Jesus says in Matthew 24:35 “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.”
We know that we have a vertical relationship with God in Worship. That means we receive His gifts of forgiveness, life, and salvation through the hearing of His Word and the administration of His sacraments; namely Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We also have a horizontal relationship with God as we go out from worship and we continue to learn about Him by reading our Bibles and attending Bible Studies.
Sunday school is a place where this horizontal relationship happens and is a very important part of the Christian life. Brothers and sisters in Christ of all ages come together not only to hear about God and His love for us, but also to have interaction and discussion with one another about what God’s Word is telling us.
We hear about other people’s experiences with the topics we discuss and how God’s Word has helped get people through tough times. As we listen and share, we come to a deeper understanding of God’s Word and find ourselves more equipped to go out into the world to tell people about Jesus. Below you will find many different opportunities not only for children but also for adults to engage in learning about our Lord and what He has done for us.
Sunday school for the children is a great place for them to start their foundation in God’s Word. 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 News of Jesus Christ will 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.
- Sunday School students may be involved in sharing special music during the school year. Also, there is a Christmas program put on the by children and adults in December.
- 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." Non-communion services have a Children's Message in order to bring God’s Word in a way for children to best understand.