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During worship the pastor provides a Children’s Time message.
The children gather in the chancel and the pastor tells a story or uses a prop to explain the key understanding from that day’s gospel reading.

Afterwards, the children go to the Sunday school area for a lesson to expand on the readings during worship.

On Bible Sunday 21 children were presented with age-appropriate Bibles.

The Sunday School children often present their Christmas Pageant to a retirement community.

instruction is provided to seventh and eighth grade
students. Classes meet meets weekly during the school year. One year of instruction covers the Bible and the other year covers catechism.

First Communion instruction is usually offered to children in grade 2, but parents are asked to determine if their children are ready for instruction in consultation with the pastor.

Adult Education occurs during the time between worship services and mid-week during Lent. Recent studies: a six-part series on Galatians; Catechism review including, The Ten Commandments, The Lord’s Prayer, Baptism and Holy Communion; Immigration; a six-part series on Luke; six-part series on Romans; a seven-part series on Women in the Bible.

See the News tab and calendar for upcoming topics.

The Health Ministry Team also provides educational offerings on health topics. See the Health tab.


Children receive Splash! materials at designated intervals from birth to age three. They include faith-filled keepsakes, music, activities and prayers for the family to enjoy together from baptism until their child reaches the age to enter Sunday School.

 Children age 2 through grade 2 receive the Spark Story Bible.

 Children Grade 3 through grade 6 receive the Spark Study Bible.



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