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Posted October 15, 2014 in Community Featured, Windsor Heights
Windsor Heights Lutheran offers a variety of opportunities for children and youth to get and stay involved in Christ.

Windsor Heights Lutheran offers a variety of opportunities for children and youth to get and stay involved in Christ.

At Windsor Heights Lutheran Church, there is a special focus on children and youth ministry. With multiple opportunities to learn and grow in Christ, Windsor Heights Lutheran staff says all youth should have the opportunity to experience the church’s schedule of events.

Tania Schramm is Windsor Heights Lutheran’s newest Children’s Ministry Coordinator. Passionate about the ministry and spreading the word to children and families, Schramm says she is dedicated to teaching and building faith in her students. Schramm and staff offer a variety of fun activities that will build faith, friendships and relationships in Christ for the youth of Windsor Heights.

Faith building begins on Sundays at Windsor Heights Lutheran. Staff invites children to participate in worship at 8:30 and 10:45 a.m., although there is a nursery option available for infants and toddlers. There are several unique opportunities for youth during worship, including “Creation Station,” when children are allowed to creatively color, cut, paste and mold items based on the service’s theme and display them at the altar. Children also receive their own special bulletin, loaded with games and visuals that relate directly to the week’s sermon. Family Life and Youth Director Erik Ullestad says these special in-sermon practices are in reference to Psalms 100, a passage calling for worshipers to “make a joyful noise to the Lord,” suggesting that even the sounds and presence of children are welcome in worship.

Sunday school begins with a special meeting, “Fellowship 15,” in fellowship hall beginning at 9:30 a.m. All of the youth join together to celebrate and worship together before splitting into separate groups. Toddlers and parents with a love for dancing, singing and reading Bible stories join the “Praise and Pray” group, while pre-K through sixth graders participate in worship through traditional family Sunday school. Learning doesn’t end on Sundays, however.

On Wednesdays, the Akaloo Youth Group meets for a special supper starting at 5:30 p.m. Family and youth and enjoy fellowship and God before breaking away to smaller groups, learning important lessons, and participating in children’s choir. Older youth have the opportunity to seek additional fellowship through C.H.A.O.S. (Christians Hanging Around On Sundays) on Sundays from 6-8 p.m.

Windsor Heights Lutheran Church
1240 66th St.
Sunday: 8:30 and 10:45 a.m.
Saturday: 5:30 p.m.

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