Infants/toddlers: Baby Dedication
We dedicate children to the Lord to recognize that children are a gift from the Lord (Psalm 127:3), to bring our children to the Lord for His blessing (Mark 10:14-16), to recognize the sacred charge we have in rearing our children to trust Christ for salvation at an early age (1 Samuel 1:27-28, Luke 2:21-22), and to dedicate ourselves to be faithful in the task of leading our little ones into Christian faith and service. Neither dedication nor baptism is a means of salvation – it is necessary for each individual to come to personal faith in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:8-9).
2nd Graders: Bible Ceremony
As children learn to be able to read for themselves, we like to present them with their own Bible and urge them to begin to read it. Since the Bible is one of the most important ways that God has revealed Himself, it is a gold mine — We want to spread the wealth!
Various ages: Baptism
Every July we gather on the shores of Green Lake to baptize those who have made a personal decision to trust & follow Christ. Baptism does not save us, but it is a way to show the world that we are trusting Jesus and it is symbolic of the spiritual realities that happen to us when we personally choose to trust and follow Him (the washing of forgiveness, the filling of the Holy Spirit, dying to self and rising with Christ, etc).
7th-8th graders: BRICK (Built Right In Christ’s Kingdom)
BRICK is a course offered for 7th-8th graders taught during the Sunday morning Sunday School time. The purpose of this course is to help ground students in what and why they believe. Interactive projects and Scripture memory are a key part of the learning process. It includes modules that contain the following topics: God’s Word-The Bible, God and Man, Old Testament Survey, Life and Ministry of Christ, Church Beginnings, and Missions/EFCA.
Various ages: Communion
Jesus asked his followers to regularly take time to remember his sacrifice on the cross by eating bread and drinking wine “in remembrance” of Him. The broken bread and poured out juice are powerful symbols of his body being broken and his blood being poured out for us. First Corinthians 11 tells us that this “Lord’s Supper” should be done in a reverent and worshipful way, which we usually do together on the first Sunday of every month. We invite all believers from any church background to join us in this special time. Children are also allowed to participate, but we ask that their caregivers help them understand what it means and eat it in a worshipful manner.