Faith formation always begins in the home and is even more important now while social distancing prevents us from meeting in person. That’s why Good Shepherd’s Faith Formation Team is bringing faith learning tools into your your home.
Beginning in October Family Faith Journey packages will be available with materials to help your family learn about God’s Love. Each package will include a month of Bible lessons and activities. Activities will include crafts, cooking, and science projects that are easy to do in the home. You can pick up your first package beginning tomorrow, October 4th during worship.
To help bring home Bible messages we are introducing The Manny and Dom Show.
Good Shepherd’s new puppet characters Manny (Emmanuel) the lamb and Dom (Domenica) the donkey share Bible stories and connect them to everyday life through entertaining videos. Watch for the first full episode coming soon.
We’d love to see pictures and video clips of your family learning about God’s love. Manny and Dom may share your pictures and videos in a future episode as well as sharing them online. Send you pictures and video clips to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submission of pictures and videos constitutes permission to share images and videos in future Manny and Dom episodes and online via goodshepherdwb.org and social media. Images may also be reproduced in print for display and publication.
Children from three years old through sixth grade experienced the story of Joseph at Good Shepherd’s Vacation Bible School. Through the Bible story children learned about jealously, bullying, forgiveness, kindness, and family love. They also learned about helping and caring for others through out Kids Helping Kids project. This year’s project gathered pasta for our lovcsl food bank.
Thank you to the volunteers and sponsors that made VBS a success through time, talent, and treasure.
Congratulations to Alex, Lauren, and Jillian on their confirmation. The youth confirmed their faith through the Affirmation of baptism officiated by Rev. Lynn Rothrock on June 9th. Confirmation is a three year program that helps youth understand the faith so they can confirm the promises made when baptized. The confirmation program is part of Good Shepherd’s Faith Formation program to develop life long learning.
Over 35 children participated in Good Shepherd’s Vacation Bible School from June 18-22. “Helping Hands – God’s Plan” was the theme based on the parable of The Good Samaritan. Children learned how people lived in Bible times and how they are God’s hands by helping others.
Children were introduced to a different Bible verse each day and dressed in tunics and head dresses as in ancient times. They met the traveler who was beaten and robbed on their journey. Then saw how a Samaritan helped to he traveler while others left him lying on the road.
During games children learned to work together as a team to build a tent from a parachute in addition to playing other games to reinforce lessons while getting a chance to run and play.
In crafts children made picture frames, t-shirts, and mini flags with hearts and hands to always remind them that helping others is how God wants us to show love for one another. Children get to make their own design on each craft to show what Helping Hands – God’s Plan means to them.
Children also experienced being God’s helping hands by collecting items to HELP boost the spirits of children when they are ill or injured. Several bins full of story books, coloring books, activity books, markers, and crayons were collected.
Five youth confirmed their faith through Affirmation of Baptism. The Rite of Confirmation took place at Good Shepherd’s 11:00 am worship service on Pentecost Sunday, May 20th.
The five youth completed three years of confirmation instruction as part of Good Shepherd’s Faith Formation programs. The instruction builds a deeper understanding of Christian faith and Lutheran beliefs so they can affirm their desire to continue in the faith they began when baptized as young children. Upon Confirmation their faith journey continues as adult members of Good Shepherd and the Christian community.
Pictured with Pastors Peter Kuritz and Janell Wigen are Brook, Logan, Samantha, Colin, and Summer who confirmed their faith.
Photo copyright Daren Bernecker. All rights reserved.
VBS has arrived at Good Shepherd. Through interactive learning using the story of Noah children have learned how to Love one another and Trust in the Lord during the first two days. Fun activities include music, drama, crafts, games, and snacks. Click here to see photos of VBS in action. It’s not too late for kids 3 years to 6th grade to join in the fun and learning. VBS continues 9:am to noon through Friday, June 23rd.