Children and Youth
During worship service each Sunday, we have a Children’s Sermon that focuses on an important topic from the week's biblical scripture. Children are engaged in an interactive and welcoming format. Leaders of this special children's time vary and include: ministers within the congregation, our Pastor, our Music Director, and our Children and Youth Director.
During the 10:00am Sunday worship service two Sunday School Classes are offered:
Early Elementary Children (Preschool - Grade 3)
Older Elementary (Grades 4-6)
Following the Children’s Sermon during worship service, children are escorted to classrooms for an age appropriate discussion and activity centered around of one of the day’s biblical lessons. Children rejoin the congregation during the offering time, and participate fully in the communion meal with their families.
Bible Blast is currently offered on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Sundays of each month. Newcomers and visitors are welcome at all times!
We also host family events for children and youth, grades 8 and below, ranging from Sunday Fundays to outside activities like apple picking.
Contact Margaret Clinch, Director of Children and Youth Ministry, for more information.
The Sonshine Choir is open to all children ages three and up. Throughout the year we explore our faith, celebrate the seasons of the church year, and share the love of Jesus through song.
Rehearsals are held Sunday Mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
This enthusiastic group leads worship once a month during the fall, winter and spring months. Participants sing, move and play instruments to proclaim The Good News to the world.
For more information, contact: Elizabeth Beal, Sonshine Choir Director
As our youth mature, they are encouraged to affirm for themselves the promises their parents, sponsors, and congregation made for them when they were baptized. Confirmation class is a time where, along with our Pastor, youth explore their understanding of the scriptures and Luther’s catechism before making a personal confession and commitment to their faith. Confirmation class is currently held Monday evenings with Pastor Stefan Rickman, for youth starting in the 7th and 8th grade. For more information, please check out our Confirmation Page.
LCOS High School Age Youth Group meets on the third Sunday of each month from for food, fellowship, faith formation, fun, and service. All teens are welcome to attend. Please contact Margaret Clinch for more information on upcoming activities or events.
Contact Margaret Clinch, Director of Children and Youth Ministry, for more information. on upcoming activities or events.
ELCA Youth Gathering
Every three years, 30,000 high school youth and their adult leaders from across Evangelical Lutheran Church in America gather for a week of faith formation known as the ELCA Youth Gathering. Through days spent in interactive learning, worship, Bible study, service and fellowship, young people grow in faith and are challenged and inspired to live their faith in their daily lives.” --ELCA Youth Gathering Website.
This past summer, five of our youth and two brave adult leaders joined thousands of other Lutherans from across America in Houston Texas for Youth Gathering. They prayed, learned more about their faith, got to know other Lutheran teens, and did service work together, seeing the difference their faith had in the lives of all the participants.
Theresa Kern, an adult volunteer, wrote --
“I witnessed more than 31,000 reasons why we should believe in our youth of today, keeping faith that they will be great stewards of what we leave to them. I was brought to tears by their stories, their passion and their excitement for God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit and their Christian friends! I listened as they sang beautiful, silly, modern and classic songs of faith, hope, humanity and friendship. I watched as they served in various capacities within the communities of Houston, working in sweltering conditions without complaint. They wrote about their faith and experience, they talked about it, and they walked the walk!”
Plans are already in the works to join the next Youth Gathering: Minneapolis 2021!