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Growth and learning are not just for Sunday mornings and not just for kids. There are opportunities for all no matter where you are.

Children, youth and family education

'Sunday School' and more

Pre-COVID, we offered traditional Sunday-morning Christian eduation for children ages 3 through grade 12.

Now, we are trying new ways of teaching our children about their faith: providing virtual discussions, book clubs, and check-ins; delivering story Bibles and resources to empower families to learn at home; and doing regular in-person visits to maintain connections.

Join Ms. Emily virtually one Thursday a month for a family suppertime discussion of a story or faith topic. 6:15-6:30 pm for preK kids and their families or 6:30-7:15 pm for K-4 kids and their families. Watch News & Notes for the date and Zoom link.

Summer day camps

VBS and Immanuel's Music and Arts Camp

VBS, or as we like to think of it, God-Centered Day Camp, is expected to return mid-summer in 2021. Like in 2019, we will have traditional VBS programming in the morning for kids ages 3 to completed grade 5), with an afternoon service/field trip option for our older participants (completed K+). Registration will open in early March.

Immanuel’s Music and Arts Camp (IMAC) is expected to return August 9-13, 2021. While we will likely need to make some modifications to make our camp safe, we will continue to have the high-quality electives we’re known for. Registration opens February 28.

Adult education

Beyond Bible studies

Pastor Cindy takes a deep dive into the coming Sunday’s readings on Wednesdays at 7 pm. Contact her to get the Zoom link.

The Social Action team hosts a monthly conversation about race on the 4th Tuesday at 2 and 7 pm.

Immanuel has joined other Mac-Groveland churches in acknowledging that we are situated in land taken from native tribes. The Joint Church Anti-Racism Team offers events (virtual and in-person) to help us understand the church’s role in past injustices and present reparation efforts.

Watch News & Notes for other learning opportunities.

Confirmation

Digging deep into theology

Our 7th- and 8th-graders meet Wednesdays on Zoom to learn about the Bible and what it means to be Lutheran. These foundational discussions aim to both strengthen the kids’ faith and encourage them to question their beliefs in a safe space. These gatherings are open to members and non-members alike. Contact Michelle Stillwell if your child would like to attend.

In 9th grade, our confirmation students meet regularly with a mentor from the congregation to prepare their hearts and minds to publically affirm their faith. The confirmation service traditionally occurs in May.

Immanuel's library

The Gospel isn't our only good read

Immanuel’s library is home to over 1,800 books and videos for children, youth and adults. The collection is curated regularly and includes copies of currently popular fiction and non-fiction. The library is open and accessible whenever the church is open, and the self-checkout system allows anyone to check out materials at any time. View our library catalog!