CHILDREN'S MINISTRIES

Children’s Ministries

By bringing together people of all ages, Kountze Memorial Lutheran Church Children, Youth, and Family Ministries strives to develop a caring community of young people who love God and love each other. Our worship, service, fellowship, outreach, and faith formation opportunities are designed to provide a strong spiritual foundation, equip families in transformational faith formation, and to create fellowship within the Body of Christ.

Baptism

Through the sacrament of Baptism, we are called and transformed by God’s unconditional and universal grace. With water and the name of God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – we are joined to the Body of Christ. Baptism joins us to the Church universal (across geography and time) within the local community of faith. Please contact the pastors and church staff if you have any questions or would like more information about Baptism.

First Communion

All baptized Christians (of any age) are invited to receive Holy Communion. As baptism makes us members of the Body of Christ, the Lord’s Supper is Christ’s own gift to the members of his body. We encourage children and youth to attend a First Communion Class prior to receiving the sacrament. The classes are held twice a year, one during lent and one just prior to Reformation Sunday at the end of October. Often children in second grade participate in these classes, but a good rule of thumb to determine if the “time is right” is to consider whether your child is curious about participating in the Sacrament. In either case, please contact the pastors and church staff if you have any questions or would like more information.

Pre-School

Classes for children age 2-5 are held on Sunday mornings from 9:00-11:00a.m. in the education unit on the second floor, above Fellowship Hall and incorporate a variety of enriching learning methods, including Godly play, crafts, media, music, and more. Contact Katie Larson, Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries at (402) 341-7761 or katie@kmlchurch.org to learn more about how your family can participate.

Sunday School

Faith formation classes for children and youth in Kindergarten through 8th grade are held on the second floor of the education unit, above Fellowship Hall on Sunday mornings from 10:10 – 11:00 a.m., an utilize fun and interactive lectionary based curriculum.

Contact Katie Larson, Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries at (402) 341-7761 or katie@kmlchurch.org to learn more about how your family can participate.

Confirmation

Students in grades 7, 8 and 9, along with their families, participate in the Catechism/Confirmation program on Wednesday nights from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

The program includes dinner followed by classes taught by the pastors and church staff and closes with evening worship. Several service projects and special events are scheduled throughout the year. Youth in grades 6 and 7 also attend summer confirmation camp at Camp Carol Joy Holling.

After completion of the program, youth in 9th grade may participate in the Rite of Confirmation.
In addition to the Wednesday evening sessions, all Confirmation students participate in church events and ministries during the year and serve in the Order of Saint John.

Contact Katie Larson, Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries at (402) 341-7761 or katie@kmlchurch.org to learn more about how your family can participate.

Camp

Children, Youth, and Families of all ages are encouraged to attend camp each summer at Camp Carol Joy Holling near Ashland, Nebraska. Summer camp encourages spiritual growth for the whole person by providing an encounter with scripture, experience and care of the environment, staff witness, and opportunities for worship, re-creation, and relationship development through intentional Christian community.

In addition, camp offers a variety of adventure activities including high and low ropes, swimming, canoeing, hiking, team-building, and much more! Parents and campers often report growth in areas such as self-confidence, independence, making friends, exploring and learning new activities, and spirituality. Camp provides growth experiences for youth that can benefit them through adulthood. Our confirmation students attend a week of camp each summer. Camp registration materials and scholarships are available upon request.

Contact Katie Larson, Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries at (402) 341-7761 or katie@kmlchurch.org to learn more about how your family can participate.

Children’s Music

Our congregation is well known for its music ministries and we encourage members of all ages to participate in our various ensembles. We offer two children’s choirs:

          Cherub Choir is for children kindergarten through second grade.

          Good News Singers choir is for children in grades 3 through 8.

Both choirs practice weekly and typically sing and anthem during the 9 AM or 11 AM worship services on the second Sunday of the month alternating between the two services.