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New Member Orientation

A three week New Member Orientation class for visitors, prospective members, and returning members is offered twice each year. The purpose of these classes is to acquaint participants with the central teachings of the Lutheran Church and the life of this congregation. Discussion centers around a variety of topics which explore dimensions of Christian discipleship and church membership.

Small Group Studies

Various Bible studies, topical studies, and short term classes are offered throughout the year. Additionally, book clubs meet to discuss current literature from a faith prospective.

My New Bible

During baptism, parents make the promise to place God's word in their child's hands and teach them the stories. At the beginning of 3rd grade, families are given the opportunity to present their child with a new Bible to read and study. This exciting event happens during worship so that the whole congregation may also renew their commitment to read and study the Bible.

First Communion Instruction

At Grace, our hope is that children will begin receiving the sacraments of Holy Communion by the time they are in 5th grade. However, we recognize that some children are ready to begin at an earlier age and should not be denied the sacraments simply based on their birthday alone. Neither should children be expected to receive the sacraments at a particular age if they are not ready. The decision is one that should be shared between the child, parent(s), and pastor. 

First communion instruction consists of two parts, an afternoon workshop for both the child and parent(s) to attend and a home visit. In the workshop we talk about the biblical history of communion and the importance of a special meal within the church. In the home visit the pastor lets the child taste the bread and wine and talks about what they have learned.

Confirmation

Confirmation ministry begins at Baptism and continues as a life-long process of growing and learning. During 7th and 8th grades, classes are offered to help youth explore the foundations of their faith and the life of the Church. Completion of the confirmation program culminates in the Rite of Affirmation of Baptism on Reformation Sunday in the 9th grade. In this rite, the confirmands publicly declare their intention to continue living as baptized people of God and members of the Body of Christ. The Church also makes promises to support and encourage these young people as they continue their growth in faith.

This program is entirely voluntary, but it also does require a high level of commitment on the part of the participants and their parents. Confirmation students (and their parents) make a commitment to participate in:

Confirmation Retreats- Students are expected to participate in six Saturday retreats through out the school year, scheduled from 9am to 2pm, where parents provide lunch. These retreats involve a variety of learning activities.

Campfirmation- Students are expected to attend a week of Confirmation Camp at Lutheridge during the summer between 7th and 8th grade. Campers participate in regular camp experiences plus daily learning activities taught by church confirmation leaders.

Worship- Students are expected to attend worship on a regular basis, including serving as worship assistants. It is important that students are nourished by Word and Sacraments during their confirmation experience and throughout their lives.

Sunday School- Students are expected to attend Sunday School on a regular basis. Is is impossible to cover everything about the Christian faith in the Saturday retreats. Sunday School classes during 6th, 7th, and 8th grade focus on the Old and New Testaments. This background is a very important component of the confirmation program.

Grace Youth Ministry (GYM)- Students are expected to participate in GYM activities on a regular basis. One of the goals of confirmation is that students will "identify more deeply with the Christian community." One of the ways that happens is through participating in youth ministry activities. The opportunities for fellowship, study and service are vitally important during the life of all Christians.

Vacation Bible School

Each summer Grace conducts a week of Vacation Bible School (VBS) during the morning from 9-12:30. There are activities and classes for toddlers to 6th grader. VBS includes crafts, games, music, bible story time, and snack.

 
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