It is a priority at the Lutheran Church of Honolulu to support young families and offer quality faith formation opportunities for our youngest members of the ‘ohana.
Children and adults of all ages are welcomed and encouraged to participate fully in the whole life of the congregation including all of the worship and fellowship opportunities. We are also aware that once in a while children will need a rest from the busyness of worship and fellowship activities.
Every Sunday morning, LCH offers professional nursery care for children ages infant–4 years. During the summer months, the nursery is open on Sundays from 9:00 to 11:00 am.
Nursery care is also available during most of LCH’s larger fellowship activities that occur throughout the year.
Sunday School takes place ever Sunday morning during the program (school) year from 9:20 to 10:20 am. September 7 is the first day for Sunday school in 2014.
Children ages 3 through 5th grade are invited to experience Godly Play. What is Godly Play, you ask? Godly Play is more than a program or a curriculum. Godly Play is a way of learning that offers children (and adults) the opportunity to live into the sacred stories of the Bible and the church. LCH has created a room designated for the story telling of Godly Play. In this room, children will be welcomed and loved, and they will have opportunities to playfully and creatively learn about God in Jesus.
For more information about Godly Play, you are invited to read Auntie Linda’s blog post, What is Godly Play?
Children 6th through 12th grade are invited into the Rainbow Room (our youth room) weekly for a time of faith learning, exploration, and growth. The older children will, from time to time, participate in the Godly Play stories. On most Sundays, older children will be led into discussions about their faith in God through Jesus and how that faith guides them in the world.
The older children will be following a variety of different engaging and age-appropriate curricula, all of which help them to take a look at their lives today and think about where God is calling and directing them. Some of the materials used for the older children include:
- The Bible
- Luther’s Small Catechism
- Evangelical Lutheran Worship hymnal
- “I Know My Bible” curriculum by Congregational Ministries Publishing, Presbyterian Church USA
- NOOMA video series from NOOMA.com
- “Living Compass: heart. soul. strength. mind” from www.livingcompass.org
There are no Sunday School classes during the months of June, July, and August. During those months, children of all ages are welcome to participate in a variety of fellowship and educational activities following morning worship.
During the summer months, LCH also offers a week of faith formation and fun for children in kindergarten through 6th grade. Day Camp, otherwise called Vacation Bible School, is a week long, all-day program held at the church. Day Camp leaders will introduce a theme each day and have games, skits, craft projects, music and other activities to help reinforce the Bible theme. Day Camp is a great way to incorporate faith learning into the busy summer months.