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

For Fall 2020, beginning October 4th:

Ages 3 – Kinder Age (5/6)

“Children’s Storytime:  God’s Stories and Ours”

Pre-recorded video storytelling by a storytellers from our faith community.  Preschoolers and kinder-age children, along with their caring grown-up at home, will listen to video-taped stories this fall about Old Testament figures like Moses, Deborah, Esther, Daniel, David, and more!  The videos will follow a format of SHARE (highs and lows); READ (the Bible story); TALK (connecting the Bible story to life); PRAY (an echo prayer); and BLESS (share a blessing led by the storyteller).  This format is called FAITH 5.

Posted weekly on Sundays by 4pm on our website page here.  View as convenient for your child and you!

St. Mark’s 3-year children are presented with a WHIRL Storybook Bible when they newly register for Sunday school, as part of their “Starting a New Adventure in Jesus’ Love” milestone (formerly Beginning Sunday School).  See Sunday School Registration link below.

 

Ages 1st Grade – 4th Grade

Bi-Monthly Pre-Recorded Video including the following format:

  • Opening Welcome and intro to story
  • Story read from Bible
  • Questions for sharing at home
  • Song and Prayer
  • Activity

Posted on Sundays, 10/4, 10/18/, 11/1, 11/15, 11/29, and 12/13

Listen as convenient for your family!

Bi-Monthly Zoom session on Sundays from 9:00 – 9:45.

  • Welcome and Check in
  • Breakout groups by grade to share story, conversation, and activities.
  • Large group closing with (pre-recorded) singing and also a prayer

Scheduled for 10/11, 10/25, 11/8, 11/22, 12/6, 12/20

Contact Char Leone to register for the Zoom link.

Contact: Char Leone, Interim Sunday Morning Coordinator for Children’s Faith Formation at sundayschool@smlutheran.org for more information or children’s start-up packet.

IF NEW TO CHILDREN’S FAITH FORMATION AT ST. MARK’S, PLEASE COMPLETE ONLINE REGISTRATION:

Online Children’s Faith Formation Registration


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  Storytellers and breakout leaders.  Contact Char Leone to help with any age group:  sundayschool@smlutheran.org


“Markers and Blessings,” Preschool–4th grade

A child’s faith journey is filled with times along the way where we recognize and bless the moment and the child, create sacred spaces for loving conversation across generations, and provide resources and encouragement for families as we walk together in the promises and gifts of baptism.

3-year olds and parent/s:  STARTING A NEW ADVENTURE IN JESUS’ LOVE

Helping children know that faith is a family affair, lived our daily and with worshipping community.  Children are gifted with a WHIRL StoryBible.

Early elementary and parent/s:  GATHERING AROUND CHRIST’S TABLE.

Learning more about holy communion with a rostered leader from our church.

1st Grade and parent/s:  THE LORD’S PRAYER.

Growing in relationship with God through prayer.  Create a prayer cube to practice praying the way Jesus taught us.

3rd Grade and parent/s:  RECEIVING A BIBLE AND EXPLORING THE BIBLE TOGETHER.

Children are gifted with an NRSV Bible and learn to navigate using it and sharing stories of faith.

Information for Milestones for 2020-21 will be provided in parent communications as we go through the year.

Sacrament Instruction in Baptism or Communion

Baptism: Contact a pastor for individual baptism preparation

Communion: 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

Whether just a week or weekly all summer long, watch for information to be posted in the Spring about St. Mark’s VBS.   Last summer’s Virtual VBS “Fruit of the Spirit” is available for viewing.  Limited number of activity bags are still available and can be picked up by contacting sundayschool@smlutheran.org

CLICK HERE TO ENJOY  “FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT” Virtual VBS FROM SUMMER 2020!

Advent and Christmas

Information Forthcoming

Children’s Music

For Children’s Music opportunities, see the Worship & Music page.


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.