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 starting back in-person! We meet in the sanctuary as a large group for music and Bible stories, then we transition to the gathering area where small groups will make crafts and have discussion. Sunday school starts at 9:30am between the 8am and 10:30am worship services. While Pre-K to 6th grade students are the target audience, all are welcome. Contact Pastor Luke if you are interested in volunteering as a leader or if you have any questions. We meet on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month, and the 2nd Sunday is a service activity. The schedule for spring 2022 is below.
February 6 The Good Samaritan
February 13 2nd Service Sunday
February 20 The Prodigal Son
February 27 NO SS
March 6 Mary and Martha
March 13 2nd Service Sunday
March 20 Zacchaeus
March 27 NO SS
April 3 The Last Supper
April 10 2nd Service Sunday
April 17 No SS – Easter
April 24 No SS
May 1 The Road to Emmaus
May 8 2nd Service Sunday
May 15 Early Believers

Faith 5

The last two years of pandemic time have led us to offer some online Sunday School and Faith Formation videos like the one posted above. Please visit our YouTube channel for more online videos.

Confirmation

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.

Baptismal Journey

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.

Baptism

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.

Communion

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.