5-9th grade faith formation
Wednesday night schedule
Worship / Learning: 6:15-7 PM
Pizza: 7 PM
Age-Specific Large Group: 7-7:15 PM
Small Groups: 7:15-7:45 PM
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.
learn how to interpret the story and beliefs of our faith
connect with a community over shared faith experiences, questions, prayer, and highs and lows
serve god using their unique strengths as they engage with our partners, neighbors, and the world
imagine what living in the promise and calling of baptism look like for you. then, make a promised intention
Our 5th-9th 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.
three-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 three different elements of Lutheran faith.
theme 1: Practice of faith
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: living your faith
This theme will focus on three aspects of relationship we experience: Gods relationship with us, our relationship with the world, and our relationship with creation. Additionally, the living word, made known in Jesus and examining the concepts of tension in faith will guide this theme. The content for this theme will center on the Ten Commandments, the Lord's Prayer, Apostles' Creed, and the life of Jesus.
theme 3: god's story, your story
This theme will engage in the examples of faithful story tellers 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 example of faith in Old and New Testament, examples of faith in the world, and congregational stories.