Our congregation is extremely welcoming to children and we love hearing the noise and activity. New families are welcome to join us at any time. Bringing little children to worship is something like having them eat at the dinner table. Even though their table manners are not like those of grownups, it is done because they are part of the family.
“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.” (Matthew 19:14)
A child in worship is always a blessing, although they might not participate in the same ways adults do. Children do not always sit still or quietly during worship, but they are still capable of listening, singing, praying and giving along with the rest of us. We, as adults, value the presence of children during worship, trusting that they are also learning that:
- It’s important to come here with their family on Sundays.
- God loves them and they belong to this special group of people.
- The sights and sounds of worship are good.
- Something is expected of them in this place and they are capable of participating through listening, singing, praying and even offering!
Butterflies – families of 0-4 year olds gather for an active Bible story, music, and prayer. Families meet once a month for fellowship and learning. Meets the second Sunday of each month at 10:00 a.m.
Sunday School- This year’s Sunday School theme is Hooked on Jesus. We will become fishers of people just as Jesus told his first disciples, who were fishermen, to be. During the Spring Parent Meetings, parents expressed the desire to move Sunday School to the worship hour. This year, we will be excusing the children after the lessons in worship to the Chapel for Sunday School. The curriculum we will be using is the SPARK Lectionary curriculum. The weekly lessons will follow the same stories that will be heard during the gospel. Grades 3rd through 6th will be taught in a large group setting, but the younger grades will stay with their age groups. I will be helping out with FLY K-7 this year to make our Wednesday program more structured, engaging, entertaining and following our Sunday School curriculum. I know these are a lot of changes, but these were all ideas expressed by parents at First Lutheran Church. I am looking forward to an exciting year of teaching, learning, and getting to know the children and families at FLC. Let’s all get Hooked on Jesus!