Faith Formation Opportunities
Mount Olive is committed to offering safe opportunities for children, youth and families to engage with their faiths during this pandemic. The following programs prioritize safety, fun, and quality Lutheran theology. We will continue to grow and adapt during this unique time to help offer a variety of in-person and online activities for families to engage with.
Sunday School (All Ages)
Sunday school is currently meeting in-person, outside, in a large group format! We meet in the Mount Olive parking lot from 10:30-11am on Sunday mornings. This fun setting allows families to sing, hear Bible stories, create and play together. Then you are encourage to stick around for Tailgate Worship at 11:00am which is also geared toward families. We will reassess when the weather doesn’t allow us to meet outside.
Mount Olive is leaning into this time of hybrid ministry. Each week Pastor Luke will lead us in Faith 5, an easy way for families to engage with their faiths at home (or even in the car!). This short video will encourage you to 1) Share your highs and lows 2) Read (hear) a Bible story 3) Talk about how the story and your highs and lows relate 4) Pray for one another’s highs and lows and 5) Bless one another.
7th and 8th grade students are invited to meet every other Wednesday night to explore what it means to be baptized as a Lutheran in the ELCA largely using the re:form curriculum. Additionally, we meet once a month for a retreat at the church on a Sunday from 1-4pm. Along with fellowship, service and putting words to their faith, students will be prepared for being confirmed the fall of their 9th grade year. Please contact Pastor Luke (luke (at) molive.org) for more information.
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.
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 one of the pastors 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. Both young and old are welcome.