St. John’s Lutheran Church of Highland offers Educational Classes for all age groups.
Pre-School and Early Elementary Christian Education
We offer classes for the youngest of our faithful church members. Our classes are separated by age and accommodate classes for 2 year olds, 3 year olds, a combined class for 4 and 5 year olds, and a combined class for 1st and 2nd graders. We use the Group series for this education which is a great program. This series explores the Bible through a series of stories, games, crafts and art projects designed to help the little ones learn about the Bible and begin to grow in their faith.
Elementary through Middle School Christian Education
These educational offerings are designed for the later Elementary School and early Middle School students. We use the Witness Program for these pre-Confirmation students. Every session has three clearly stated goals — know, grow, and show — that carry out the Witness theme and broaden both teachers’ and learners’ understanding of the story. The goals match the characteristics of a witness and the job of witnessing. A witness is someone who KNOWS the Word, GROWS in Faith and SHOWS Service to others.
The focus of our 7th and 8th graders is preparation for Confirmation. Our two Pastors and a group of dedicated adult leaders teach these classes. We focus on the continued growth of the students in their knowledge of the Christian Faith and the Lutheran principles, the growth of the student in their personal Faith and the preparation for each student to reaffirm their baptism. Each student is presented with a new Students Study Bible and the Lutheran Handbook. Several service projects are performed and many group activities are scheduled such as sleepovers, Fellowship Hall Hockey games, movies, pizza parties and many other great events.
High School Christian Education
Our curriculum includes lectures, small group sessions, service projects and fellowship activities. The program is designed to allow these young adult members to grow in their faith, expand their knowledge of the scripture and make life-long friends in the church. In July of 2006, we sent 18 of these students to the National Youth Gathering in San Antonio, TX for a week of worship, study and fun. All attendees admit that it was a life-changing event.
St. John’s offers a variety of Christian Education for adults. It is a great way for adults of all ages to grow in their faith while the kids are attending Sunday School. We currently offer the following:
- Adult Bible Study – An instructor-led, traditional study of the Old and New Testament, this course is designed to deepen your understanding of scripture.
- Social Concerns – This is mostly a discussion group focusing on current events and topics of interest. Some are fairly controversial and thought-provoking; all are very interesting.
- Christian Living – This course is an instructor-led Bible Study that uses the scriptures as the basis to help us share our experiences and be better parents, children and friends. Sometimes it helps to listen as others share their experiences in making tough decisions and keeping our lives in balance.
- Bible in a Year Club – This is an independent study group that encourages members to read the Bible from cover to cover in a year. All it takes is 10 minutes to read just 3 chapters per day.