But GROW in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
To him be glory both now and forever! Amen. (2 Peter 3:18)
We are continually formed in faith through the Holy Spirit. Faith formation at Saint Mark’s includes worship, Sunday school and confirmation, bible studies, and fellowship times for all ages, as well as the work of small groups, mission teams, and committees.
Sunday School: Age 3 to Grade 4
Sunday school with children ages 3 through 4th grade offers children a welcoming experience of St. Mark’s as a people and a place for God’s grace as they grow and learn in faith and discipleship.
Sunday school is offered September to June from 9:45 until 10:45. Children take part in age-grouped rooms in the Children’s Faith Center (lower parking lot), using the Spark Activate Faith curriculum and Spark Bibles and Bible-story books. Music, serving and sharing, and communion are all part of the Sunday school experience with children.
Sunday school begins each September with a blessing for all children and a milestone marker event for beginning preschoolers and their parents.
Contact: Char Leone email@example.com for more information.
Sunday School Registration: Click here fill out the 2015-16 registration form.
Preschool Sunday Faith Formation Information: Click here.
Throughout the year!
In addition to Sunday mornings, St. Mark’s offers families special activities on weeknights and throughout the year to learn, serve, and grow in faith:
Holy Moly! Midweek Bible Fun, Ages 5-8
Wednesday Church Nights include this time for kids to gather for fun Bible-centered learning and activities. Kids gather from 6:15 – 7:15 p.m. Hosted and facilitated by Char Leone, Children’s faith formation coordinator.
“Markers and Blessings,” Preschool -5th grade
A child’s faith journey is filled with times along the way where we recognize and bless the moment and the child, create open spaces for loving conversation across generations, and provide resources and encouragement for families as we walk together in the promises of baptism.
3 year olds + parents: ENTERING SUNDAY SCHOOL WITH A FOCUS ON PRAYER. WORSHIP. AND LEARNING – Sunday September 27, 2015, 9:45 a.m. – Helping children know that faith is a family affair, at home and at church. Children will make prayer booklets and a small altar box.
4 year olds (and early elementary) + parents: GATHERING AROUND CHRIST’S TABLE – Sunday, October 11, 2015, 9:45 a.m. – Learning more about holy communion with a pastor, and make bread too!
1st grade + parents: THE LORD’S PRAYER – Sunday, January 24, 2016, 9:45 a.m. – Growing in relationship with God through prayer. Create a prayer cube to practice praying the way Jesus taught us.
3rd grade + parents: RECEIVING A BIBLE AND EXPLORING THE BIBLE TOGETHER – Palm Sunday, March 20, 9:45 Worship Service and 11:00 Learning Event – Learning to navigate your new Spark NRSV Bible and sharing stories of faith.
5th grade + parents: CREATED IN GOD’S IMAGE – Trinity Sunday, May 22, 2016, 9:45 a.m. Exploring what it means to be “made in the image of God” and what that means for you as you are growing as a young person and moving into middle school grades. Create a unique mosaic glass tile mirror to take home.
Sacrament Instruction in Baptism or Communion
Baptism: Contact a pastor for individual baptism preparation
Communion: ( Please download a description here.) A special communion instruction for kids in preschool and early elementary is planned. A pastor leads the discussion and bread-baking is part of the children’s experience.
VBS takes place the first full week in August. Children who are 4 years old through those entering 5th grade attend from throughout the community. All are welcome for this special week of lots of fun theme-related activity. Click here for more information.
Children learn and tell the nativity story in creative and engaging ways as preschool ages and elementary ages host this program event in mid-December complete with a potluck meal!
The 2015 Christmas Program will take place December 13th. Please see the weekly Bridge for information and updates.
For Children’s Music opportunities, see Worship & Music section or click here
Seasonal and Cross-Generational Opportunities
It isn’t too late to sign up for Summer Camp at Lutherhaven in Coeur d’Alene, ID. Grades 4-6th (2014-2015 school year) will be attending August 9-14, 2015. For more information, contact Ingelaurie Lisher.
Many events and activities are planned by various ministry groups throughout the year that nurture your child’s faith by learning, serving, and growing with the community of faith. Children’s Faith Formation at St. Mark’s involves families and community together in faith in both formal and informal ways. We recognize the diversity of families and family life and welcome all to see how St. Mark’s is a people and place for God’s grace for all ages.
The Children and Youth Faith Formation Committee engages in the formation of disciples by providing opportunities for children, youth and their families to be nurtured by God’s word and to engage in activities and worship that will encourage Christian growth. It shall invite, equip and support members for faith formation leadership and make use of appropriate materials in accordance with this congregation’s confession of faith.
Team Teachers needed for 2015-16 Sunday School! Do you think God is nudging you to teach and nurture children in faith this year? Please find out more from Char Leone, Children’s Faith Formation Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org, or review the “Invitation to the Ministry of Teaching” packet.