Covenant’s Education Philosophy
What are we trying to teach?
Well, certainly all of our lessons are rooted in scripture, and all are taught in a way that is faithful to our Lutheran heritage. But, beyond learning the stories, and beyond the application of stories and themes to the faith journey we walk, we believe that there are three important things we want your children to know, every time they walk through the doors of Covenant:
- They are loved by the kids they learn with.
- They are loved by the adults of this congregation.
- Most of all, they are loved by God. No matter what.
Parents: if you have children with special needs or concerns, please talk to us about them – we are here to help you and your children have the best possible Christian education experience.
Sunday Morning Ministries
10:00 – 10:40 AM
Sunday school starts each Sunday with worship and Holy Communion in the Sanctuary at 9:30 am. Students are dismissed to their classrooms at 10:00 following a Children’s Moment. Sunday school ends at 10:40 am each Sunday. For those youth who are worshiping on Wednesday or Saturday evenings, they should plan to come to church at 9:55 and join us for the Children’s Moment.
Ages 3 – Kindergarten:
Covenant’s youngest Sunday school children learn Bible stories using songs, crafts, games and stories. These children get together for opening music and prayer, and then break out into age-level classrooms. We are currently using the SPARK Classroom curriculum.
1st Grade – 6th Grade:
We will begin each Sunday with the youngest children, singing songs and praying together. Then we will head to the Peer Ministry classroom for a large group session, followed by break-out sessions in smaller groups. We will also be using the SPARK classroom curriculum for these grades, but on occasion, we will be integrating some of the SPARK Rotation curriculum that we have used for years, so we will have the opportunity to play games, watch movies, do arts and crafts projects, make special snacks in the kitchen and more.
Most importantly, all students will be learning the same bible story and message each week, so there will be greater opportunities for family conversations after church.
7th Grade – 9th Grade:
We are again requiring a service component rather than structured Sunday school classes. This was extremely successful last year; no one had any difficulty in meeting the required 12 credits, and a number of students completed many, many more than that.
Last Day of Sunday School
Look for more information in the May Promise about how we can celebrate our youth and teachers!
Dates and times held during the season of Lent.
Holy Communion Instruction for 5th grade students and their parents, as well as any others interested in learning more about the Sacrament of Holy Communion.
Wednesday Evening Ministries
Peer Ministry: Wednesdays, 7 – 8:30 PM
Peer Ministry is a program for our post-confirmation high school youth. We spend time together learning how to be better listeners, better responders, and better friends to those in need. We start with the simple question “and who is my neighbor?” (Luke 10:29), and answer the question by learning skills that will last a lifetime.
At the end of the year, we commission our Peer Ministers during the “The Order of the Towel” service.
Confirmation: Faith lnkubators! (FINK)
Wednesdays, 7 – 8:30 PM; Fellowship Hall
Faith lnkubators is a high-energy confirmation program that incorporates a balance of learning, serving, community-building and fun with youth, their peers, and other generations. FINK uses large-group teaching combined with small group reflection in order to plant seeds of faith in the students (and in the guides!).