Sunday School, for ages 3-5th grade, will begin September 20th at 10am. A completed Sunday School Registration form, which can be found in the PDF below, must be completed and submitted to the church office!
Sunday school will be held picnic style outdoors to maintain social distance while worship is outdoors. Since the service is currently shortened with no children's sermon, the children will go right into Sunday School upon arrival to church. If weather results in worship online only, Sunday school will not be held that week and instead the lesson emailed out in advance can be completed at home with your children. If any member of your family is not feeling well, please all stay home and use the e-mailed lesson with your children. We will provide additional guidelines and information when the worship service moves indoors.
In order to provide a safe environment for our Sunday School students, we will have the following requirements in place for outdoor Sunday school:
Masks must be worn at all times.
A parent (or parent-appointed adult) will need to be present in Sunday school for any children 5 and under.
A family provided blanket or sheet for the family to sit on outdoors.
The family Sunday School Kit (provided at Rally Day) should return with the students each Sunday.
The Sunday School Kits, to be given out on Rally Day, will contain basic supplies for the family for Sunday school and the Spark Storybible that we use for our lessons. This kit must return each week for use during classes so children are only sharing supplies with their family members. At-home lessons will also utilize the kit.
We understand that some families may not feel comfortable with gathering together for Sunday School, either indoors or outdoors. We respect that family decision. We will continue to email out the Sunday School lesson each week and encourage you to do the lesson at home with your children.
1st Communion and Confirmation Classes - These classes will be held remotely via zoom. Please contact the church office for more information
Seven of our youth were confirmed on Reformation Sunday.
As part of their preparation they wrote essays on what confirmation means to them. We would like to share some of their reflections: The students have formed deep friendships with their classmates as well as older teens. They describe our congregation as a place where everyone is “sweet, friendly, supportive, and understanding.” Relationships are very important, but they have also drawn theological conclusions from listening and learning. They can articulate their faith, for example, “God is able to work miracles in our lives, he can protect and heal us and provide for our needs.” “Faith can hold the pieces of your life together when it feels like it is falling apart.” And, “[Our] belief system will help you through tough obstacles that life will throw at you.”
They instinctively understand stewardship and they not only appreciate what has been done for them, but they are happy that they are mature enough now to be asked to help and they are ready to accept adult responsibilities. They also understand who we are as the people of God at Calvary “Many people at Calvary have different beliefs about different things but our beliefs as Lutherans are what brings us together into one big happy family.”
We are so proud that they are carrying on the legacy that was passed on to us by Martin Luther, Philip Melanchthon and other reformers, and all the generations of saints who have gone before us in the church. We will continue as role models for them, but we also acknowledge that they are role models for us!