Youth Activities & Education

Activities for the youngest children:

Preschool

Our goal at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Preschool is to provide a safe and supportive environment where each child can feel secure and thrive. We also strive to create an environment where you, the parent, will feel comfortable and confident about leaving your child in our care. While our main focus is on your child’s social and emotional growth, we also know children are developing in cognitive and physical skills. Along with these skills we want each child to learn of God’s love for him/her, and have a chance to explore God’s wonderful world.

Program Hours : Tuesday/ Thursday, 9am-12pm; Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 9am-12pm; Monday-Friday, 9am-2pm.

Sunday School (9:30 AM)

From Mid-September through Mid June, Children in grades 1-5 gather during the 9:30 worship service for songs, crafts, and stories. Children may attend the beginning of the 9:30 worship service with their families, then go upstairs for Children’s Church immediately following communion. Children in preschool and kindergarten meet in the preschool area for age-appropriate lessons. During the summer months, elementary aged children gather in one large group. Preschool and kindergarten are welcome to join the older group or stay in the childcare area. Of course, all children of any age are welcome to stay in the worship service!

Children are invited to participate in the annual Christmas Program and annual Easter Pageant. Rehearsals for these two seasonal programs take place during the Children’s Church time.

Members of the Steering Team for Sunday School are Christine Dobbins, Katie Kozlik, and Teri Potts

Child Care

Free childcare is available whenever events are held at St. Andrew’s. This includes Sunday worship and Children’s Church, Wednesday Intergenerational Night, midweek worship services, evening Bible studies and meetings, and other events as needed. If you are not certain if childcare is offered at a particular event or meeting, please call the church office at (619) 464-4211. Our preschool area is used for childcare. We can accommodate children from infancy through elementary age. We encourage those age 3 and older to attend Children’s Church , although it is not mandatory.

Activities for Grades K-5

Vacation Bible School (VBS)

Every year in late July or August St. Andrew’s is transformed into a hub of Bible stories, games, songs, friendship, and lots of fun! Children from age 4 through those just finishing 5th grade are invited to join the experience.

2018 Vacation Bible School

In 2018 VBS takes place July 23-27. VBS starts at 9:00 am and ends at noon. Cost is $20 per child, with a family maximum of $40.

Pre-registration takes place starting in mid-June.  Registration forms are available each weekend between worship services, or online here.

You can also call or stop by the church office on weekdays. Our annual Vacation Bible School typically enrolls about 85 children.

Joyful Noise – our children’s choir

Children’s choir is for children in grades 1 through 5. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings from 6:00 – 6:30. Carmen Berry serves as director and Mona Nesheim as accompanist. Joyful Noise sings at Christmas, Easter, and various other times throughout the year.

Spirit Movers dance

Spiritmovers rehearse on Wednesdays at 4:00 or 4:30 (depending on age). Children from ages 3 through fifth grade are welcome to participate! Spiritmovers perform during special worship services near Christmas and Easter and at other times throughout the year.

Kids Club

Kids Club is for Preschool and Elementary Age children. It meets on Wednesdays during the school year. Meet in the Preschool/Nursery area for tutoring, homework help, games, crafts, and other fun activities.

Activities for Grades 6-8

Confirmation (during the school year)

CONFIRMATION REQUIREMENTS

Confirmation Camp July 15-20, 2018

Activities for Grades 9-12

High School Youth Group

SALT – St. Andrew’s Lutheran Teens

Summer Trips

Every Summer we have two trips for youth — one to Miracle Ranch Children’s Home in Valle De Las Palmas B.C, Mexico and a Youth Gathering trip. We combine a fun-filled trip with servant projects, recreation and faith formation. Lots of great bonding experiences and memories made. Fundraising opportunities are available throughout the year.  Contact Pastor Manuel for additional information.

Service Projects

A variety of service projects take place throughout the year. Check monthly Salt Shaker newsletters, Pinch of Salt weekly news, or our Facebook page for updated information.