Our mission in Children, Youth and Family Ministry is to share the love of Jesus by becoming partners with you in Faith Formation. As Lutherans, we believe that we are saved by God’s grace through Spirit-given faith for a life of good works. We model this in Sunday School and Youth Group through our actions and outreach. The Children, Youth and Family Ministry is an important area of ANY church and we strive to welcome, encourage and support all children, youth and families.
At Our Savior’s we like to celebrate some of the important times, called Milestones, with our families. Listed are some of the Milestones we celebrate:
- Back to School Blessing
- Bible Presentations
- First Communion
- Affirmation of Baptism
- High School Graduation
One of the promises made in Baptism is to place the scriptures into the hands of your child. Our Savior’s partners with parents to fulfill this promise. We provide an opportunity to learn about the Bible with your child in a group setting and then present your child with his or her own Bible in a special presentation during worship. Bibles are presented when a child begins Kindergarten, Third Grade and Affirmation Classes
Back to School Blessing
The start of the school year is an exciting and sometimes scary time. We at OSLC like to remind all our students, from Pre-K through Graduate school, and teachers also, that Jesus is with them always.
High School Graduation
High School Graduation is an important milestone that serves as a gateway to adulthood. We celebrate and recognize our graduates with a blessing and they are presented with a quilt made by the quilters of Our Savior’s.
Baptism is the first of the two Holy Sacraments recognized by the Lutheran faith. When a family brings a child to be baptized, the child becomes a part of a larger family, the body of Christ. That larger family, the church, parents and God-parents / sponsors promise to pray and assist in raising the child to become a mature Christian adult. The child will receive a Faith Chest, a First Bible, a candle, a napkin and a certificate.
OSLC also welcomes other youth and adults to receive this Holy Sacrament.
The second of the two Holy Sacraments is Holy Communion. First Communion is held on Maundy Thursday or Easter Sunday. Preparation Class for Holy Communion is held on the Saturday two weeks prior to Easter Sunday. Instruction consists of the children, along with at least one parent, attending the class on the meaning of the Holy Sacrament.
Confirmation and Affirmation of Baptism
While Confirmation is a Lutheran Rite of Passage, it is more importantly a chance for young people to affirm as their own, the covenant made with them in baptism and to commit themselves to a life of discipleship. Confirmation is a two year program of instruction, normally taught to 7th and 8th grade students. Confirmation is taught by the Pastors. The Rite of Confirmation/ Affirmation of Baptism is normally held on Reformation Sunday, October 31, or the nearest Sunday.
At OSLC, we have a four-pronged program for our youth in grades 7-12. We incorporate worship, education, service and fellowship to form a well-rounded faith formation experience.
Youth are invited to attend Youth Sunday School where they discuss the Bible and how it is relevant in their life today. Students are also encouraged to be servant leaders in our Children’s Rotational Sunday School Program, assist in our Nursery or participate in worship service by reading, ushering or serving as an acolyte.
The third Sunday of the month, following the 10:30am worship service, the youth will meet off-site for service or fellowship.
Our Junior High Students attend Lutheran Campfirmation and our High School Students attend the ELCA Youth Gathering every three years.
Each Summer OSLC Hosts Vacation Bible School. VBS is a week-long FUN and EXCITING way for children to experience God’s unconditional LOVE and GRACE. There is singing and dancing, arts and crafts, Bible adventures, scientific exploration, games! Because of congregational generosity, we offer our FREE VBS program in the evening and provide a kid-friendly dinner.
The OSLC Nursery provides a safe and clean environment for parents to take their infants and toddlers. The nursery has a speaker system that allows an opportunity to listen and participate in worship while attending to your child(ren). Nursery attendants are NOT provided.