What are Faith Milestones? Faith Milestones provide a marker along life’s journey in faith that says, “This is something important, and God is here, too.” It is a faith formation practice for home and congregation that helps all generations recognize God’s presence in everyday life. Each milestone includes a training curriculum to help families use in their homes. Together, our congregation and parents will speak a blessing over their children. Each child will also receive a special gift as a remembrance of the Milestone.
Who: Infants and children baptized during 2020
When: January 2021
What: If you are looking forward to a new baby or wanting your child(ren) baptized, this milestone gets you started nurturing Christian faith at home.
Blessing: A blessing and celebration dinner recognizing the children baptized in the current year.
Class: Beginning With the End in Mind
- Creating a Christ-centered atmosphere at home
- Blessing your child with words, trust, and prayer
Gift: Stuffed Animal - Lamb with 'Jesus Loves Me' shirt
Who: 3-Year Old Children
When: September 2020 at the 8am Traditional Service
What: When your children are Baptized, parents promise to bring their children to the services of God’s house. Children are needed and welcome in worship. We strongly encourage preschoolers to take part in worship with their congregational family.
Blessing: Children will receive a blessing and their own worship bag at the 10:45am Traditional and Contemporary Services
Class: The ABC’s of Worship
- Parents discuss worship with their kids and teach their children to follow the order of worship.
- Parents will help the child put together a worship bag.
Gift: Worship Bag
Who: 4-Years Old Children
What: Many children one and two years old have already watched media. We need to understand media and how to manage it for good and how to avoid the bad. Media of some kind is used in our Worship, Sunday School, and music. It is important to start our little ones on the road to using media for the glory of God.
Blessing: Children are blessed as they work with their families in setting up and using guidelines for media as a part of their faith life.
Class: The Good, The Bad, The Media
- Media- Let’s do a self-check and see what we are teaching by example.
- Learn how to teach a 4-year-old about worship and the importance of age-appropriate media.
Who: 5-Years Old Children
When: February 2021 at the 8:00am Traditional Service
What: Learning to pray is an important way a child grows in their faith and relationship with Jesus.
Blessing: Congregation and parents will bless the children as they encourage their active prayer life.
Class: Prayer, A Gift of Communication
- Teaching prayer through example and practice at home .
- Helping your child develop a prayer life
Gift: Prayer Lamb
Who: 1st Grade Youth
When: March 29, 2020 at the 8:00am worship service
What: First Bible Milestone is a direct response to the promises made at Baptism to place the Holy Scriptures in our children’s hands.
Blessing: During the 8am Service, parents and congregation will bless the children as they receive their first Bible and read the scripture of the day.
Class: Learning to Read and Understand the Bible
- A special parent and child reception will take place during the Sunday School hour.
- Parents and children will look through their new Bibles.
Who: 2nd Grade Youth
When: October 2020
What: Teaching our children to put God first in everything includes helping them understand all our possessions, talents, and time come from God. Part of loving God is being thankful for His provisions. Monetary giving becomes a natural extension of that relationship rather than something we feel we have to do.
Blessing: Children and parents will receive a blessing during worship.
Class: Giving Back to the Lord
- How are we doing in our walk of faith?
- Parents will learn how to teach their children how to use their time, talents, and treasure for growing the kingdom.
- How can we teach our children to be generous now and tomorrow?
Gift: Savings Bank
Who: 3rd Grade Youth
When: November 2020
What: This milestone explores ways our children can share God’s love with one another and our community.
Blessing: Parents will bless their children and present to them a towel and basin reminding them of Jesus washing the disciples' feet. Following the blessing, parents and children join the congregation for a servant event.
Parent Class: Teaching Your Child to Serve
- Parents learn about research studies regarding the positive effects serving has on a child's faith. After class, children and families participate in a service project.
Child Class: Being Like Jesus: Washing Feet
- Kids will learn the story of Jesus washing His disciples’ feet.
Gift: Kids will receive a towel and basin gift as a reminder they have been called to serve others in Jesus’ name.
Who: 5th Grade Youth
When: August 2020
What: Youth continue their journey preparing for Confirmation. Parents and mentoring adults will walk along with them.
Blessing: Students will receive a blessing and receive Luther’s Small Catechism.
Class: Parents and students will attend the Kick-Off Confirmation Retreat on August 2020.
Gift: Luther’s Small Catechism
Who: 8th Grade Youth completing the second year of Confirmation
When: April 5, 2020 Palm Sunday - Dinner
April 9, 2020 - First Communion
What: First Communion is a renewing and refreshing milestone in the life of a Christian. It is a central part of our worship and faith life. Through Communion we are strengthened for service by God’s abiding love, receive God’s forgiveness and share in the abundance of living in a family of faith. Students receive their first communion during Maundy Thursday Service.
Blessing: Parents will give a blessing to their children at the First Communion Dinner on Palm Sunday.
Celebration: Parents and youth will attend a First Communion Dinner on Palm Sunday prior to their first Communion.
Who: 9th Grade Youth who have completed Confirmation Class
When: October 2020 for dinner and Confirmation Service.
What: At the completion of Confirmation instruction, youth will profess their personal faith statement. While this rite completes their formal Confirmation instruction, it is not an end, but a beginning to lifelong Christian learning
Blessing: A dinner the week before Reformation Sunday is held for families and sponsors. On Reformation Sunday, youth give their Statement of Faith during the Education Hour and the Rite of Confirmation will take place at the 10:45 am Traditional Service.
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Who: 9th & 10 Grade Youth
What: Getting a driver’s license is a milestone for both teenagers and their parents. Parenting of this age group goes beyond just preparing teens for responsibilities associated with driving. Youth learn how to make responsible choices in other areas of life.
Blessing: The youth is blessed during the closing activity.
Class: More than Just A Ride
- Parents and teens learn the importance of responsibility in connection with driving.
- Parents and teens learn how to communicate with accountability and trust, and how to clarify expectations.
- Parents help their youth write a contract clarifying expectations for responsible choices.
Gift: Faith Key Chain
Who: High School Juniors
What: This milestone is based on Isaiah 43:1: “But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.” We are created, redeemed, and called by God to help build the church.
Blessing: A blessing for the youth is given during church as they establish how they will serve God with their spiritual gifts.
Class: High School Juniors meet to discover and discuss their spiritual gifts. After the discussion, youth will discover the many volunteer opportunities in the church that match their gifts.
Who: Graduating High School Seniors
When: May 17, 2020
What: Graduation from high school marks the beginning of life as an independent adult. It’s a time young people move forward in making their own life decisions. We want to mark this joyful and difficult transition for parents and youth by giving thanks to one another while reminding them they are never alone.
Blessing: During worship, the youth and their family are called forward to receive a blessing as well as a blanket from the congregation.
Celebration: A cake reception is held between services in honor of the graduates. The congregation sends them forth with God’s blessing. Graduates create a display of their milestone gifts received through the years.
Gift: A fleece blanket.