Children: Our Sunday School is active and growing. The kids gather during worship (except the third Sunday of each month, for which they join the whole congregation in worship), and they rejoin us in the sanctuary in time for communion. Following communion, they enjoy a message from the pastor that is tailored for them. In 3rd grade, children are given Bibles, as a part of our baptismal promise to “place in their hands the holy scriptures.”
Youth: Confirmation is a learning opportunity for youth ages 12-14, in which students learn about the Bible and about the Lutheran understanding of faith. They also learn what it means to serve God and neighbor. Participation in our youth group begins in confirmation and continues into high school, when the kids gather monthly for social events, service opportunities, and more.
Adults: We also have periodic Bible studies for adults, especially during Lent and Advent. Along with our partner congregation (Bethlehem Lutheran) we have a lay-led Bible study throughout the year on Sunday mornings following worship at St. Martin, which digs into one book of the Bible at a time; and Pastor leads a Bible study on Mondays at 11 at Bethlehem, which focuses on the upcoming Sunday texts. Other adult education opportunities come up throughout the year on various topics; in addition, we understand every gathering to be an opportunity to learn from each other and from God’s Word.
One of the best ways to learn, of course, is to teach! Our members alternate teaching Sunday School for the kids, and we have a history of lay-led Bible studies, book groups, and worship. We also know that each of us is called to live and to teach the most important truth we know: that of the good news of Jesus Christ!
We find LOTS of ways to serve. See our ministries page for some examples and pictures or ways we serve the community outside our walls. In addition, many people serve our internal ministries, including Barnabas Ministry (visits, home communion, cards, meals, rides, etc. for those in need in our congregation), coffee hour set up and clean up, assisting in worship, serving on ministry teams or council, generally keeping the place looking nice inside and out… the list goes on. We love to serve one another and our neighbors, in whatever capacity we are able.