Sundays (September through May)
9:30 – 10:30 am: Nursery provided during worship for little ones through preschool
10:45 – 11:45 am: Sunday School (4 years old – 5th Grade)
10:45-11:45 am: Middle School Youth Group (6th – 8th Grade)
Wednesdays (September through May)
7:00 – 8:00 pm: Confirmation (8th-9th Grade)
Students are confirmed during the fall of their 10th grade year.
Sunday School lessons are taught using “Spark” curriculum that include cooking, drama, science, games, movies, and music media bringing hands-on bible lessons to every student. Annual fun events include Rally Sunday games, Pumpkin Patch trip, a Christmas program, Palm Sunday march, singing and serving. Children’s sermons are given every Sunday during worship providing a fun way for little ones to hear Jesus’s message. Sunday school leaders are Ms. Tami Halvorson and Ms. Kristen Rundquist.
Middle School Youth Group has bible study on Sunday mornings and has events planned throughout the year. Activities include lock-ins, bowling, swimming, and movies. The youth also participate in the Eastern North Dakota Synod Middle School Youth gathering held at Young Life’s Castaway Club on Pelican Lake in Minnesota. Additionally, every three years they attend the National ELCA Youth gathering. The next upcoming national event is scheduled for July 15-19, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. The youth group leader is Ms. Laney Herauf.
Confirmation is a long standing tradition in the Lutheran Church where youth have transitioned into adult membership. We have transformed this traditional program so that it is life-changing and faith-impacting. We have the expectation that parents will participate as they are able, with more parents than youth attending most weeks. It has been said many times that this is the highlight of the week for students, parents and the Pastor. Pastor Paul Trenne leads confirmation classes.
July – Vacation Bible School
Each summer for five evenings, the church opens the doors to children from the whole community to learn about the love of God through Jesus. Many volunteers step forward to make this an annual highlight and success.
St Mark’s is a place that values children and responds to Jesus’ call to bring the little ones to Him. Bringing children to Jesus is more than just entertaining them; it is helping them see Jesus so they know the hope and joy of His Presence in their lives.