Kindergarten – 6th Grade
Children of all ages are disciples of Jesus. They are part of the community of believers. Their gifts and talents are given by the Holy Spirit to share Jesus’ love and grace with the world. There are a variety of opportunities throughout the year for children and their families to grow in their relationship to Jesus and to the community of believers. For more information on opportunities for elementary-school aged students contact the Faith Formation Team.
J-Team and Little Lutherans
J-Team and Little Lutherans begins Wednesday, September 13, 2023.
An after-school faith education time for K-6th graders. The time consists of snacks, games, learning about and practicing our faith, and building relationships together. The program is led by church staff, adult and young adult volunteers committed to sharing their faith with children! Held every 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month after school until 5:15 p.m. Children walk from the elementary school to the church with staff and volunteers. Students in other school districts may get dropped off between 3:15-3:45 p.m.
Please note that the Christmas Program is on December 17, 2023. Practices will be on November 29, 2023, December 6, 2023, and December 13, 2023.
Come and have fun with the Zion Puppets! Puppet Day for Grades 4-6th on Wednesday, January 4th, from 12:30-5:00 pm at Zion Lutheran Church. Students will be picked up at Stratford Elementary School following early release. Invite your friends! Please register by Sunday, December 28.
Children Leading Worship
Several times a year, children are invited to help lead worship, including the Christmas program. Children are encouraged to usher, acolyte, assist with communion (holding the empty cup basket), bake communion bread, collect the noisy offering, and by assisting in Holy Week worship and other special events. The next Children Leading Worship will be on Sunday, May 14, 2023.
First Communion Workshops
There is no age requirement to receive Holy Communion. Children, youth and adults grow in their faith differently. Holy Communion is an unconditional gift from Jesus. Adult/child workshops regarding Holy Communion are held twice a year. Next First Communion class will be held on October 15, 2023 following the 9 am worship service. First communion will be held on October 29th during the 9 am worship service.
If you have questions, concerns, or would like to discuss first communion, please contact the pastor.
Bibles For Children
Bibles are part of the children’s faith journey. When they were baptized, their parents, sponsors and congregation members promised to place in their hands the Bible, the Holy Scriptures, to nurture their lives in faith and in prayer, to share with others the message of Christ through words and deeds. Receiving their Bible as a gift from the congregation is one part of fulfilling those promises made in baptism.
Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School is typically held in mid-July. More specific details and registration will be available in the Spring.
Ages potty trained through those who will have completed 5th grade.