At baptism, we welcome the newly baptized “into the body of Christ and into the mission we share,” asking that person to “join us in giving thanks and praise to God and bearing God’s creative and redeeming word to all the world.” As such, everyone – including the youngest of children – is welcome to participate in the life and ministry of the congregation. We have several opportunities specifically for young people:
Cradle Roll– We support families who are raising children ages 0-3 years of age with materials to help them process their faith together in age-appropriate ways. Lorine Timmermann coordinates our cradle roll.
Sunday School – Preschool through elementary aged young people are invited to come at 9:30 on Sunday morning for a multi-age lesson tied in to the themes of the day. This includes a Bible story and a variety of ways to actively engage that story at an age-appropriate level. Liz Larson coordinates our elementary Sunday School. We currently have two classrooms, one for preschool through early elementary and another for upper elementary and early middle school.
During Worship – We encourage all children to join us in worship. In addition to a brief Children’s Sermon, we provide Children’s bulletins for younger kids. We encourage parents to sit with their kids in a place where their children can see what is happening. For those who desire it, there is staffed child care available every Sunday during worship (the child care area is located downstairs below the sanctuary).
Serving the church community – Children are always welcome to participate in church ministries including (but not limited to) music or reading in worship, acolyting (candle lighting), service projects, and fellowship events.
Special events – Immanuel’s young people of all ages participate in several special projects during the year: In the weeks leading up to Christmas, the children prepare a Christmas program to share the Christmas story with the community. Throughout the year, the children both individually and together initiate and lead service projects.
Older youth – Those in grades 6-9 are encouraged to participate in a focused period of instruction in preparation for affirmation of baptism (more info here). Contact Pastor for more information.