Education and Programs for Kids and Youth

Sunday School For 2019-2020

We're excited about another year to grow together in our faith as beloved children of God. Our Education Committee and Sunday School teachers are here to meet the needs of the children and our families. Faith is formed in the home and refined when we worship and learn together! Sunday School is one way we share Jesus and help our kids share Jesus each and every day

Sunday School Meets Twice a Month. Here's how Sunday works on those days:
Contemporary Worship 9 am 
(we'll introduce our lesson for the day!)
Sunday School Instruction 9:45 am to 10:30 am (classes, teaching, crafts, song, and more!)
We're planning to spend the year highlighting different ways of giving back to the community this year and excited to support the Tri-Boro Food Pantry located in Park Ridge.

What we learn in Sunday School will begin in our 9am Contemporary Worship. After we celebrate Communion, we'll bless our students, setting the tone for the lessons that follow. Each class will explore what they heard and what these stories mean to them. We're no longer trying to make Sunday School fit between our two services. Instead, Sunday School will meet for 45 minutes, filled with crafts, lessons, and music.  

Class Calendar 
February 23
March 8
March 22


Who can attend? 
We have currently have three classes. Our Pre-K group starts at age 2. We invite parents to join their kids in that class. Our Younger Elementary Age Class meets for K/1st. Our Older Elementary Class has kids from 2nd grade through 6th. 



Confirmation for 7th/8th graders


What Is Confirmation?

Confirmation is an educational ministry helping the baptized young person participate more fully in their Christian life. In a community of support and acceptance shared with the pastor, volunteers, peers, Confirmation help the young person identify with the church and their own faith. We worship, learn, study, serve, and grow! The two year program is a commitment to walk with the Holy Spirit as we learn that faith isn’t a destination but a journey with Jesus. The culmination of our time together is a public profession of faith called “Affirmation of Baptism.” In preparation for this public statement of faith, students spend time together in Confirmation classes, service projects, and time together. 

Confirmation is more than a membership class; we become members of God’s family and the Church in Holy Baptism. Confirmation is rooted in the theological, testifying to our lived human experiences where the Spirit is identified, named, and shared. Confirmation is an opportunity to say “YES!” to spirituality, faith, and to God’s grace-filled acts which have already been done on our behalf. 

Some quick highlights for 2019-2020!
1) We're partnering with Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Old Tappan. Pastor John Holliday from PoP and Pastor Marc will co-lead our combined classes.
2) Classes meet Sunday night 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm (unless noted)
3) First Class is Sunday, September 22 (Orientation). We invite parents to attend if they are able. 
4) Confirmation for 2020 will be Pentecost, Sunday May 30. 

CONFIRMATION SCHEDULE FOR 2018-2019: Making Faith Ours - The Small Cathecism

Classes meet on Sunday night from 6:30pm to 7:45pm unless otherwise noted. 

September 22 
October 6
October 27
November 3
November 17
November 24 - Interfaith Thanksgiving Worship  
December 8
December 15
January 5
January 19
February 9
February 23
March 8
March 15 - Trip to the Cloisters in the Afternoon
March 22
April 5
April 26
May 17 
May 30 - Confirmation during worship!


Youth Group: Programs for High School Kids


We're sending youth to the ELCA Youth Gathering Minneapolis in 2021. Over 30,000 youths from all over the country will attend. It is an amazing experience that you won't want to miss. All who will be in high school in 2021 (including rising freshmen and those who just graduated) will be able to attend. 



Vacation Bible School

Each summer we host a Vacation Bible School at the church. In 2019, our theme was To Mars and Beyond! Check out more information about that program here.