Being a Christian is not about memorizing a bunch of information or learning how to follow the rules. It is about learning to be faithful and discerning in a complex world. Our Christian Formation program helps children, youth, and adults cultivate a way of life that values caring for those in need, taking responsibility for God’s world, curiosity, wonderment, and deepening our relationship with God.
A Central Place
Children hold a central place in our community. They are included in all aspects of our life together – in fellowship, service, and worship. In worship, children participate in a children’s time every Sunday that starts with Malorie Adair introducing them to the theme of the day. Then Malorie and an adult assistant take the children to the parlor for a Sunday School lesson, bringing them back into the sanctury in time for Holy Communion.
We use the Holy Moly curriculum, through Augsburg Fortress for children pre-school through third grade in that time with Malore, during worship. And children in grades 4 & 5 use Holy Moly too with their teachers…but, they meet following worship (after a snck, of course).
Affirmation & Youth Group
Sixth to Twelfth graders continue their learning in Affirmation. Affirmation is a Sunday morning group, led by Malorie, for tweens and teens held following worship on the 1st & 3rd Sundays of the month where youth explore their relationship with God. Our youth leader, Malorie Adair, creates an atmosphere of curiosity and exploration.
There are also opportunities for service, like making sandwiches for Common Cathedral, raising funds and awareness for hunger, and writing letters to our elected legislators. There are trips and youth gatherings all intended to strengthen community as we walk together serving God and the world.
And when ready, youth meet with Pastor Cindy for a period of time, followed by affirming their faith publicly during a worship service of their choosing, supported by their Redeemer community.
A Baptismal Conversation
Baptism is the beginning of our journey with God.· We encourage and equip parents with a number of resources: instruction, congregational support, and a child’s book of prayers. We recognize that parents need support as they nurture their children’s baptismal journey of faith.··We provide social and learning opportunities for parents throughout the year.
A First Communion Conversation
When children are ready for First Communion they discover that there is a special place for them at God’s Table.· They discover that they are full participants and partners in the ministry we all share. Readiness is determined by parents and their child and the pastor. Prior to First Communion, children are reminded of their Baptism when they come forward with their parents at Communion.