At Rush River Lutheran we are committed to raising our children to be bold and confident in the love and grace of our Savior, Jesus Christ. We are excited to lead the youth of Rush River on a lifelong journey of learning about the Bible and celebrating the gifts given to us by a gracious and loving God.
Vacation Bible School 2017
In collaboration with the Education & Youth Committee, we are excited to announce that Vacation Bible School will be lead by a visiting ministry team from Luther Point Bible Camp!
The theme this year is centered on “The Water of Life” and we are looking forward to four fun-filled nights of active learning. We invite children from age 3 through 5th grade to participate in VBS. Everyone is welcome to come for supper and enjoy the activity time together as a faith family. To register your child/children, please fill out and return the form below.
Dates: July 24-27
Times: 6p Supper 6:30-8p Activities
*Every child attending VBS must have a completed Health & Registration form in the church office by July 17.
You may also email your form(s) and direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
For all youth from grades 7 – 9 (two year curriculum)
Class year is September through May
Classes are on Wednesday evenings
2016 classes start on September 14:
7 & 8th Graders meet from 6-6:45p / 9th Graders meet from 6:45-7:30p
Rush River Lutheran confirmation classes start in the autumn for youth in 7th grade and are a two year program. The curriculum includes Wednesday night meetings during the school year with special service projects as scheduled. The atmosphere is casual and kind, with a focus on learning. Recent study topics have included the Lord’s Prayer, the Apostles Creed, and the Ten Commandments. Upcoming studies may include the Old Testament, the Ten Commandments and the Means of Grace and what it means to be a Lutheran.
Special summer service projects include helping and harvesting in the church community garden.
Confirmation is led by the Pastor with volunteer assistants. Regular attendance in class and participation in worship are basic requirements for being confirmed. 9th graders are confirmed in the autumn of each year on Reformation Sunday.
“At Rush River we strive to teach our youth to grow into their Baptismal Covenant.” – Pastor Dave
For all children from age 3 through grade 6
Class year is September through May
Sunday School Rally Day is September 11, 2016 (Sunday School Registration Form)
Our Sunday School program invites children from age 3 through the 6th grade to join us for fun and faith learning! Sunday School meets at 9:15 and starts with a welcome, offering and time for music/drama. We then go to our classrooms for the weekly lesson. We follow a lectionary curriculum that is consistent with what they will hear during the worship service that follows at 10:30.
One of our goals at Rush River Lutheran Church is to raise up children who recognize their blessings and are compelled to share those blessings with others, whether they are next door or on the other side of the world.
On the second Sunday of every month, all ages meet together after our opening welcome for our Sunday of Service (S.O.S.) project. These projects are missions that have been chosen by our Youth and Education committee to serve others outside our church. Examples include: packing boxes for Operation Christmas Child and to soldiers serving overseas, tying blankets for the homeless served through “Our Neighbor’s Place” among others.
Also on the S.O.S. Sundays, the youth take part in the church worship service by reading, greeting, singing, performing skits and taking the offering. Our Joyful Noise offering (a separate offering asking children and adults to contribute coins they have collected) is additionally taken at these services. A mission for the Joyful Noise offerings is designated at the beginning of the year.
The first portion of our 2016/2017 Joyful Noise Offering will go to “PJ Packs”, whereby gift bags containing new pajamas and a story book will be donated to local children as needed at Christmas.
Previous Joyful Noise offerings have contributed to the ELCA Malaria fund, God’s Global Barnyard and ELCA’s Good Gifts purchases. Most recently we donated $500 to Together We Rise to make up 20 “Sweet Cases”! We also met our $500 goal to donate to Lutheran World Relief for the Quilt and Kit Shipping Fund. A brick was placed in the Good Samaritan Quilt Plaza with Rush River Lutheran Sunday School’s name on it!
Other highlighted activities throughout the year include the Sunday School Christmas program and a family oriented Vacation Bible School session in July.
Children are welcome to join us throughout the program year, from September-May.
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