Family Faith Formation
Sunday Mornings 9:45-10:45
Faith formation is a lifelong process of learning, growing, and practicing the faith that God has given to us. We nurture our faith by participating in Christian education classes, Vacation Bible School, and inter-generational events. St. Mark’s strives to equip parents to be the primary teachers of the faith at home, supporting families in lives of discipleship.
During our Faith Formation hour, St. Mark’s has classes for children and youth Pre-K – Grade 12. Children learn who God is, what God has done for us, and how to daily live out their faith. Classes are taught by teachers who love to help children grow and find exciting ways to make God’s word come alive. Each summer, children from St. Mark’s and the community are invited to Vacation Bible School. For five evenings, children have fun growing in faith through games, crafts, bible stories, and music led by youth and adult leaders.
St. Mark’s Nursery is available for all infants and toddlers during worship services and the Faith Formation hour. Staffed by a Nursery Director and members of the congregation, the nursery is a safe and loving environment for young children to play and grow. Children of all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend and participate in worship.
Four times a year, children, youth, and adults at St. Mark’s gather together during the Faith Formation hour to learn and grow together. Inter-generational Events help us to grow stronger as a community of faith and also equip families with ideas and tools to continue learning at home.
St. Mark’s has a three year Confirmation ministry program in which 6th-8th graders have more focused time learning about their faith. Confirmation is a time for youth to grow in understanding of their identity as a child of God, and prepare for a life of discipleship. Youth have the opportunity to attend weekend FaithAlive retreats at Camp Lutheridge, as well as a week-long Confirmation Camp at Camp Lutherock. The third and final year of confirmation involves midweek classes where Youth, along with adult mentors, delve deeper into the Lutheran faith.
St. Mark’s Middle and High School students have opportunities to grow in their relationship with God and one another in Youth Group. Twice a month, the Youth Group gathers for different activities, both at St. Mark’s and in the community, such as:
- Stream Clean-up
- Mini Golf
- Visiting Local churches to experience their worship service
- Youth Show
- Serving dinner at a homeless shelter
- Christmas Party
Youth are also encouraged to be active participants in the life of the church, helping to lead worship, serve on ministry teams, and support the mission of St. Mark’s.