Faith Formation

Faith Formation

Our Faith Formation program provides learning opportunities for children and adults. From October through May, on Sunday mornings these groups meet at 10:45 am with designated leaders:

  • SPLASH! A play-based group for newborn to 3 years old and their parents. A monthly newsletter helps parents start their children on their faith journey with age-appropriate activities.
  • Elementary groups (a Pre-K – 1st grade and a 2nd-5th grade group) learn about people and events in the Bible through reading stories, games, art, and building relationships with each other and their teachers
  • Confirmation class offers learning to 6th -8th graders in the Old and New Testaments and Luther’s Small Catechism. In the fall of the 9 grade year students prepare to be confirmed in their baptismal faith.
  • The Adult Class is currently studying Manna and Mercy: A Brief History of God’s Unfolding Promise to Mend the Entire Universe.

We follow the Rochester Community Schools calendar.  When school is in session Faith Formation classes meet.  When there is a break over a weekend, classes do not meet.

Shalom

Shalom is a monthly gathering of adults to learn and discuss a topic that explores a justice theme. Past Shalom gatherings have looked at pollinator gardening, immigration and refugee resettlement, water stewardship, and LGBTQ concerns. Learning at these gatherings has often led to action by a congregational team.

In addition, the Shalom Planning Group offers education, advocacy and participation on monthly themes.  Upcoming themes include Women’s History Month, Earth Care and Indigenous Peoples’ Month.

Thursday Study Group

A day-time discussion group that reads timely books together, both fiction and non-fiction on a faith related theme. This group meets at 1:30 pm on Thursdays.