Mount Olive provides many opportunities for growth as we learn together about God’s story in Scriptures, our world today, and where our stories are woven into God’s story as we live as the community of Jesus. Classrooms for children and youth are staffed with at least two adults to ensure safety and an environment where all are loved and valued. The programs outlined below help open us to God’s incredible world, amazing love, and ever-present grace.
Sunday School (Age 3 – Grade 5)
Preschool and Elementary
These Sunday School students will be using curriculum resources from Sparkhouse (a subsection of 1517 Media) again this year. It connects us with the scripture lessons that we use in worship each Sunday.
Pre-K 1 and 2
The Preschool classes, along with the Nursery and Little Leapers will be using Spark’s frolic. Using the frolic Bible’s and poster sets, the preschool classes will explore common Bible stories. PK1 will start with the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) and PK2 will start with the New Testament.
Sunday School classes meet between the Sunday morning worship services at 9:15 am. To register for Sunday School, contact Kailea Mattheis
On the first Sunday of each month, parents and children who have not yet started Sunday School join together in the “Children’s Nook” area of the Gathering Area at 9:15 a.m. to share in caring conversation and fellowship as our little ones LEAP into FAITH. This year the group will be using a new Spark House curriculum called frolic, which provides a social, family-friendly setting for faith to grow.
When we bring our children to baptism, we as parents (and as a congregation!) make promises:
to live with them among God’s faithful people,
bring them to the word of God and the holy supper,
teach them the Lord’s Prayer, the Creed, and the Ten Commandments,
place in their hands the holy scriptures, and nurture them in faith and prayer,
so that they may learn to trust God,
proclaim Christ through word and deed,
care for others and the world God made,
and work for justice and peace.
This is a tall order! And it doesn’t just happen overnight. These promises are fulfilled throughout childhood (and beyond). We seek to fulfill these promises together as a community, as we continue to figure out what it means for us to live as God’s people.
See the table, below, that describes the flow from baptism through adolescence and into adulthood. There is always some flexibility in the movement from year to year, but we hope that this outline will help you as a family identify places to engage as you grow together.
The best way to learn about the Sacraments is to participate in them. We call this mystagogy: teaching through participation in the mystery of God’s presence in, with, and under the Word, the Water, the Bread and the Wine. We have ongoing opportunities for you to learn about what it means to be invited into Baptism and Communion.
Preparation for baptism begins with a conversation with a pastor. Please contact the Church Office at 507.288.1580 to schedule a thirty minute meeting with Pastor Glenn or Pastor Paul to learn, share, and prepare for this important congregational event.
People of all ages (including small children!) are welcome to join the whole church at the Communion table. An intergenerational session called Welcome to Communion: An Introduction to the Sacrament is available twice a year for those who want to learn more about the sacrament (October 19, 2016 and February 8, 2017). Both young and old are welcome.
Children News and Events
- ELCA Youth Gathering Meeting-Aug 2The ELCA National Youth Gathering is coming summer of 2018! This is a time where High School Youth, grades 8-12, gather together to worship, serve their neighbors, and explore their faith. The […]