(JUNIOR HIGH AND YOUNGER)
(JUNIOR HIGH AND YOUNGER)
Gloria Dei is an inter-generational congregation and therefore offers events, activities, classes/friendship opportunities, and retreats for many different age groups and at many different times. Listed below are just a few of the regular activities, but please call the church office or see the monthly newsletter for a list of current event.
For your information, Pastor Sabrina Vasta and other volunteers are responsible for the Senior High Youth Ministry; Pastor David and other volunteers coordinate the Junior High program; and Barb Collins and other volunteers are responsible for most of the younger children’s programming.
T.A.G. (Thursdays are Grace!) Thursdays at Gloria Dei are for all ages and are about fun and learning. For youth and children, a dinner kicks it off at 5:30pm and then games, music, confirmation, and more. Also, an adult Bible study is also offered. Later, the Bell Choir and Sanctuary Choir (teen-adults) practice. Childcare is available.
Younger Children (Preschool-5th): There are many activities and learning opportunities for this age group including Sunday mornings, 9:15am and special events that are geared for the whole family: Vacation Bible school, Campouts, Camp, Summer Fun, Eggstrvaganza, Trick or Trunk, etc. Also, “First Communion” classes are offered during the season of Lent each year. Please check the newsletter for upcoming opportunities or call the church office.
First Communion Classes are normally offered for children age 10 or younger (speak with a pastor). There are three classes, plus one Saturday morning making a chalice. The chalice will be used at First Communion which is celebrated at the 10:30am service on Palm Sunday. See the newsletter for the details and sign-up on the patio. Questions, call the church office and speak with a pastor.
Vacation Bible School is held during a week in the summer (T.B.A.), 9am-noon. That’s a week for younger kids, but older youth always come out in droves and really are the leaders of this event. It’s also a great way to get some volunteer hours.
Junior High (6th-8th grade): Confirmation
This group meets regularly on Sunday mornings for Sunday school and on Thursday evenings during the school year for our Confirmation Program. They also are involved with quarterly major events including: Youth Gatherings; Winter Retreat; Servant Projects; White Water Rafting, Houseboat Trips and more. This group is led by the pastors and Youth Director Paige Gulck and a number of great volunteers.
Junior High Fun Events: Each quarter, Junior High youth participate in a large, fun, usually recreational event – camping, retreats, water parks, house boating on Lake Shasta, amusement parks, etc. Watch the bulletin and newsletter for more details or call the church office. Friends are always welcome to join in on these extravaganzas.
All Ages Events: Gloria Dei focuses on all generation type of events, such as Angels’ Games, Whale Watching, Campouts, etc. Sign-up on the patio when you see something you are interested in attending.
Children in Worship: At Gloria Dei, children and youth are fully involved in the life of the congregation. We want children in worship. Some churches offer a “kiddie church” or some alternative to adult worship, but we believe worship is meant for all ages together. Therefore our youth are involved in leadership, a children’s message is usually offered, a “worship bag” is provided and all ages are welcomed. We do offer a nursery during worship for children who cannot yet sit still, but we do encourage parents to bring their children in with them. It is a process. With a little patience, a bit of humor and perseverance, all ages can say, “Our Father.” As the pastor says regularly to parents of young children, ‘I personally know the challenge! There may be some Sundays, no some years where you don’t get much out of worship because of the squirming, etc. But God doesn’t always mean for you to get something! Sometimes you are the sermon, a message of commitment, of consistency, of patience to your child. And before you know it, before too long, they will learn and then you can get something too!’