Faith Milestones are part of our Christian education program at Peace which involves children, youth and parents in partnership with Sunday School teachers, Confirmation leaders, the congregation, the Children, Youth and Family Ministry Director, the Senior Pastor, and staff.
At Peace, when a child is baptized, parents and sponsors, make baptism promises on behalf of their children to live among God’s faithful people, to bring them to the word of God and the holy supper, to teach them the Lord’s Prayer, the Creed, and the Ten Commandments, to place in their hands the holy scriptures, and nurture them in faith and prayer. The Faith Milestones Program helps your child develop a fundamental understanding of our faith. These milestones are celebrated together as an entire congregation as we nurture our children.
Congratulations on the birth of your child! Baptism into Christ and Christ’s church is a life-changing event for your child and your family. If you are interested in having your child baptized at Peace, please call the church office at 952-944-6510 to initially check date. You will then speak with Pastor Mark Nelson to finalize the date and service details. We ask that you complete our Baptism Information Form.
My Church Book (2 Year Olds)
Each year we present a mini-book to Peace’s 2 year olds acquainting them with Peace. The book has pictures of the Sanctuary, Peace staff, the Nursery school, and so on to help them learn about Peace and the going to church experience.
Bibles (Toddlers and 3rd Graders)
Each fall, we present a gift of an age-appropriate Spark Story Bible to toddlers and a Spark Bible to 3rd Graders. Upon Confirmation, confirmands are presented adult Bibles to continue their faith journey. Bibles are an essential tool used in Sunday School classes.
The Lord’s Prayer (Kindergartners)
The Lord’s Prayer is important to Christians because it is what Jesus gave to his disciples as a form of prayer when they asked him to teach them how to pray. Our Kindergartners memorize the Lord’s Prayer and lead the congregation in this prayer once during the school year.
The Lord’s Prayer:
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.
John 3:16 (1st Graders)
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.”
No other verse in the Bible so succinctly summarizes God’s relationship with humanity and the way of salvation. In Sunday School, we will discuss and understand the concept of the verse and repeat it in worship on a particular Sunday.
First Communion/Communion Affirmation (2nd Graders)
First communion can, and does, happen at many different ages throughout congregations of the ELCA. Parents may bring their children of all ages to the chancel for either a blessing or to partake in Holy Communion.
Fed and Forgiven: Communion Preparation Class
Peace offers a two-week Communion class designed for children (and parents!) to better understand the sacrament of Holy Communion. This class is geared towards children in 2nd Grade and on up including Confirmation youth.
The next class will be held in the spring of 2018. Upon completion of the class, the children who have completed the Communion Milestone will be recognized during a worship service.
The Ten Commandments (3rd Graders)
The Ten Commandments are the foundation of a person’s relationship to God and a person’s relationship to fellow men.
The Apostles’ Creed (4th Graders)
The Apostles’ Creed is the most well known summary statement of what orthodox Christians hold to be true. It reminds of us central points about which all Christians must agree, serves as a defense against heresies or false teachings which deny any element, summarizes the faith, and provides an important resource for either private or corporate worship. We spend several weeks during Sunday School studying each phrase of the Apostles Creed. The culmination is for the 4th Graders to lead the congregation in reciting it.
The Apostles’ Creed:
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
Martin Luther (5th Graders)
Lutheranism is based on the teachings of Martin Luther, a German monk and professor who has been called the “Father of the Reformation.” In 1517, he famously protested against the Roman Catholic Church and their sale of indulgences. In his sermons and writings, Luther stressed the doctrine of justification by faith alone and the authority of scripture alone.
Peace’s 5th Graders will read some of Martin Luther’s writings and will understand who he is and what he did for religion.
Confirmation (6th-8th Graders)
Confirmation is a longstanding tradition in the Lutheran church. It is an educational and pastoral ministry for Sixth through Ninth Graders that helps students to identify more deeply with their personal faith in Jesus and the community of believers here at Peace and throughout the world.
Over the course of the program, students will spend significant time learning about the Old Testament, New Testament, and Lutheran theology. They will also address some big questions such as “Who is God?” “Who is Jesus?” “Who is the Holy Spirit?” In addition, they will get a lot of time to practice living the Christian life through service opportunities and community building events. We will also host a variety of social gatherings and retreats to cement relationships within each Confirmation class.
We also celebrate life milestones at Peace. An example is the Blessing of the Backpacks.
We also recognize graduating High School Seniors on a Sunday late in May to celebrate their achievement and send them off on the next stage of life with the congregation’s support.