At St. Peter’s we believe that Christian Education is a journey, not a destination. We strive to promote lifelong learning beginning at age 3 through adult, as described in the offerings below. Mid-week confirmation classes are held during the school year for 8th and 9th graders, while a nightly Vacation Bible School is offered one week in the summer for the children. Come get started on your journey!
SPARK Active Faith Children’s Program
We provide Christian Education and Faith Formation for children from age 3 (Pre-K) through 6th grade. Our program takes place on Sunday mornings during the 10:00 am service from September through May.
The Program provides eight workshop rotation options for each Bible story, covering both the Old and New Testaments. In this Augsburg Fortress model, kids spend several weeks on a Bible story and visit a different workshop each week in order to experience that same story from different perspectives.
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For kids in Kindergarten to Grade 6, each SPARK workshop rotation is focused on a rich Bible story or group of Bible stories about particular characters. Workshop rotations include Art, Bible Skills and Games, Computer Lab, Cooking, Creative Drama, Music, Science, and Video. Preschoolers experience an in-room rotation with Storytelling, Art, Snack, Music and Game stations.
Each 3-4 week Spark segment is then incorporated in a Family Service that takes place on the first Sunday of the month. The children in Pre-K 6th grade join their parents for the 10:00 am family service, and there are no SPARK workshops that Sunday. Nursery is still available for young children.
Recent parents' comments about our SPARK program:
“Just wanted to say thank you for the warm welcome on Sunday. My son really enjoyed himself and I did too. We will see you again (next) Sunday.”
“Not only did I enjoy (the service) but the girls have not stopped talking about the excitement in the lessons they learned during group!”
“Thank you so much for the warm embrace and making us feel like we are already a part of the St. Pete’s family.”
Vacation Bible School
Our Vacation Bible Schools are big, fun, and full of creative touches. They include a family meal, Bible lessons, crafts or science experiments, videos, and lots more. Skits and upbeat music are presented nightly which really get the children involved.
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Usually VBS takes place the third week of July, Sunday through Thursday nights during evening hours.
Here are some comments from parents whose children attended our VBS:
“This was our first year, and we’re absolutely amazed at how wonderful everything was. My girls applied the lessons and we had great family discussions.”
“I liked VBS because the themes were important lessons that we’d like to instill in our children. The staff was energetic, excited and friendly and the dinners were fantastic!! Thank you!!”
“I liked VBS because ... my son came home declaring “Jesus loves me!” This warms my heart!!”
Read about Teen Gatherings »
Sunday morning Teen Gathering time is from 9:00 until 10:00 am in the Youth Room before our second service. During this time, our teens gather for fellowship, faith formation and to plan youth activities and service projects. We have two groups: Grades 6-8 and grades 9-12. The gatherings are led by our youth team: Brian Brenfleck, Robin Alderfer and Jenn Bodolus.
Read about Adult Education »
Adult Education takes place in two different settings. Adult Forums are offered on various Sundays after the 8:30 a.m. worship service in the parlor (9:45 - 10:45 a.m.). Basic Sessions are offered monthly during the cooler season in one of our member's homes on Friday nights at 7:00 p.m.. Light food and drink are served on those occasions. See the current Adult Forum Schedule here for all of our exciting adult education events with many interesting topics! If you are interested to learn more, please contact .
First Holy Communion Classes
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First Holy Communion Classes are held in September and October for 4th graders or older children who did not yet receive Holy Communion instructions. Usually they consist of four sessions. First Holy Communion is celebrated on All Saints Sunday, the first Sunday of November. Children who receive their First Holy Communion have to be baptized first.
Read about Confirmation Classes »
Confirmation Classes are provided for 7th and 8th graders in a two-year program that starts in September of a given year and ends two years later in spring with a service of Confirmation or Affirmation of Faith. These sessions provide in-depth knowledge about the history of the church, the Bible, the Christian faith, Lutheran teachings and how it relates to everyday life. Sometimes older kids can join this group. Part of the confirmation journey is retreats, service projects, and involvement in church and fellowship youth gatherings.
View the March 2017 SPARK schedule here.
Download a copy of our Family Faith Formation brochure.