Stepping Stones

The goal of our Stepping Stones ministry is to encourage and support parents in fulfilling the promises they made for their child at baptism, and to do so by creating an opportunity every year for parents and children to grow in faith together. Each Stepping Stone milestone includes educational time with our pastors, a fun activity or craft, and fellowship with other families. If you have any further questions, please contact Pastor Sarah Rohde, pastor_sarah@bethlehemluth.org.


4th Grade: Advanced Bible
5th Grade: Family Values
Saturday, Mar. 21, 9:00-11:00am – SIGN UP
In this combined 4th and 5th grade milestone event, 4th Grade children will receive an Advanced Bible, which will be used as they move on to youth programs. The 5th Graders will partake in a workshop on Christian values. The 4th grade cost is $35 and the 5th grade cost is $10 for materials.

Kindergarten: Beginner Bible
1st Grade: Stewardship
2nd Grade: Prayer
Saturday, April 25

1st grade Sign up: HERE
Kindergarten Sign up: HERE
2nd Grade Sign up: HERE

K-2nd grade students will come together for a combination of small and large-group time. Kindergarteners will receive their first picture Bible and learn about how to read the stories inside. First graders will learn about the importance of stewardship and service to others. Second Graders will make their own Prayer Bears, practice different kinds of prayer, and learn how prayer can deepen their relationship with God. The cost is $20 for materials.

1 & 2 Year Olds: Baptism Party!
June 7, 2020 – Registration will be posted in May

All children who are 1-2 years old and have been baptized into Christ (by Sept. 2019) are invited to a baptismal promise celebration centered on music, movement, and water. There is no cost for this program.

3rd Grade Holy Communion
October, 2020 – Details coming this summer
In 3rd Grade, children learn about the sacrament of Communion, Jesus’ Last Supper, and the ways in which this holy meal shapes our values and theology. For some third graders, this is their first time receiving communion; for others, it’s an opportunity to learn more about the sacrament they’ve already been participating in. All third graders who participate are invited to serve their families communion the weekend of . The cost is $20 per child for materials.

3 & 4 Year Olds: What does it mean to worship?
Feb. 9, 2020
In this stepping stone workshop, children who are 3-4 years old (by Sept. 2019) are invited to explore the sanctuary with their parents, using their senses to learn more about what it means to worship God! The little ones will have an opportunity to splash in the baptismal font, learn about the pictures in the stained glass windows, and see the altar close up, among other exciting experiences! There is no cost for this program.

 

 

 

Our Core Values, Mission & Vision

Core Values
We value:
- learning about God and how God directs our life.
- shaping children’s hearts and minds.
- empowering children to be the church now.
- accepting others.
- creating an inclusive community.
- serving others.

Mission Statement
We invite all children and families into a community where we:
- grow in Christian faith and values
- teach and nurture each other with care
- learn how to serve others together
- build meaningful relationships

Vision Statement
Train up children in the way they should go; and when they are old, they will not depart from it.  -Prov. 22:6