Education

First Church’s Sunday School meets between the Sunday services from 9:45am – 10:45am, starting with an opening for all ages in Holy Cross Hall.  There are classes for preschool children through adults, and the nursery is staffed and open to children age two and under.

Children and Youth

Christian education classes for children in preschool through high school are held on Sundays beginning at 9:45am. Our preschool and kindergarten class engages in spiritual formation through Godly Play, a method of biblical storytelling and the teaching of religious language based on the Montessori approach to education. Our elementary classes use Augsburg Fortress’ lectionary-based curriculum, Spark.  Our confirmation students, who are usually in seventh through eighth grade, participate in a two-year cycle of classes focusing on Luther’s Small Catechism and the Bible.  And our senior high class engages in Bible studies, book discussions and theme-based series.

Our Sunday Church School year is also filled with other learning opportunities for our children and young people, including inter-generational events during Advent and Lent and special programs, such as our parish’s celebration of St. Nicholas Day or our occasional congregational musical.

In addition to the Sunday Church School hour, Christian education occurs in various settings within our parish life. Children and young people are invited to participate in the larger life of the Church, including in worship as lectors, ushers, greeters, and in the children’s and youth choirs. They are also encouraged to participate in leadership roles, such as youth group officers and representatives to the Youth Ministry Committee and Congregational Council.

Adults

Christian education classes for adults are held on Sunday beginning at 9:45am. Topics include theological ideas, spirituality, Bible study, the liturgy, Church history, the history of First Lutheran Church, hymnology, art in the Church, etc. The classes are taught by both pastors and lay people. Particular suggestions for adult education are welcome and can be submitted to the Director of Christian Education.