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Christian Education: Creating disciples through learning, service, and hospitality
At the Lutheran Church of Honolulu, we take seriously the teaching ministry of Jesus for all ages but especially for the children and youth of our congregation. We know that the values and the life-style of faith, taught and modeled at a young age, will serve as a foundation for their entire lives. We invite your children to participate in Christian Education each Sunday during the school year. New families are welcome to join at any time.
LCH Learning Ministries encourages children’s spiritual growth and awareness through Bible study, music, crafts and play activities, and interaction with the entire congregation. An annual benefit concert during Lent is the children’s major service project.
With the younger children we use the “Spark Lectionary Curriculum” from Augsburg Fortress Press, which allows us to connect the stories kids hear in worship with the lessons they learn in Sunday School. Spark Lectionary follows stories in the Revised Common Lectionary. Throughout the three-year cycle, each lesson comes from a Bible story in the Old Testament, the Gospels, or Acts. For more information about this curriculum, please refer to the list of lessons in the Spark Lectionary Curriculum (PDF).
Traditionally, part of each Sunday School hour has been devoted to the F.R.O.G.S. choir. Its name is an acronym for Families Revering Our God in Song. It consists of Sunday School children, their teachers, and parents and grandparents who enjoy singing with the children. The choir is on hiatus temporarily while we look for new leaders. Amanda Lippert will be teaching the children the hymns for the Children’s Sabbath so that they can easily join the Congregation in singing even though they will not perform as a choir. During the weeks that they are learning the hymns for the Children’s Sabbath or Christmas Pageant, music time will be held from 10:00 to 10:20 in Isenberg Hall. Otherwise, children will normally have class time from 9:30 to 10:15 AM.
Georgine Stark will be leading S.K.I.T.S., which stands for Scripture Kids Interpret Through Skits. A few times a year the LCH children will learn a skit and perform it as the sermon for the LCH congregation. This year’s big project will be a Christmas pageant for the 5:00 PM service on Christmas Eve, which will be rehearsed during part of the Sunday school hour.
A small schedule change will be implemented this year. Sunday school will begin at 9:30 AM and run until 10:15 (or 10:20 if there is music).
Sunday School Schedule
Sunday School Warm-up, September 1—We resume our schedule of two morning worship services on September 1. Children will meet in their classrooms to get to know each other and to work on banners related to the “Day of Service” in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the ELCA on September 8. (Parents who did not yet sign up or reconfirm their information are asked to do so on September 1. Please see Laurie Leach who will be in the 3 years to pre-K classroom.)
The youth in grades nine through twelve gather in the Rainbow Room at 9:15 for devotions, group discussions, and/or planning of events. Youth also join in OYEA service projects and gatherings. Jim Niermann will be leading the Sunday School youth program.
On Children’s Sabbath, October 20, the children take active roles (lectors, ushers, communion assistants) in the service and share their individual musical gifts.
The children will also also present a Christmas pageant at the early Christmas Eve service at 5:00 PM on December 24.
There will be no Sunday School on December 28. Spring semester runs from January 5 until May 25.
We look forward to a fun and exciting year, exploring new ways to learn, serve, and share our hospitality. We hope you can be a part of it all!
F.R.O.G.S. Ensemble—Music helps children learn the basics of Christian faith and encourages them to participate in group activities. Each Sunday, the children learn songs accompanied by Orff instruments. Xylophones of different sizes and percussion instruments enable children to quickly become part of ensemble music making. The music ensemble for elementary school children and their parents is called F.R.O.G.S. (Families Revering Our God in Song). The F.R.O.G.S. ensemble presents their musical offerings in worship services several times a year.Benefit Concerts—Sunday School children had been designating their offerings for the Heifer Project for several years when during Lent 2005, they challenged the adults of the congregation to raise $4,000 to go with the children’s $1,000 to buy an Ark of Animals. Having been successful with this effort, in 2006 they decided to go one step farther and hold their own benefit concert to help raise the money. The concert on Saturday, March 4, 2006, was such a success—with almost $2,000 pledged or contributed on that day—that it has become an annual tradition. Beginning in 2013, they changed the beneficiary for the concert to the ELCA Good Gifts program. Follow these links for details about the 2006 Benefit Concert, 2007 Benefit Concert, 2008 Benefit Concert, 2009 Benefit Concert, 2010 Benefit Concert, 2011 Benefit Concert, 2012 Benefit Concert, and 2013 Benefit Concert.
LCH is a family friendly congregation. Parents are encouraged to bring their children to Sunday services. A special Children’s Conversation or “sermon” is given at both the 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM services. Children come forward to gather around the Pastor for a retelling of the Gospel with age-specific language and emphasis. Some parents accompany their children to the Children’s Conversation, but many come on their own. Visiting families will find their children warmly welcomed in the circle of young active participants.
Follow this link to listen to children’s conversations by Pastor Jeff and Pastor Angela.
A nursery attendant is available each Sunday in the Nursery/Child Care area. Parents may safely leave their children with the nursery attendant or take them to the nursery at any time during the service. A small snack is served during the Christian education hour.
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