An Environment of Faith, Fun and Learning
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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 5
Classes are held in the Spring in preparation for First Communion on Pentecost Sunday in June. These classes are led by the Pastor and their Sunday School teacher.
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.
Faith Lens: Grades 6-12
The name of this Sunday School group comes from a weekly blog that is published by the ELCA with the same name. The ELCA describes the Faith Lens blog as “Weekly Bible studies that engage youth and young adults in connecting world events with the Bible, faith, and everyday life.” During the formidable teen-years, helping youth connect their faith with their world is vital. In 2016, we took part in prayer and bible study, played games such as Apples-to-Apples (the Bible Edition), led a Christmas worship service and helped with small projects around the church. In 2017, the time will also be used to hold acolyte and crucifer training. The group has grown to become a strong component of our faith development time, which is not easy when competing with the students’ already very busy schedules. 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.
Youth Group: Grades 7 and Up
The focus of the Youth Group is to deepen our relationship with Christ and the Church through action as well as prayer. How do we do this? By having fun and fellowship while we work on projects that benefit the church. We help others at events, the annual Pork dinner, the Shrove Tuesday dinner, the Nickel Social, and BBQs. We raise money with a Pasta Dinner and raffle to Adopt-A-Family or two at Christmas time. Fundraisers such as the Soup Sale, Brats and Hots, bake sales, and car wash tickets enable us to serve our neighbors in other ways and enjoy occasional field trips. Friends are always welcome. They add another pair of hands and add to the fun as well!
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.