Christian Ed oversees the operation and the promotion of all of the Christian Education programs of Reformation.
This includes continuous programs: Adult Education (including Adult Forum, Bible Study, Lenten, and other small group studies, and Women’s Connection), Youth Education (confirmation and senior high classes), Library, Stepping Stones, Sunday Nursery, Sunday School; and programming that runs for a limited time: Scholar in Residence, Vacation Bible School, and other special events.
In addition, Christian Education interacts with other Ministries in a variety of ways: Community Action (food drives and Aid for Friends), Eco (Earth Day events), and Youth (Bear Mountain) as well as the Reformation Schools Board.
These opportunities at Reformation are designed to help members and others in the community to grow in the spiritual dimension of their lives and to build a living faith. Sunday mornings from September through Mid-June, they are scheduled at 9:45 a.m.
Held in the Choir Room on Sundays when Adult Form is not scheduled. Studies have included the kings and prophets of Israel and Judah, the Epistle to the Colossians, and sheep and shepherds for 3 weeks in December.
Held in Creighton Hall, this is a program with a variety of topics and speakers held on Sundays when Bible Study is not taking place. Previous topics included: Religious Life at West Point (a presentation by the visiting cadets); an overview of the gospel according to Matthew; a series on Henry Melchoir Muhlenberg; a presentation about the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia; a program on our Elwyn Ministry; an Ecology Sunday presentation; the history of favorite Hymns; Habitat for Humanity; presentations on the Appalachia Service Project trip and the Tanzania trip; and Lutheran view of Saints and of the End of the World.
This is directed to the parents of Sunday School aged children and is held in the Sunday School wing on the Sundays when Bible Study is scheduled. Topics of interest suggested by the participants are discussed.
This includes Confirmation Class and Senior High Class that meet weekly also on Sunday mornings at 9:45 a.m. Confirmation Class engages the seventh and eighth graders in such subjects as discipleship, Lutheran teachings, commitment to God’s call, living a Christian life, etc. and prepares them for Confirmation. The service of Confirmation is held in October.
Confirmation Mentor Program
As our confirmation students are preparing to affirm the promises made on their behalf at their baptisms, we recognize that this is a vital time in their faith development. Through this recently-developed mentor program, we are able to add an additional element of purposeful relationship with an adult member of the congregation. These relationships offer an opportunity for our youth to see faithful adults who live out their calls from God in many different and wonderful ways and give our youth a way to see their own lives fitting into this community.
The library serves our congregation and its ministries with 1700+ items in our self-serve collection that includes books, periodicals, videos, audio cd’s, music, and collections for children, teens and adults.
The Library maintains membership in the Church and Synagogue Library Association and its collection is cataloged to professional library standards. The collection database can be searched from the computer in the library, and, in the near future, it will also be accessible from the church’s online website.
This is a program is a program designed to involve the congregation together with the family in celebrating the religious milestones that children progress through as they develop in the faith. We recognize the Stepping Stones of Baptism, entry into Sunday School, presentation of a Bible in 2nd grade, First Communion, beginning Confirmation preparation, Confirmation, and High School Graduation. Each step involves a blessing of the child/children during the worship service and usually a gift from the congregation. Depending on the milestone, the child or family may also receive education preparing them for the event. We intend this program to provide our families and youth with a tangible feeling of support from our congregation to encourage them to fulfill the promises they make in baptism and confirmation.
Childcare is provided for young children during both Sunday worship services. The nursery is staffed by a professional sitter and a volunteer assistant.
These classes are provided for children age three through sixth grade. Youngsters under age three, our Small Stars, meet from 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. The teachers appreciate the efforts of parents who bring their children to class each Sunday. A Bible lesson is presented each Sunday with emphasis placed on how these lessons can be used in daily lives. Bible stories are reenacted, pages are colored, projects are completed and games are played. Special activities are: performing for Rally Day, participating in the Christmas Pageant, filling food trays for Aid for Friends and donating food for City Team.
Scholar in Residence
This is a program held in the spring of the year. A noted individual is invited to present an all-day seminar on Saturday with lunch being included in the nominal registration fee. The scholar also preaches at the services on the Sunday morning of that weekend and presents a topic at the Adult Forum.
Vacation Bible School
This program is held annually in the summer for children aged 3 through Grade 6 (entering in the upcoming September). The program runs for 5 evenings, Sunday through Thursday, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. (Parents of the younger children may make arrangements with the teacher for an earlier dismissal.) There is classroom time for lessons and activities as well as snacks, games, crafts, music, and much more, arranged around the selected theme for that year.
A sampling of recent books discussions include: Signature of All Things; The Brother Gardeners; Price of a Child; Plainsong.