March 10th will mark five months of serving at Lutheran Church of the Master as the Director of Youth and Family. It has been amazing and filled with many fabulous blessings. I am developing a growing relationship with the youth and families that I serve, and with the whole congregation. It has been a good five months with lots of old and new faith-building activities coming together to move us into the future.
Since my last message, nine of our youth have attended winter camps at Lutherhaven. A fabulous time was had by all. Camp provides the chance for our youth to be with a larger group of students and experience a variety of activities, in a totally different kind of physical environment, that all come together in a fun faith-building time of play, Bible Study, and worship. We had a blast and grew closer to one another and to God. I am committed to find every opportunity I can to bring our youth in fellowship with other Christian youth.
My one concern, and biggest prayer, is the Sunday School Program. We need to make some decisions about what we want to do to build the faith in our young ones. This is what I have observed happening so far: we have three women willing to teacher with one available to do the majority of it; on any given Sunday, we have from zero to five children who attend, (the average is 3); we have far more who could be attending and do come to worship with their families but choose not to attend Sunday School. It is clear to me that something different needs to be done in order to provide a faith-building/bible learning time for our children.
An Education Committee has been formed, which is the first step in answer to my prayer. Over the next few months, as we look into various options, I ask you to hold the teaching of our young children, and what that should look like, in your prayers. If you are willing to step forward and help teach, please let me know. If you have ideas for how we can do this better, please let me know.
Moving into September 2018, there will be new and different things taking place in an effort to teach God’s word to all ages. Whatever is done will need a lot of prayer and a lot of help from volunteers.
Below are some ideas that are being prayed over.
Keep Sunday school as it is; Do away with Sunday School altogether; Take the children out for “children’s church” during the first service; Take the children out for “children’s church” during both services; Only do Sunday School once or twice a month; Have each family take a week and teach; Incorporate more cross-generational or family oriented Sunday School.
If you have input or other ideas please let me know (208-755-0995 or (firstname.lastname@example.org). You can call me, email me, or write it down and place it in my box outside the office door at the church.
Blessings on you as we journey together to build our own faith, the faith of our church community, and the faith of those outside our church walls.
Who can come?: You and your friends in Grade 6+
March 16th: 6pm—9pm. Movie and game night! We’ll watch Wonder and enjoy fellowship. Meet in Schmidt Hall.
Sunday Chat: 9:45am—10:45am. Meet in the GP for study and discussion with Jody and Beckie.
Confirmation: 5:30pm—6:45pm. Wednesdays at 5:30pm. Meet in Pastor Bob’s office before Lent Soup Supper and worship.
Need more info?: Beckie Jenicek at 208-755-0995 / email@example.com