“Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.’” ~ Matthew 19:4
Children are an integral part of Our Savior’s. We are here to be partners with you in the faith formation of your children.
Early Childhood Ministry at Our Savior’s
Our Little Lambs Nursery is one of the first places that parents and children experience not only the hospitality of our congregation but also our faith. These first experiences at church are formative and essential. Therefore, we strive to provide an atmosphere in our nursery that will encourage and nurture the children and faith of the families.
During the 9:00 am Sunday worship, our Little Lambs Nursery is open to children ages 0-3 yrs old. Shepherd’s Staff provide a time for Free Play for toddlers and Tummy Time for infants, and escort the children to the sanctuary for a special blessing during Communion. Children in the nursery also participate in the Littlest Lutherans, which is a type of “children’s church” open to infants through 2nd Graders, during the adult sermon. Participants engage in an age-appropriate Bible story, Circle Time discussion, songs, games, puppetry and crafts for 15-20 minutes and then return to the Sanctuary (unless your child is already checked into the nursery).
Little Lambs Cry Room: We encourage families to worship with their little ones, but understand that young children like to move and make joyful noises. Therefore, our Little Lambs Cry Room, above the Sanctuary space, is also available and allows families to worship together where young children can move about and play with toys or look at books, while their caregivers listen and view the service over our speaker system and viewing area. Please ask an usher for directions to this space.
Parenting Classes and Socials: The Early Childhood Ministry also offers opportunities for parenting classes and quarterly P.A.L.S. (Parents And Lambs Socials). Please see the EveryOne Pages (Sunday worship bulletin) and monthly Good Word Newsletter for more information on upcoming events and classes!
Children’s Faith Formation at Our Savior’s
L.A.M.B.S. Time (Sundays, 10am-10:50am, September-June): Children who are ages 0-3 yrs old, can participate in Learning About My Blessed Savior Time in the Little Lambs Nursery, which is an early childhood faith formation class. Here, infants and young children learn Bible stories using action songs, hand puppets, and picture books read to them. A basic craft encourages play with textures, development of fine motor skills, and hand-eye coordination. Our age-appropriate, faith-based curriculum is sung with the children, and encourages brain development, music appreciation, self-awareness and cooperation skills. We round out our time together by participating in quarterly age-appropriate service projects to help develop compassion towards others and our world.
Sunday School for Preschool through 5th Grade (Sundays, 10am-10:50am, September-June): Children spend time learning a Bible-based lesson that reflects the text of the day. Music Time with the Worship Band, crafts, and other activities are a fun part of this developmental and spiritual learning environment. Parents/guardians are expected to stay on campus while their students are attending Sunday School, and are asked to pick-up their student directly from the classroom, since children will not be dismissed without a parent/guardian checking them out.
Programs and Events for Children at Our Savior’s:
- Littlest Lutherans (pre-readers) offered during the adult sermon at the 9:30 am worship September – thru May during the 9:00 am worship
- L.A.M.B.S. Time (infants-3 yr olds) and Sunday School (PreK-5th grade) offered throughout the academic year at 10am
Throughout the Year: Events will be broadcast via Flyers, mailings, the Sunday bulletin, and FaceBook.
Harvest Bash: October (infants – 5th grade)
Advent Fair: November (EveryOne!)
Parent’s Night Out: December (infants – 5th grade)
Ice Skating for All: January (EveryOne!)
Easter Egg Hunt: on Easter morning (infants-5th)
Family Swimming Day: June (EveryOne!)
Summer Vacation Bible School: July 23-26, 9:00 am-noon VBS 2018 Registration Form