Stepping Stones are intentional times when parents and their children gather to be equipped to grow in faith together and to grow in faith habits that can be used at home. This is a ministry that supports Immanuel families to live out their faith in their homes. We begin by meeting with families preparing for their child’s baptism we invite parents and child to gather for the following Stepping Stones (most include a 3-week parent and child series which culminates with a blessing before the congregation).
9:15 -10:15am, Luther Hall
What is the Bible? Is it really for children? Who are the characters in these stories? We will learn about the Bible through experiential learning and parent-child interaction. You can expect to have fun as you learn with your child!
Sundays, January 28, Feb. 4 & 11, 2018
We have a blessing of children, first-time communing and those already communing, on Sunday, Feb. 18, during the 9:15 a.m. worship service.
9:15 -10:15 a.m., Luther Hall
This 3-week series aims to help parents and child learn about Holy Communion
Sundays, March 4 & 11 & 18, 2018
9:15 -10:15 a.m., Luther Hall
Blessing in Worship: at the beginning of the 10:45 a.m. worship on March 12
What is prayer? Is it a magic wand we wave in front of God to get God to turn events and situations to our advantage? Is it simply a conversation? Is it worship? Why, when and how can we talk to God?
Jesus gave us a guide in Matthew 6, what we now call The Lord’s Prayer. In this series we will help children to understand the concepts embedded in the Lord’s Prayer: the holiness of God, God’s provision, the importance of forgiving as well as being forgiven, and so on. We will learn about prayer through experiential learning and parent-child interaction. You can expect to have fun as you learn with your child!
Sundays, September 24, October 1 & 8, 2017
9:15 - 10:15 a.m.
This series aims to introduce the 3rd Grader to the Bible and answer some questions like: Who wrote the Bible? When was the Bible written? How can I use the Bible? How do I find stuff in the Bible?
The 3rd Graders will use their Bible with parents at each of the sessions - and there will be a public presentation of the Bibles in worship. This three-week series will take the place of your child’s Sunday School class for these weeks.
Sundays, October 29, November 5 & 12, 2017
9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m., Luther Hall
This series introduces the 4th Grader to the New Testament with an overview of the New Testament, highlighting key Bible verses, participating in active learning and activities with parents, other students and at table groups. The schedule will be as follows:
Please bring your child’s Bible (and Bible highlighter) with you! (Let us know if you don’t have a Bible or highlighter). This three-week series will take the place of your child’s Sunday School class for these weeks.
We invite and encourage 5th graders and parent(s), to join us for the Celebration of Communion which builds on prior learning and takes children deeper into the meaning of The Lord’s Supper.
Childcare for siblings available:
Wednesdays, April 19, 26 & May 10, 2017
6:15 - 7:45pm, Luther Hall
These sessions will help students and parents claim the Apostles’ Creed as their own, introduce students and parents to Confirmation ministry, and give them tools for home-centered faith practices that express belief in God in daily life.
Participants will be involved in active learning, with interaction between parent and child, small group discussion and a variety of activities. Students will create a Give Jar and a Trinity Candle (both for use at home). Please bring your Bible with you!
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