JUST FOR KIDS
CHILDREN & WORSHIP
Children are a welcome and encouraged part of our Sunday mornings! We are happy to have them attend worship services and support and encourage their participation from the earliest ages. Activity bags, children’s bulletins, and toys are available in the lobby to keep little ones engaged. Towards the beginning of the service, all children are invited to come forward for a special Children’s Message delivered for all ages to enjoy.
During worship (from Sept. – May), kids ages 3 years through 5th grade, are invited to CHILDREN’S CHURCH where they hear the Gospel lesson, watch a video, create a craft or play a game.
NURSERY (ages 0 – 5 years)
For the convenience of parents with young children (infant to 5 years), we provide free childcare during the worship service each Sunday. Our wonderful nursery attendant, Celestina, takes loving care of your children so that you may enjoy a peaceful worship experience. The nursery is located in the Parish Hall (in the building adjacent to the sanctuary building) in a large, safe, toy-filled room with baby toys, books, puzzles and space for crawlers. Please feel free to bring your child to the Nursery prior to the start of worship or anytime during the service.
CHILDREN’S CHURCH (ages 3 yrs – 5th grade)
Our goal is to teach children the stories of God’s goodness, so they learn about God’s love for them, and their world. We do this through:
A Bible story curriculum – to provide a fun and engaging way for the children to learn God’s story and love.
Prayer – to model and teach children how to pray and talk to God.
Games and crafts – that connect with the theme of the day to facilitate deeper understanding and creative exploration.
Friendship – to build great relationships that encourage children as they develop.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL (VBS)
Each summer our church undergoes an exciting transformation as we prepare and then host our much-anticipated VBS. For one fabulously crazy & fun week every space on our campus is a buzz of activity!
All children 3 1/2 years old through 5th grade are invited to come join the summertime fun! Children will play games, create amazing crafts, enjoy tasty and nutritious snacks, sing silly songs and learn about God’s love for them and the whole world!
Click here to learn more about this year’s VBS.
This three year program is designed for youth in the 6th – 8th grades to provide a place for students to:
- Experience the love and grace of God and develop their own, personal relationship with God.
- Learn and experience some of the practices of our faith—prayer, meditation.
- Learn about the Christian, Lutheran faith and to experience religion and faith that is vital in today’s world.
- Confirmation not conformation—we strive to give your children the tools they need to confirm their faith, not so much conform to a narrow set of beliefs.
During twice-monthly classes students study: The Old & New Testaments, Martin Luther’s Small Catechism, Lutheran History & Lutheran Living. They attend other houses of worship, serve the hungry, go on retreat and discover that our holy God is unconditionally in love with each one of us. To learn more about Confirmation at MLC please contact Pastor Tom.
9th – 12th grades: Sr. High and their friends are a part of this group. You don’t have to be a Lutheran – you don’t even have to be a Christian to join us. We have regular gatherings just for fun! We go bowling, enjoy dinners and game nights. We make care packages for college students, worship & feed the hungry at Glide Memorial Church, volunteer at Vacation Bible School as counselors, and participate in state and national youth gatherings. Our High School Ministry is led by Will Peck and Pastor Tom. Contact Pastor Tom to learn more and check the MLC Calendar for Upcoming Youth Events.