Educational Opportunities for All Ages
The education of the Christian begins at baptism and continues through adulthood until you take your last breath on this earth. As Martin Luther is known to have said, he read the catechism and the scripture every day and could not master them. Our Christian education does not end at confirmation but is a life-long watering and nurturing of faith. At Zion, we offer a number of opportunities for all people to study and learn the Bible to help nourish and strengthen faith in Jesus Christ and his promises.
Pre-K thru 5th grade
Our primary goal with elementary aged children is to get them familiar with the stories of Scripture. We share familiar stories, such as Daniel and the lions’ den, and some that are less well known among young children, such as Esther or Proverbs. We use a Lutheran digital curriculum by Sola Publishing Company https://www.solapublishing.com/ called SEED (Sola Electronic Education Database). Each lesson engages children and puts them in touch with the stories from Scripture using various methods: reading from the Bible, animated videos of the stories, children’s coloring and game pages, dramas, crafts, memory verses, and sometimes even recipes! Prior to Covid restrictions, Zion hosted a Vacation Bible School Day Camp each summer for Kindergarten through fifth grade.
6th – 8th grade Confirmation
Middle schoolers partake in a three-year confirmation course with the Pastor. They spend a year learning Luther’s Small Catechism, and one year covering the Old Testament and one year covering the New Testament. We are utilizing the middle school appropriate level of SEED and well as educational video resources produced by Luther House of Study https://www.lutherhouseofstudy.org/home. Those in confirmation spend a week at Lutherhaven Summer Camp on Lake Coeur D’Alene in Idaho.
High School Youth Group
In youth group, we take up both the SEED curriculum geared for high school aged kids as well as some original material to go deeper into the chief parts of the Small Catechism like baptism and the Apostle’s Creed. Prior to Covid restrictions, the youth have taken a service trip to an area in the region or in another part of the county to share the love of Christ to those in need.
Zion offers a weekly Bible study, going through one book of the Bible at a time. We delve into the Law and the Gospel distinction of Scripture and hope to give a word of hope to someone. Once a month we offer “Thirsty Theologians” where we take up and discuss some of the major theological themes of Lutheranism while we sip on a favorite beverage. We also offer regular and sometimes daily shared devotions.
Is there Sunday school during the pandemic?
YES! With very little down time, we have continued to offer education to all throughout the pandemic.
Does education look different during the pandemic?
Also, YES! The staff at Zion has worked hard to reinvent ways to provide education in the midst of the pandemic and related restrictions. At this time, there is no in-person education. However, education for all is continuing.
For the elementary aged children, ALL families of Zion have been given full access to Zion’s subscription to SEED and are using the materials in their homes. We have included the weekly video from SEED into the worship service as the Children’s Lesson. Confirmation is meeting every Sunday after church via Zoom. The High School youth is also meeting every Sunday via Zoom. The adult educational opportunities take place both over Zoom and on Zion’s Facebook group page (ZION LUTHERAN CHURCH KENT).
Will there be Vacation Bible School Day Camp this Summer?
Unfortunately, there will not be a traditional day camp this Summer.
Is Lutherhaven Summer Camp open this year?
Yes! Our campers and trusty volunteers get to go to camp!
Will the youth be going on a service trip this year?
The staff and volunteers are still determining whether there is a service trip this year.
How can my family and I get involved in education at Zion?
Contact the Youth & Family Ministry Coordinator, Pastor Marney at firstname.lastname@example.org.