the main part of the Sunday school lesson.  Parents of infants are more than welcome to bring babies to this class so that you can sing, tap, and play along with us.  There have been several studies linking musical experience and the ability to keep a steady beat to reading readiness and language development.  Miss Kelly will be offering opportunities for art and fellowship at various other times during the year.

Wednesday Crafts & Prayers – This class is designed for students age 4 and older and will meet for seven weeks  beginning January 11 and ending on February 22.  See More

For information about Sunday School, volunteer opportunities or joining a class, contact the church office.

 Acolytes – See Pastor Reep if you have a son or daughter that would be interested in becoming an acolyte.  See More

Holy Communion Instruction, A holy Meal for Holy People – Communion instruction is provided for all children.  For some it will be their First Communion, for others it will deepen their knowledge and understanding of the Holy Meal.  Pastor Reep will provide the leadership for this important component of faith formation for our young people.  Please note that each lesson builds on the previous one so regular attendance is encouraged.  The dates for Communion instruction will be announced.

Confirmation Ministry Catechetics – The Confirmation Ministry Catechetics are held Sunday evenings from 6:00-8:00 p.m. – This confirmation ministry for the congregation is held in conjunction with 7 other Lutheran congregations in York.  There is a fall term and a winter/spring term.  The fall term begins September 18 and concludes November 6.  The winter/spring term begins February 12 and concludes April 2.  The Rite of Confirmation will be held on May 21, 2017.

Musical Opportunities for Children are:

Cantabile Bell Choir –  (See more)

Children’s Choir –  (See more)

Instrumentalist –  (See more)

Vacation Bible School – Bible School is held in June and is for children age 3 through 2nd grade.

Church Summer Camp – The congregation supports the Lutheran Camping Corporation and the camps that it offers for children and families.  Camp brochures are mailed out in the spring.  If you think your child/youth or family would be interested in attending church camp, see Kelly Moore-Spencer.  The camp brochures explain all the camping experiences offered at Camp Nawakwa and Camp Kirchenwald.  If you know you want to attend one of the specialty camps that fill up right away, let Kelly know and she will be glad to help you register.  You can visit  the corporation’s website at  www.lutherancamping.org/summer

While attending camp, faith is renewed and the fabric of the Church is strengthened during a refreshing outdoor experience with other children from multiple parishes.  The Lutheran Camping Corporation and St. Paul’s both offer scholarships to help with the cost to children from the congregation who wish to participate in outdoor ministry.

 

       ” …we will tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that He has done.”  Psalm 78:4