5TH - 8TH Grade faith formation
Our 5th - 8th Grade Faith Formation program is made up of small groups within each grade level. These small groups stay together as they move through each program year and into 9th Grade confirmation. Groups are led by volunteer adult leaders, and large group learning is taught by a multitude of adult instructors, including pastors, staff, and guest presenters.
four year theme rotation
Each year will focus on a different theme, so that by the time a student moves to 9th grade confirmation, they will have engaged in four different elements of Lutheran faith.
Theme 1: CREATION AND PROMISE // 2016-17
This theme is grounded in God’s promised and faithful relationship with creation. Some of the topics in this theme include: the history of God’s promises in scripture, the daily promise of God’s presence in the sacraments, and the theological understanding of promises from the Lutheran perspective.
Theme 2: COMMUNITY AND RELATIONSHIPS // 2017-18
This theme will focus on three aspects of relationship we experience: Gods relationship with us, our relationship with the world, our relationship with creation. The content for this theme will center on the Ten Commandments and parables of Jesus.
Theme 3: LIVING FAITH // 2018-19
Theme three will focus on a living faith and word. Prayer, statements of faith and topical examples of living the faith journey will guide this theme. Content will include the Lord’s Prayer, Apostles’ Creed, and the challenging statements of Jesus.
Theme 4: STORYTELLERS OF FAITH // 2019-20
This theme will engage in the examples of faithful storytellers from scripture, in the world, and in this congregation. Young people will be nurtured to develop a language and practice of faithful living that not only connects with congregational identity, but makes sense to them in daily life. The content for this theme is the living examples of faith in Old and New Testament, examples of faith in the world, and congregational stories.
- Know that faith is a journey lived in a community which shares joy, pain, and lives life prayerfully
- Experience scripture as a living example of the ongoing, faithful promise of God
- Experience Jesus as the pioneer, perfector and model of a faithful life
- Experience the Holy Spirit as the very real and very mysterious presence of God at work in the world
- Intentionally think and talk about the joys and challenges of living a life of faith
- Think about their gifts and talents and how they can be used to love and serve the world
Small group ministry is an opportunity. It is a time to uncover the mystery of God's promise in the world; a time to affirm, daily, the promises made in Baptism and most importantly to say YES to God who first said yes to us.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SCHEDULE
Community Hour: 5:30-6:00pm
Learning Time: 6:50-8:00pm
We no longer have Wednesday night dinners but Fellowship Hall will remain open with tables, cookies, and beverages!
Faith Formation students are expected to attend 70% of worship services during the program year. Worship as a community is an important part of the faith formation experience, and will be integrated into small group learning.
5th through 8th Graders gather in the Worship Center every Wednesday to learn in large group together. Sessions start with music from the band, a large group game, and then transitions into lesson for the day.
small group (CASY GROUP)
Small groups are at the heart of youth faith formation. When large group ends, CASY groups meet in assigned classrooms with their CASY (Caring Adult Supporting Youth) and go over what they've learned, share highs and lows, dwell, and pray together.
5th Grade communion milestone
Retreat: Saturday, February 4 // 9am - 11am
Celebration: Maundy Thursday // 7pm (during worship)
Our 5th Graders celebrate their Holy Communion milestone every year by attending a Saturday retreat at Mount Olivet where they learn about the importance of communion, bake their own communion bread, and create a communion chalice.
The second part of the milestone is celebrated during Maundy Thursday worship where participants will be brought forward for a special communion using their chalice, and a reception following worship.
RETREATS & Mission trips
Grades 6-8 go on yearly retreats and mission trips to help broaden their faith, and be immersed in other communities.
7th & 8th Grade Mission Trip: Duluth
(July 9-14, 2017)