An Environment of Faith, Fun and Learning
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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.
Sunday School: Age 3 - Grade 5
Good Shepherd's Sunday School meets on Sunday mornings from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. during the school year (while parents and others take part in adult discussions or prayer groups). 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. 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 Edwina 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.
Fellowship of Lutheran Youth (FLY): Grades 6-12
During the formidable teen-years, helping youth associate their faith with their world is vital. We establish this relationship through Sunday School lessons, service and fun. You will find the youth involved in prayer and bible study, fun games, leading a worship service, and helping with small projects around the church. To encourage youth to further participate in worship, acolyte and crucifer training is offered. FLY's goal is to offer faith and fellowship for the youth of our church.
One Sunday each month, the youth will participate in an outing. An outing could be a fun activity, which builds fellowship among the youth. Or the outing might be a service project, which helps the youth to make a connection with their community.
We realize that families are busy and stretched thin for time. Sundays will become a combination of Sunday School and Youth Group for these students. FLY hopes to make Sundays a special time for youth to grow together and become an important part of Good Shepherd's community of faith. We are thankful that they have chosen to spend a small part of their week strengthening their faith in God. Classes run from September-June.
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 April 1st. See below for more information.