Baptism: Nurturing a Faith Life
This Milestone Event takes place prior to baptism and provides a rare opportunity for public and thoughtful conversation about how we, as Christians, live out our baptism and support one another in that daily faith journey. (birth-adult)
Anniversary of Baptism: Remembering Our Way of Life
This Milestone Event is an opportunity to remind everyone that living our baptism is a lifelong journey. Usually held in conjunction with the Baptism of our Lord Sunday, those baptized in the previous year are encouraged in their baptismal journey. (year following baptism)
Entering Sunday School: First Steps for a Young Child (preschool, age 3-4)
Children are given assurance that Sunday school is a safe place for them. Parents learn that Sunday school is a ministry that partners with the home to pass on faith, values, and character formation.
Welcoming Young Children to Worship: An Intentional Invitation (preK-K)
This milestone is an intentional invitation by saying, “You and your child are welcome here.” Learners will explore worship and the worship space.
Prayer: Relationships with God and Family (grades 1-2)
Teaching, experiencing, and practicing prayer early in a child’s life establishes a strong foundation for the child’s faith journey. It also builds relationships between child and caregiver.
Bible: Places Scripture in Hands and Homes (grades 3/4)
This milestone gathers children and caregivers around God’s Word as they use, read, study, and play in the Bible. In this way, children not only receive Bibles, but are encouraged to use them together with their families.
Blessing of the Backpacks (all ages)
This milestone gives us an opportunity to discover God’s presence with us at home, school, and work, and to be reminded that Jesus is with us always.
Communion: Learning More about the Lord’s Supper (grades 4+)
This milestone helps children and families learn more about the significance of Holy Communion and prepare to receive the Sacrament.
Entering Confirmation: Walking with Youth on Their Faith Journeys (grade 7)
This milestone is designed to address what was learned over the years by providing the opportunity for a two-part introduction to confirmation. The first part is an opportunity to learn about confirmation. The second part encourages families as they meet with one another to reinforce the role both families and teens will have as they walk through confirmation together.
Confirmation Milestone: An Evening of Honor (grade 8)
Confirmation is part of a person’s baptismal journey. It is not a graduation, but rather it marks the beginning of a new chapter in the faith community. As a vitally important milestone, this celebration includes the congregation, families, and all those who have been involved in nurturing faith in these young people.
Driver’s License: Driver’s License as a Rite of Passage (grades 10-12)
This milestone is based on the rite of passage when youth prepare for and receive a first driver’s license.
High School Graduation: Equipping Graduates for the Journey (grade 12) This is a time for the graduate, family and congregation to be very intentional about continued faith connections. It is a time to help graduates take responsibility for deliberate plans in a continuing faith journey.