Children’s Ministry

Good Shepherd offers a variety of educational opportunities for children.  A description of our Sunday School is below as well as a listing of special opportunities for children during fall 2018.   

 

 


OPPORTUNITIES FOR CHILDREN
in the 
2018-19 SCHOOL YEAR

Sunday School
We welcome all children to join with us for community and faith formation within our Sunday School program. Parents or caregivers do not need to be members of Good Shepherd for their children to attend.  

We meet most Sundays from September through May from 10:45 am-11:30 am. Students gather in the Fellowship Hall for snacks and conversation in the 10-15 minutes between church and Sunday School. Then, a chime rings to alert students that Sunday School is about to start.  The 4-year old-4th grade class will meet in the Sunday School room by the small kitchen. The Youth Forum (Middle School and up) will meet in the Annex.  Parents and caregivers are welcome to come to Sunday School with their children, but are not required to do so.  Friends are always welcome!

August 26th: The Blessing of the Backpacks will be on Sunday, August 26th.  Everyone returning to school is invited to bring a school bag to worship for a blessing as you begin a new year.  Also, we would like all children to meet with Kathryn and Pr. Amy at 10:50am in the Sanctuary to prepare for the kids to lead worship on Sunday, September 9th

September 9th:  Rally Sunday will be on Sunday, September 9th.  The children will be leading worship.  Following worship, Kathryn Thompson will be leading the kickoff to our Sunday School and Youth Forum activities for 2018-19. 

October 7th and October 14thOur 3rd-5th grade students will be given Bibles in worship on Sunday, Oct. 14th.  Pr. Amy will lead a class for 3rd-5th grade students and parents on Exploring God’s Word on Sunday, Oct. 7th during the Sunday School hour.

October 26-27:  Rekindle Retreat for 3rd-5th graders at Good Earth Village, Spring Valley, MN. Join Kathryn Thompson and your friends at Good Shepherd for a fun and energy-filled retreat, staffed by summer camp counselors, where you have the opportunity to go on hikes, play games, and worship. Friday, October 26, 5:45pm- Saturday, October 27, 6pm. Cost $40.

Registration due to the church office by Sunday, September 16. Printed copies of the registration forms will be available on the counter outside the church office also.
2018 Good Earth Village Registration Form

Child and Youth Abuse Prevention Program:  At the Annual Meeting of the Congregation on February 4, 2018, a Child and Youth Abuse Prevention Program was formally adopted by the Good Shepherd congregation.  The program was recommended by the ELCA as well as Church Mutual, the Good Shepherd insurance company, and ratified by the Congregation Council.  Legal counsel was also consulted.

Abuse Prevention Program

 

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