Christian education for all ages

Sunday Christian Formation for Children

Our youngest members are a gift to the faith community at Augustana, and as such we strive to provide them with a safe and challenging learning environment in our Sunday school. During the school year, Sunday School for elementary school children meets in the Chapel. Children are dismissed from worship after the Gospel and return before Communion. A rotating team of teachers (mostly the parents of children) leads the class.

Confirmation

As our young people move toward adulthood, their identities as young Christians begin to change, and they often have questions and concerns about the Christian faith and Lutheranism in particular. Augustana’s confirmation program plays a crucial role during this time of life, providing teens with opportunities to learn and discuss the basics of the faith we share. Under the direction of the pastor and a group of volunteer mentors, the confirmation program meets one Saturday per month for a day of instruction and interaction.

Adult forum

For more than 20 years, the adult forum has provided an opportunity for members to learn about and discuss issues critical to our lives as faithful people of God. While primarily organized as a Bible study group, the adult forum has also focused on the topics of spirituality, social concerns, and the activities of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in the wider society. The group meets Sundays from September to June at 9:15 a.m. (prior to morning worship) in the library in the upstairs part of the church.

Nursery

Child care for children from newborn to to age 5 is provided during Sunday morning worship (up to 12:30) and special events in Augustana’s nursery upstairs in the office wing of the church next to the library. Staffed by a trained attendant, the nursery program also includes age-appropriate Christian formation activities, and an invitation to join the older children in chapel.

Other activities

Other activities sponsored and coordinated by the Christian-education committee have included:

  • promotion of and financial support for ELCA summer camp programs (Mar-Lu-Ridge, Caroline Furnace)
  • congregational retreats
  • Sunday School picnics and other outings

The Christian-education committee

The committee is tasked with initiating, organizing, and promoting the educational activities at Augustana. Through these activities, all members at all age levels (pre-school to adult) are provided opportunities for faith formation, spiritual growth, and an understanding of the history, doctrines, and mission of the Christian faith and the Lutheran Church.

For further information about Christian-education programs, contact the chair of the committee, Bob Luoma.