Classes in Christian education are available for all age groups on a regular basis. Members are encouraged to attend one or more of these classes to strengthen and expand their knowledge of God's Word.

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Preschool

The Little Lambs Preschool is accepting registrations for the next school year. Call the church office at 515-573-3174 for more information and/or to enroll a child in one of the classes. You can also see more information in the handbook by going to the Little Lambs Parent Handbook page. For copies of the Little Lambs forms, click on the following links. (To view the forms, you need a PDF reader program. If you do not have such a program, you can obtain one free of charge at sites such as Adobe Reader or Foxit Reader).

Registration Form
Emergency Medical Treatment Authorization Form
Pick-Up Permission Form
Field Trip & Activity Authorization Form
Book Consent & Picture Release Form

Sunday School

Sunday School is a parish service offered through our Board of Christian Education. They begin with the Nursery Class for three year olds and range up to twelfth grade. We take seriously Christ's command to "Feed my lambs." Sunday morning sessions offer an opportunity to share the Gospel in ways appropriate to the age of each class. While the schedule varies somewhat from week to week, common activities include:

  • Hearing a Bible story
    • A story may be read, told with videos, puppets or in a variety of other ways, but the Good New of Jesus Christ well be communicated.

  • Making something
    • A Bible-oriented craft or activity is something special for younger students. Older students complete workbook activities or respond to the Gospel message through other ways.

  • Singing
    • "A joyful noise to the Lord" can be heard each Sunday with our three year olds through second grade. Sunday School students may be involved in sharing special music during the school year. All students participate in a special Advent/Christmas service in December. This is held in the church sanctuary and includes tableau and telling of the Christmas and Epiphany story.

  • Memorizing
    • We want children to remember the Word of God through the memorization of some Bible verses. We learn more about the Lord's Prayer, Commandments, Apostle's Creed, Baptism and Communion through Luther's Small Catechism.

In addition to our Sunday School classes, our worship services are "child friendly." Most services have a Children's Message. This is an activity-oriented, brief message specifically for young children.

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Youth Confirmation Classes

Children in the congregation between grades five and eight attend these classes which leads to confirmation. The classes begin in the fall and continue until late in April. They meet every Wednesday evening.

VBS Photo

Vacation Bible School (VBS)

Children from age 3 through the 6th grade participate in a program of Bible lessons, singing, crafts and recreation. Sessions are held during the summer on specific dates which are announced well in advance. There is a program during the final session. We strive to reach non-churched children. Sunday School children are encouraged to invite their friends, churched and non-churched. As the children learn about God, they have fun with music, recreation, arts and crafts.

Adult Bible Study

The Adult Bible Study group meets each Sunday morning throughout the year. Another group, the Men's Bible Study group, meets weekly at 7:00 AM on Thursday mornings according to the regular schedule.

Adult Information Classes

These classes are designed for adults interested in becoming members of Good Shepherd or wishing to brush up on their knowledge of Christian doctrine. The church office (573-3174) can be contacted for more information, including schedules for the classes.