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Children's Ministry

Explore the learning opportunities for your children at Gloria Dei.

Children's Ministry at Gloria Dei

Jesus said, "Let the children come to Me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God" (Mark 10:14).

When St. Lawrence, bishop of Rome, was commanded by Roman soldiers to bring out all the gold and silver treasures owned by the church, he instead presented the soldiers with the "little ones" of the church: the poor, the sick, widows and orphans, the little children. "Here are the treasures of the church," he said. Amen!

We believe that children are the greatest treasures of God's church: "Children are a heritage from the Lord" (Psalm 127:3). We too proclaim the often repeated proverb, "Children are not a distraction from more important work; they are the most important work."

At Gloria Dei, children experience safe, educational, and age-appropriate environments where they learn about Jesus in creative and relevant ways.

Easter Sunday, April 17, 2022

Q&A: Your first visit

Q: Where should my children go during the service?

A: We like to encourage children (including infants and toddlers) to join their caregivers in worship with the adults. Before you enter the sanctuary, we have coloring pages & crayons set up at a table for your youngest to enjoy during the service. 

Q: What if my child has a meltdown during the service?

A: This is a shame-free church that values the sounds of little children in church (yes, even the screaming!), because we know that by coming they're hearing the Word, which is the most important thing.

If you ever need help with your children during the service, please ask congregants for their support. We are blessed with many members willing and able to be a church aunt, uncle, grandpa, and/or grandma for you and your little ones. 

We also have a Family Viewing Room for those who need a quiet place to be with their child while they listen/watch the service.

Q: What learning opportunities are there outside of the Sunday Service for my children?

A: After the service, we invite you and your children to attend our Bible classes. We have four classes divided by age: Pre-K & Young Children's Sunday School, Middle Grade's Sunday School, Sr. Youth Sunday School, and our Adult Bible Class.

You can approach any of our members to include your children in our classes. You can come unannounced or sign up below with Plan A Visit. You're welcome to join either way.

We also do a yearly Vacation Bible School (VBS) for caregivers and their children, Harvest Festival, Easter Egg Hunt, Confirmation classes, and more events and educational opportunities for children.

See our Calendar or our Announcement Banner (top of homepage) for exciting events coming up.

Family Viewing Room

We have a Family Viewing Room that is available for caregivers with infants and small children. This room is reserved exclusively for caregivers with infants and small children to enjoy the service in a more private and quiet environment if they so wish.

Meet our Sunday School Teachers

Amanda, Melissa, and Tim are our Sunday School teachers. To learn more about them and how they'll help your children grow in Christ, visit our Staff Page.

Got questions?

If you have further questions concerning our children's ministry or Sunday school program or about visiting Gloria Dei Lutheran Church with children, simply click the button below and get in touch with us.

We cannot wait to meet you!

Easter Sunday, April 17, 2022