Our children and youth program is based on the church-wide strategic plan. Much time, collaboration, and thought was put into the direction of this ministry. Children and youth activities and pursuits are weighed with this objective in mind:
Nurture spiritual practices in the faith formation of children that will carry over into other settings and into adulthood.
What does this mean?
This objective focuses on fostering awareness of the holy, reverence for God, and love of neighbor in your people. Although we do not have a large number of children and youth, we want the children and teens who are here to feel support from adults and a solid connection to their congregation, we want to increase the exposure of LCGS to the community as a place that welcomes young families and children.
What would success look like?
A spiritual practice can be any activity of worship, prayer, study, fellowship, or service. When the church values children’s contributions, it can overcome a tendency for youth to abandon their spiritual practices as they grow up. Success may be best defined as children initiating spiritual practice in childhood and into adulthood at home, school, in the community, and in church.
Examples of Projects in this area:
Godly Play implemented August 2019: Children have the innate sense of the presence of God; this curriculum allows children to explore their faith through story and enhance their spiritual experience by engaging their sense of wonder.
Learning different methods of prayer such as centering, coloring, singing and prayer labyrinths with time built into curriculum for practice of these methods.
Continuing music instruction with the minister of music: singing and learning music introduces children to the spiritual practices of worship and prayer.
Planning and engaging in community service projects as we foster the spiritual practices of serving and giving.
Holding inter-generational events as we foster community and provide youth the opportunity to learn from those who have journeyed in faith formation ahead of them.
Children will continue to assist in the worship service and church events as they learn the importance of fellowship and communal worship.
In 2019, the Education Committee will nurture the spiritual practices of children through (1) telling Scriptures stories with an interactive approach,(2) practicing different forms of prayer, and (3) creating opportunities to serve others.