Advent Family Video – Week 1
Children’s Christmas Program Plans Underway
The Mount Olive children’s Christmas program will be available to watch online starting on Sunday, December 20. This year our confirmation students will tell the Christmas story in creative ways. A virtual children’s choir will be put together for three of our favorite Christ-mas songs. And we hope to see a wide variety of Christmas-related musical and other creative offerings from our kids and families. The more involvement we get, the better this pro-gram will be! Kids and families, please send videos (4 minutes or less) of you/your family singing, playing musical instruments, teaching a craft, showing a secret talent, etc. to Pastor Luke – firstname.lastname@example.org. Pastor Luke sent an email to all families with more specific instruction on video submissions including a link to a folder they can be uploaded to.
Faith Growth Opportunities
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 6)
The Preschool class, will be using their frolic Bibles and doing various activities to explore common Bible stories and faith.
Children are encouraged to join us as we connect the Sunday School lesson with the Scripture readings they hear in worship. Using Sparkhouse curriculum with age appropriate materials, children are able to explore the Bible, participate in fun activities and grow in faith.
Kids will meet in their classrooms in the Education Wing at 9:15 am and promptly head to music before starting their lessons.
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.