Youth and Children
CHILDREN AND YOUTH MINISTRY AT REDEEMER IS INTERGENERATIONAL
All Children and Youth are invited to worship with the congregation and their parents at 10 am Holy Eucharist. Children take on leadership roles in worship, such as acolyte, while older children and youth regularly serve as torchbearers, cross-bearers and banner-bearers, incense bearers and scripture readers. Children and youth also participate in music ensembles, choirs, handbells, choir and Easter Orchestra. We believe that participation in worship is critical to faith formation for children and youth, and so we encourage families to worship together and take leadership roles.
PreSchool and Younger Elementary-Aged Children
are invited forward in each worship service for a Children’s Message by the Pastor, who introduces the gospel theme of the day in a child-friendly manner.
On festival days such as Easter Sunday, there are special activities for children, such as our annual Easter Egg Hunt in the courtyard garden.
Occasionally children, parents and youth meet as a group at 11:30 a.m. in the Learning Center after worship for Bible lessons following the theme of the day. We gather in the Learning Center corner classroom for a snack, fun, the lesson and a craft.
Children are invited to receive holy communion from an early age. The pastor offers instruction for Preschool children and older, with their parents. First communion can be received then, when parents and the pastor find it appropriate, when each child is ready.
COMMUNITY HALLOWEEN PARTY
We have hosted a Children’s Costume Party for children in the community and congregation for over 40 years, led by parents, adult volunteers and high school youth the Friday before Halloween.
Middle-School Youth (Grade 6 – 9)
Wednesdays from September - May
at 7:00 p.m.
Confirmation is for students in the 6th through 9th grade. It is an opportunity to explore issues of faith, and living as a Christian in our world today. We study Luther’s Small Catechism and apply it to present day faith issues. The class meets twice monthly, with occasional service projects or other activities. Led by Pastor Jim and other adult faith mentors.
High School Youth (Grade 9-12)
There are many opportunities for high school youth to be leaders in Sunday morning worship. There are also numerous service projects and intergenerational events in which Youth are invited to participate.
In July, 2015 Redeemer Youth are attending the ELCA Multicultural Youth Leadership Event (MYLE), and the ELCA Youth Gathering in Detroit. Much of the past year has been spent preparing and fundraising for this mission trip. In 2012 Redeemer Youth attended MYLE and the ELCA Youth Gathering in New Orleans, with other Lutheran youth from Minneapolis and St. Paul.