On Sunday mornings from 9:30-10:15 (September-May) we offer learning for all ages! Children are invited to begin attending Sunday School at age three. We welcome them with a story Bible and an introduction to Sunday School. Our four classes of elementary age students (3-5 year olds, 1st-2nd grade, 3rd-4th grade, 5-6th grade) utilize a fun and engaging curriculum called Spark! It is a lectionary-based curriculum; the story that they learn in Sunday School will also be a part of worship services and often lifted up in children’s sermons. The lesson plan each week is: 1) Gather 2) Bible 3) Activate Faith (craft, project, etc.) 4) Send. Jennifer Fox, our director for worship and music, helps to enliven Sunday School with music.
Those in middle and high school (7-12th grades) engage an interactive curriculum called Re:form. This lively and fun curriculum has been described as being “like God-caffeine for youth ministry.” Each week, an engaging short DVD presentation features an animated approach to a theological or Biblical question. There are also cool individual and group exercises to do in the “anti-workbook.” This year the class will be looking at Re:form Ancestors, which explores the ancestors of our faith and exposes the real, unpolished and unexpected personalities of Old and New Testament Bible characters.
At Christ Lutheran, confirmation instruction is offered for youth in 7th and 8th grade. It is part of our Faith Stepping Stones Program, in which we help parents keep the promises that they make to their children in Holy Baptism.
Confirmation classes meet weekly (September-May) on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. We engage a curriculum called Here We Stand. It takes a fun and contemporary look at the Lutheran tradition. There are two parts to the curriculum. One focuses on the Bible. Each week we take a look at select books, making our way through the entire Bible by the end of the year. The other part focuses on the Small Catechism; studying the 10 Commandments, Apostles’ Creed, Lord’s Prayer, sacraments, and more.
Those in confirmation also participate in service and fellowship activities, worship ministries, and attend summer Bible camp.
Stepping Stones The journey of life in Christ begins in the waters of baptism. As we grow up and grow into our life in Christ we encoutner "stepping stones" that mark our journey - entry into Sunday School, our first Bible, first communion, confirmation. This program marks the stepping stones of baptized life with parents and their children.
As we look ahead to 2013-14 Adult Education, we would like your input. Please use this link to access a brief survey.
Diakonia This is an intensive two-year lay school that is for people who wish to grow as leaders in the church. It features a comprehensive course of study and is sponsored by the Northern Illinois Synod.