Raise a children in the right way, and when old, they will not stray. - Proverbs 22:6
Love the Lord with all your mind. The members of St. Luke’s Faith Formation Team believe that faith is formed and re-formed throughout a person’s life.
Below are the Milestone Ministries from baptism through adulthood. The goal is that every year a child will come to the font to remember their baptism as they grow in faith through a variety of opportunities specific to their stage of development. This is by no means all inclusive, just some identified steps along their journey of faith. Each is biblical with an objective and resources.
Although each milestone is directed at an age or grade, children younger or older, and even adults are welcome to participate. Come and enjoy…
B - Baptism Milestone (January 7): Beginning Point of Nurturing a Faith Life (Acts 2:38-39)
Objective – Parent feels equipped and comfortable in raising their child in the faith.
Current Resources and Opportunities – Splash 0-12 months, Nursery, Parent begins to pray for and read First Bible to their child.
1 – Babies First Christmas (December 3) : A child will lead them. (Isaiah 11:6)
Objective – Family begins traditions, telling the story, singing carols, celebrating Jesus' birth.
Current Resources and Opportunities – Splash 13-24 months, Nursery, Prayground, Parent prays for and reads First Bible to their child.
2 – Worship and Home Faith Chest (Beginning of Lent): Church & Home (Deut. 6:4-9)
Objective – Family has developed a routine with children at home, child looks forward to prayers and Bible Stories.
Current Resources and Opportunities – Splash 25-36 months, Nursery, Prayground, Parent prays for and reads First Bible to their child.
3 – Entering Children’s Church Milestone (September): First Steps for a Young Child (Proverbs 22:6)
Objective – Child starts to attend Children’s Church during worship with a parent.
Current Resources and Opportunities – Splash 25-36 months, Prayground, Children’s Church, Wednesday Night Preschoolers and Parent, Vacation Bible School (VBS), St. Luke’s Pre-School, Parent prays with and reads Pre-School Bible to their child.
4 – Care of Creation Milestone (April): Love God and all creation (Genesis 1:26-30)
Objective – Child learns about God's creation and our responsibility to care for it.
Current Resources and Opportunities – Earth Day Event, Prayground, Children’s Church, Wednesday Night Preschoolers and Parent, St. Luke’s Pre-School, Parent prays with and reads Pre-School Bible to their child.
K – Blessing of the Backpacks Milestone (August): A Milestone for All Ages (Proverbs 18:15)
Objective – Child receives a gift to remind them God is with them wherever they go including school.
Current Resources and Opportunities – Backpack is blessed, Children’s Church, Wednesday Night Children’s Ministry, VBS and Parent prays with and reads Spark Bible with their child.
1 – First Communion (Weekend before Maundy Thursday): Do this in remembrance of me. (Luke 22:19)
Objective – Child attends a First Communion Class with a parent/godparent, and begins to take communion during worship.
Current Resources and Opportunities – Children’s Church, Wednesday Night Children’s Ministry, VBS and Parent prays with and reads Spark Bible with their child.
2 – Bibles (September 14. Celebrate the 18th): As they grow in years, place in their hands the Holy Scriptures (Baptism Promise)
Objective – Child begins reading the Spark Bible.
Current Resources and Opportunities – Children’s Church, Wednesday Night Children’s Ministry, VBS and Parent prays with and child reads Spark Bible to their parent.
3rd - 5th Grades, DAYS AWAY
Objective – Child participates in worship. Invited to be an Acolyte a Lector communion assistant, etc.
Current Resources and Opportunities – Wed. Night Upper Elementary Ministry, VBS, Child prays with and reads the Deep Blue Bible to his or her parent.
3 – Worship Day Away (November): Worship the Lord with gladness (Ps.100:2)
4 – 10 Commandments: What does this mean? (Exodus 20:2-17 and Deut. 5:6-21)
5 – Lord’s Prayer: Lord teach us to pray... (Matthew 6:9-13 and Luke 11:2-4)
6th – 8th Grades - RETREATS
Objective – Students preparing to claim their faith.
Current Resources and Opportunities – Wed. Night Confirmation, Leaders for VBS, Student prays with and reads the Spark Study Bible with his or her parent.
6 – Start of Confirmation/Apostles’ Creed Milestone: Walking by Faith (John14:15-18)
7 – Healthy Body, Mind, and Spirit: Present your bodies…holy and acceptable. (Rm 12:1-2)
8 – Peer Ministry Retreat: Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. (1 Tim. 4:12)
9th – 12th Grade - TRIPS
Objective - Students live out their faith as adult members.
Current Resources and Opportunities – Leadership for Wed Night children’s and confirmation programing, VBS, Student prays with and reads their Confirmation Bible with parent.
8 – Mission Trip Milestone (8th-12th) (Summer): You will be my witness…to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8)
There is a 5-Year Rotation: Camp Barnabus, Pine Ridge Reservation, New York City VBS, Appalachia Habitat, Care for the Earth during a Boundary Water Canoe Trip.
9 – Peer Leader Milestone (8th-12th) (May): An Education of the Heart (Philippians 4:7)
10 – First Job & Money Milestone (10th-12th) (April): Where your treasure is...(Matthew 6:21)
11 – Post High School Planning – (11th-12th) (November) but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ (Ephesians 4:15)
12 – High School Graduation Milestone (June): Equipped for the Journey (Micah 6:8) Sailing Trip!
Post High School – (Care Packages) The Lord your God is with you wherever you go (Joshua 1:9)
Objective – Young Adult continues to worship here at St. Luke’s or wherever God leads them. Continues to be active in a small group or forms a new one depending on where they are living.
Current Resources and Opportunities – Adult Leadership at St. Luke’s. Summer Bible Camp Staff.
Adult Ministry – And when they are old, they will not stray. (Proverbs 22:6b)
Objective - Hope is that all adult members are in Bible Study.
Current Resources and Opportunities –Join Wednesday Night Live Adult Study, Women’s Bible Study, form a small group, or find a community group such as Bible Study Fellowship (Current members participating are Julie Schroeder, Heather and Tony Kambeitz)
Look for future blogs about…
October 16 – Stewardship