“So let us leave the simple teachings about Christ. Let us grow up as believers. Let us not start all over again with the basic teachings. They taught us that we need to turn away from doing things that lead to death. They taught us that we must have faith in God.” Hebrew 6: 1
Milestones are special Christ centered events in your life that are faith and life changing. These events help make you who you are today, a son or daughter of God. These events root and grow your faith, and equip you to reach out and bear fruit. This faith development moves you closer in your relationship with Christ for His glory. Shepherd of the Valley desires to walk through these milestones with you. Below is a brief description of some milestone.
Sunday school is an educational opportunity for children infant through grade 12 to root and grow their faith in God. It is also a time of Christian fellowship while being in God’s Word. During the summer months Sunday School combines classes to accommodate smaller groups.
Children 0 – 2 years meet in the nursery and have Jesus time as they are introduced to the basic stories of the Bible through song, flannel boards, and learning activities.
Children 3 years through 4th grade are working through the Bible in three years. Classes have a small group introduction to the week’s story, large group time as the story is presented visually, and more small group activities as the day’s story is explored more deeply.
JAM (grades 5 & 6) work from a two year cycle exploring both the Old Testament and New Testament. Youth are encouraged to critically assess what they are reading and assess how that applies to their life.
Confirmation (grades 7 & 8) rotate between Bible study and age related topical studies with an emphasis on building relationships and addressing life issues.
This year round education opportunity happens weekly from 9:15 – 10: 15 a.m.
Confirmation is Shepherd of the Valley’s ministry that supports families in preparing for the Rite of Confirmation. Seventh and Eighth grade youth study the doctrines and beliefs of our church through a Biblical perspective. Topics of confirmation study may be studied with a pastor, lay leader, youth mentor or parents. This two year program runs during the school year on Wednesday nights from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
When youth are ready for their Rite of Confirmation, Shepherd of the Valley hosts a celebration weekend. At the actual Rite of Confirmation, parents and people close to the youth bless the youth in worship. Confirmation brings the youth into membership of the church.
7th and 8th graders attend classes on Wednesdays to prepare themselves to become members of the church.
Wednesday Nights provides many opportunities for faith growth and fellowship. Wednesday Night Ministry runs from September to April starting at 6:30 p.m.