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 middle part of the 10:00am Sunday worship service we hold a "Bible Blast" Sunday School time for the younger members of our congregation. This year we are holding Bible Blast on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month, using a modified Godly Play curriculum to work with children from preschool ages through 5th grade.
Children rejoin the congregation during the offering time, and participate fully in the communion meal with their families.
Newcomers and visitors are welcome at all times!
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 on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month, during the middle portion of the 10am worship service.
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.
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.
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!”