Faith Formation with Children
There is nothing as important than helping nurture the faith of a child. Deuteronomy 6:4-9 emphasizes this point:
Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise. Bind them as a sign on your hand, fix them as an emblem on your forehead, and write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
What a wonderful model for ministry! As a church, it is our responsibility to nurture, strengthen and share the gift of faith with all children who enter First Lutheran’s doors. This responsibility requires more than just finding the right Sunday School curriculum and providing things for children to do. It requires us to learn and speak the language of faith, teach and model God’s grace and love, welcome others to join us on the journey of faith and provide the children with guidance, assurance, support and protection along the way.
First Lutheran is committed to providing ministries that nurture, sustain and encourage the development of faith for all children. Faith formation is a process that stretches from birth and continues throughout all of life. It is a process that requires God’s grace and depends on the forgiveness of sins. It is a process that is shaped by our connection with God’s word and is strengthened by a growing knowledge and understanding of the scriptures. It is a process that relies on the care and support of others and is reinforced by our relationships at home, at church and with the world around us.
At First Lutheran, we understand that faith is more "caught" than "taught;" more formed than learned. With parents and guardians as partners, we share the privilege and responsibility of helping children grow into a deep and thriving faith. We strive to help families experience faith practices in the home, speak comfortably in the language of faith and make active participation in the congregation a priority. Children have an active role in worship and are provided opportunities to use their God-given gifts in service to others. Our Sunday morning learning time--FaithTrek--is much more than simply Sunday School. It is an interactive, intergenerational experience that brings children into deep contact with both the stories of the Bible and of the adults they know here at First Lutheran.