Grace holds classes in preparation for affirmation of baptism (confirmation) for youth in grades 6-8. The classes, which are taught by pastors and lay leaders, generally start in September and conclude at the start of Lent. They are held on Wednesday evenings. Confirmation occurs on Reformation Sunday in grade 9.
Graces uses the curriculum, Here We Stand, published by Augsburg Fortress, as the basis for instruction. It encourages students to deepen their faith through intentional study of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) and New Testament, Luther's Small Catechism, and Lutheran church history. A typical class combines a presentation of a particular topic to all youth followed by discussion in small groups organized by grade.
The program also includes opportunities for:
- Worship reflection (sermon notes)
- Participation in worship as an acolyte and in other ways. Youth acolyte between 8 and 10 times a year.
- Fellowship through youth group activities
- The experience of living in Christian community by attending confirmation camp at Lutheran Lakeside, usually in the year following grade 8.
Parents receive support of their efforts to nurture their youth’s faith development through the use of supplementary take-home materials.
Sunday School classes are available for 3 year olds through senior high. Classes run from mid September to mid May. Highlights of the year include several service projects, monthly visits to our library for Bible stories, Bible presentations to our third grade youth, a Christmas program, and intergenerational events.
We offer several opportunities to study and discuss the Scriptures. Tuesday morning at 8:45, a lively group gathers to participate in Bible study led by
the pastor. Bible study is also offered on Tuesday evenings at 6 p.m. in Esperanza Chapel. Lectionary study is held Wednesday nights from early fall until the beginning of Lent. The Sunday morning education hour often includes Bible study or guest speakers on a variety of topics.
The Grace Lutheran Church Library is open to all members of the congregation. It is a spacious, comfortable and inviting space to read, study, meditate, and browse the many shelves of books for all ages. Books and other materials may be checked out for four weeks. Storytimes for small children are offered regularly. The room also serves as a meeting place for small groups.
Our elementary youth are welcome to attend this Wednesday night program during the school year (some activities suspended during Lent). This evening offers children a second opportunity during the week to learn about Bible stories, do crafts, and play games in the gym. Musical groups rehearse and supper is provided. Special activities are offered for children 3-5 years old.