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

Meets every Sunday from 9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. (begins mid-September)
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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: Celesta Smith sundayschool@smlutheran.org for more information.

Sunday School Registration: Click here fill out the 2016-17 registration form.

 

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 – 7:00 p.m. Hosted and facilitated by Ingelaurie Lisher, Director of Children Youth and Family Ministry

“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.

 

1st grade + parents:   THE LORD’S PRAYER – Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017 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, April 9, 2017 at the 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 –June 4 2017, 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.

Vacation Bible School

July 31-August4, 2017.  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. 

Christmas Program

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 2017 Christmas Program will take place in Mid-December.  Please see the weekly Bridge for information and updates.  

Children’s Music

For Children’s Music opportunities, see Worship & Music section or click here

Seasonal and Cross-Generational  Opportunities

Summer Camp

Summer Camp for grades 4-5th completed in 2017. July 16-21 (travel dates July 15 and 22).  Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp, MT–see youth board or contact Ingelaurie Lisher for more information.

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.

 

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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 2016-17 Sunday School! Do you think God is nudging you to teach and nurture children in faith this year? Please find out more from Celesta Smith, Sunday School Coordinator at sundayschool@smlutheran.org, or review the “Invitation to the Ministry of Teaching” packet.