Faith Formation: Pre-Kindergarten through High School


Youth Ministry Overview

Pre-kindergarten through High School Ministry is the age-specific ministry at Bethlehem Lutheran Church that recognizes the unique variety of needs and gifts of children and teenagers and seeks to walk along side these members and their families in identifying God's activity in their lives. We do this through Faith Formation, Mission, Connecting and Gathering on a regular basis.

 

Cross-generational Ministry at Bethlehem Lutheran Church operates in the 6-5-4-3 model of faith formation from Vibrant Faith Ministries which includes the following:

There are SIX CONTEXTS for faith formation:

• Creation

• Culture

• Community

• Congregation

• Household

• Child

 

There are FIVE PRINCIPLES for faith formation:

• We need Christian adults if we want Christian kids.

• Faith is caught, not taught.

• The HOME is the primary place of faith nurturing.

• When Christ is present, home is church too.

• There is living partnership between the home and the congregation.

 

There are FOUR KEYS for faith formation—keys for passing on the faith:

• Caring Conversation

• Household service

• Household devotions

• Rituals and Traditions

 

There are THREE ATTITUDES necessary for adults who wish to pass on the faith:

• Authentic

• Available

• Affirming

 

ff ss singing1Through this 6-5-4-3 Faith Formation Model, Bethlehem Lutheran Church seeks to create a cross-generational congregational culture of faith formation in which all people, FROM RATTLES TO WRINKLES, can participate in faith forming adventures. Children's, Youth, Young Adult, and Family Ministries are all fully integrated into the life of the congregation. This creates a web of relationship that young people cannot "graduate out of."

 

With this integrated approach, additional information for activities may be found under the Mission, Connect, and Gather sections.

 

More details on the specific programs can be found on prekindergarten through grade 5, middle school and confirmation, and high school pages

 

Safe Haven Policy

Bethlehem Lutheran Church abides by the Safe Haven Policy that was adopted by the BLC Council in 2011. This document is our stated policy on adult leaders, adult to student ratios, definitions of abuse, and methods of reporting abuse. Applications for working with children and youth and permission for background checks are also found in this document. The complete Safe Haven Policy document is available for download.

 

 

Links to program details:

Pre-kindergarten through grade 5

Middle school (grades 6-8)

High School (grades 9-12)

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