Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs. (Matthew 19:14)
At Good Shepherd, we place high priority on education and forming the newest generation of Christian disciples. Children are an integral part of our community and are invited to participate in all aspects of the congregation’s life. The children participate in worship in a number of ways: as readers, torchbearers, gift bearers (bread and wine) and singing. The following educational opportunities are available for the youngest members to the young at heart.
Classes are available for everyone, youngest to the young at heart! Classes are available for Pre-K through Grade 5, Middle and High School, and two classes for adults. Children in the Pre-K-Grade 5 classes meet first with John Apple at 9:45 for singing before going to their classrooms. Please help build your faith at Sunday school and attend one of these classes.
Here’s what’s offered:
The Pre-K through Grade 5 classes are diving into Deep Blue which is an awe-inspiring resource for children. T Deep Blue included adventure, exciting stories, science experiments, arts and crafts, animated video storytelling, and active games—all combined into a faith experience that helps children discover what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ today! Each Sunday at 9:45, the children will meet first with John Apple for singing before going to their classrooms. Teachers for this class are Amy Plunkett, Cheryl Bolding, Margaret Ann Cloninger, Jackie & Christine Ewart, Ashely Hendrickson, Jodie Morrison and Tara Sears. Diane Falls and Beth Butlak are coordination the rotation for this group.
The Middle School classes are “Seeing through the Scriptures.” This course provides the basic framework needed to understand the sweep of the Bible’s narrative, and thus see how all the ‘jigsaw pieces’ of Scripture fit together. The middle schoolers will gain deeper insights into the profound, radical nature of Jesus’ life and ministry through video and other interesting presentations. Learning in a fun environment! What could be better? This class is mandatory for the confirmation students too, so it’s important to be in class each week. The teachers for this class are Barb & Dave Landes, Reinhard von Hennigs, Chris & Beth Butlak.
The High School class will be taught by Scott Concannon, Camille Jessen, Ruth Neely and Diane Perry. This call will engage in creative ways of talking about epic stories from the New Testament from High School Talk Sheets. Covering everything from Jesus’ birth to the stories of Paul, these talk sheets promise to challenge and relate to their lives today.
John Apple is resuming his Reformation 500 class as we are nearing the actual anniversary. Join John each week to learn more about Luther, the other reformers and the upheaval caused by the Reformation and the birth of the Protestant church.
Pastor Storms is reviving his series of The Wired Word, a lively discussion relating current events to the biblical narrative.
All classes begin at 9:45 each week. There is one for you. Please let keep the Building Our Faith construction going and attend one of these classes.
In the last week of June each year, we welcome the staff of Camp Agape who run an all-day program for older elementary school children. It’s a week of fun, games, music and infectious learning!
Throughout the year, children are invited to participate in special education events, often at special holidays or festivals. Regular celebrations include: “Trunk-or-Treat,” an Advent/Christmas service, Easter Egg Hunt and other exciting activities.