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 with Pastor Cindy and many children serve as worship assistants.
Sunday School (Pre-School – 5th Grade)
We use the curriculum, Spark Rotation and Spark Lectionary! Children become familiar with Bible stories, people, and themes through age appropriate lessons, activities, and crafts. Young children explore a single Bible story, during a three week period, in various forms: drama, art & music, and science. Older children engage in the Biblical stories heard weekly during worship.
Sixth to Twelfth graders continue their learning in Affirmation. Affirmation is a Sunday morning group for tweens and teens to 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 affirm 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.