Youth Education and Fellowship
Elementary Sunday School
Currently, students in Pre-K (age 3) through 5th grade are given preassembled Sunday School lesson materials for an entirely remote learning experience. With relevant topics that follow along with the weekly Gospel reading in worship, students will read scripture, discuss spiritual topics, and create various crafts to explore the God’s Word in an age appropriate manner. Snacks are included. For material pickup, please contact the church office. For more information, please contact Lisa White.
First Communion Class
Our Lord’s continues to have an active Confirmation class of 6th, 7th and 8th graders meeting Sunday mornings throughout the school year from September through May. Parents are also invited to participate in class. The interaction with the confirmands and the adults encourages healthy discussion and has created a dynamic where both the youth and the adults are learning from each other. Class materials used include the “Faith “Inkubators: The Living Scripture” curriculum, supplemental Power Point presentations, and the Lutheran Study Bible NRSV. The Confirmation leaders and guides frequently contribute images, movie clips, and other demonstrations to add to the lesson plans.
Outside of class, confirmands volunteer within the church as acolytes during worship and help prepare for church events such as the Sunday School Rally Day. Outside of Our Lord’s, our confirmands also attend field trips in the St Louis area and volunteer at the Spirit of Sharing Soup Kitchen in Collinsville, IL. For more information, please contact Ed Foppe.
High School Sunday School
Vacation Bible School 2021
Each Wednesday evening in July, Our Lord's youth, from PreK (age 3) through 5th grade, are invited to gather from 6:30pm to 8:00pm, to explore and develop deeper relationships with Jesus and with each other during Vacation Bible School (VBS). This experience of faith foundation, taking place over 4 Wednesdays in July, will include a collaboration with St. Luke's United Methodist Church. Each VBS session will be held outdoors on Our Lord's grounds or in our fellowship hall in the of case of inclement weather. Please register all children attending Our Lord's 2021 VBS here. All recommended national and local COVID-19 safety guidelines will be followed and we hope to see you there! For any further questions, please contact the church office or Lisa White.
Our Lord's High School Youth Group
This high-energy, high-activity, high school fellowship group currently meets one Sunday evening a month in the Worship Center Fellowship Hall. While social distancing and wearing masks, this group continues to meet for dinner, engaging discussion, group bonding activities, and the planning of service projects for the greater church and community. Friends are encouraged to visit.
As part of the High School Youth Group, each member may participate in intermittent fund raising events to then attend the ELCA National Youth Gathering in Minneapolis MN from July 24th-28th, 2022. This amazing, spiritual, awe-inspiring gathering of over 30,000 ELCA high school youth is an incredible event of service, fellowship, worship, and faith formation. Throughout the week young people are enriched, challenged, and inspired to live their faith in their daily lives as they love and serve God - eternal and “boundless.” For more information, please contact Kathy Hoelscher.