Opportunities for Youth

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Splash/Cradle Roll: Ages 0-3

No one is too young to be included! Children are recognized at their baptism with cards at their birthdays and baptismal anniversaries. Parents receive monthly bulletins to support them in their important role as nurturers of their child’s faith. These bulletins include guidance on parenting, craft ideas, prayer time support, Bible verses, opportunities to expand horizons with words from other cultures and much more. Cradle kids and their parents meet monthly for socializing, activity and playtime.

Christian Education For All Ages and Generations

Good Shepherd’s christian education classes meet on Sunday mornings from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. during the school year. Children of all ages are welcome!  Groups are small and intimate, and every child gets lots of love and attention! The learning experience is kept fresh with the inclusion of many special activities. Parents, grandparents, and other caregivers are welcome to join the fun, or they may choose to join an adult discussion group or bible study.  Classes run from September-June.

First Communion: Grade 1 and up

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.”  (Matt. 19:14)  At Good Shepherd, there is no specific age required to receive First Communion other than when the parent feels their child may be ready.  Children as early as grade 1 can begin to understand the basics of this sacrament, which is a life-long process.  Even adults don’t fully understand this sacred mystery.  Pastor Joyce along with a Sunday School teacher will lead classes in preparation for First Communion.

Confirmation: Grades 7-8

Growing in faith, fellowship and self-awareness is our focus as these young teens join with youth of the churches of the Albany Lutheran Cluster to work on material from Luther’s Small Catechism, including the Apostle’s Creed, Ten Commandments, Lord’s Prayer, and the Sacraments. They also gather at Good Shepherd to work on additional academic, spiritual and service projects.

Hillenbrandt Scholarship: Post-Secondary Students

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church is proud to offer annual scholarships, up to $250.00 per year, to members who are pursuing a post-secondary education. The deadline for applications is May 15th. See below for more information.


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