We love kids!

Being creative, interacting, learning how to love God and each other, and making a difference in the world around us.  It is our heart to create an environment where kids feel safe, to have fun, to grow in their relationship with Jesus, and to celebrate the unique individual God has created them to be.  Whether on Sunday mornings or Wednesday evenings, children will experience God’s love through relationships, activities, and creative Bible stories.

Sunday Mornings

Sunday School, 10-10:50 am: Programming runs September 10 – May 20. 

Sunday School will occur weekly with the exception of these dates: Oct 22 (MEA Break), Nov 26 (Thanksgiving Break), Dec 24 +31 (Christmas Break), Feb 18 (Spring Break), April 1 +8 (Easter
Break)

Fall Events: 

“Welcome to Sunday School”: Sept. 9 @ 10:00-11:00am: 3 year olds starting Sunday school
Sunday School Open House: Sept. 10th @ 10:00-10:50am: 3 year olds – 5th grade
Backpack Blessing: Sept. 10th in all Worship Services: All Ages in School

Milestones

Kindergarten – Kindergarten Devotional: February 11, 10:00 am. Kindergarteners receive a special devotional during the worship services. Then during the 10am education hour kindergarten students and their families are invited to a special family event in the Worship Center.

Three Year Old – “Welcome to Sunday School”: September 9, 10-11 am, Room 8a and 8b. We want to make the transition as easy as possible for the start of Sunday School. Come see the preschool rooms, meet teachers, have a snack, ask questions, and receive a Bible too! Come when you are able and stay for as long as you like!

Third Grade – Third Grade Bible: January 21, 10:00 am. Third graders receive a Hands on Bible during the worship services. During the 10am education hour, third grade students and their families are invited to an “Introduction to the Bible” event in the Worship Center.

Fifth Grade – Communion Celebration: March 11 & 18 @ 10am, March 25 @ worship service of choice.
Students and parents join together for three weeks in diving deeper in the understanding of communion as a special meal. Pastor Dave will lead the teaching portion on the first two weeks and families can choose their worship service (Legacy, Epic, or Living Waters) on March 25th for a special family communion highlight.

Christmas Program

Dec 10th, 4pm in the Sanctuary. 3 year olds – 5th grade can participate. Please join us as we explore through the eyes of a child what the birth of our Savior may have looked like. Practices: Sundays from October 15 through December 2, 2017 from 12-2pm. Lunch is provided!

Baptism

Baptism is an important milestone for kids. We baptize lots of babies, but we baptize youth and adults too! All who are interested in learning about baptism are asked to attend a Baptism Class one Sunday morning. This is a time for parents to learn about the promises made at baptism, to come with questions, and to reflect on their own faith journey. The impact parents have on their child’s faith and the details of baptism at Gloria Dei will be discussed. Classes are held at 10:00 am in Room 10 one Sunday per month. Sign up online. Call the church office if you have questions (507-289-1841).

Vacation Bible School

Monday, June 18 to Thursday, June 21, 2018

All friends who are age 4 by September 1, 2018 – those entering 5th grade in the fall are invited to join us for our annual VBS week at Gloria Dei. Online registration will be available in the spring. Space is limited, so register early! For questions or if you would like to volunteer during this fantastic week of fun please contact the church office.