Christian Education

20140715_184442_resizedSunday School

Sunday School for children is held at 10:15 a.m. on Sundays, immediately after worship. This is the place where children hear God’s story, the important stories of our faith from both the Old Testament and the New Testament. With active listening and hands-on activities, the stories become the children’s stories as they experience God as revealed to us in scripture.

Children’s Sunday School: 10:15 a.m.

Vacation Bible School

St. James has for years invited children from the greater Fairview area to Vacation Bible School for a week each summer. Our mission is to help teach the faith to these youngest members of our community.

Through songs and activities and lessons and play, children learn the story of God’s powerful saving acts for the world which God loves so much.

For more information about when VBS is held and to register your child, contact the church office.

Confirmation

Students in 7th and 8th grades attend confirmation classes, the preparation for them to become full members of the church and live out their baptismal vocations.

The first year of the two-year program focuses on the stories of God, God’s people and how God is revealed to us in scripture.

The second year of the program is Martin Luther’s “Small Catechism,” which teaches us about the Ten Commandments, the Apostle’s Creed and the Lord’s Prayer. Luther once said that in these three things we have the whole of scripture, for they teach us what God expects from us, what God has done for us, and how to pray. The second year of catechism also applies faith to everyday life, including how we make decisions, with God’s help.

Adult Bible Study

Twice a year, during Lent in the spring and sometime in the fall, the adults at St. James gather for a series of traditional Bible studies.

Based around books, DVDs or other materials, the Bible studies help us to see where God’s story and our stories intersect. The studies have various themes and schedules, including weeknights, Saturday mornings and Sunday mornings after worship.

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