Sunday Christian Formation for Children and Families
Faith formation is a lifelong process that begins with our youngest children. Each Sunday, families with children are invited to join our Faith Formation director in the chapel at 10:00 am for learning and fun for the whole family. During worship, younger children are led out after the Prayer of the Day for their own experience of the Word through learning and prayer in the chapel, returning in time to share the peace in the “big” service. Tweens (older elementary children) have their own Sunday School class after they receive communion. Children’s Chapel and Sunday School take place in the chapel.
As our young people move toward adulthood, the time comes for them to deepen their understanding of the promises that were made to them in baptism. Confirmation, or Affirmation of Baptism, provides an opportunity for youth to say “yes” to those promises, after first engaging in a significant experience of educational formation in the faith. Augustana’s confirmation program is led by the pastor, and provides a space for youth to ask questions, read major portions of the bible, and learn the basics of the Lutheran faith through a study of the Small Catechism.
For more than 25 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 our denomination, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, in the nation and world. 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.
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 in the lower level of the church. Staffed by a trained attendant, the nursery program also includes a short, age-appropriate Sunday school lesson for children led by a parent volunteer.
Other activities sponsored and coordinated by the Christian-education committee include:
- 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.