Opportunities for learning at OSLC include summer camps, Confirmation, high school fellowship, and adult education. We team up with other churches and organizations to offer learning opportunities outside our walls.
Kids of the Kingdom
Kids of the Kingdom Christian Education
We offer two weekly options for Christian Education for families with children ages three through the sixth grade (by September 1st of the current school year). In each setting, caring volunteers teach the children a Bible story using music, crafts, and age appropriate activities and lessons.
The Sunday school classes meet September through April at 9:45am until 10:40am. The Wednesday school classes meet September through April at 5:40pm until 6:20pm.
The purpose of the Milestone Ministry is to honor milestone events in the faith lives of our children. The children receive a blessing during worship and a gift of remembrance to connect the event with faith.
Our Cradle Roll team uses the Splash(!) newsletter to make monthly connections with the parents of newborns until the child is old enough to start Sunday school at age three. Parents commit to raising their children in the Christian faith at baptism, and this newsletter can help parents fulfill their baptismal promise.
Preschool Vacation Bible School
Preschool VBS is for children three years old through five years old who will start kindergarten in the fall. Children join with volunteers from OSLC on an adventure through Bible stories, using worship, prayer, music, games, arts and crafts, This is a free program. It is Monday through Wednesday and dates and times are announced in the spring.
Day Camp VBS
Lutherans Outdoors counselors provide fun and exciting times during VBS Day Camp for kids who have completed kindergarten through the fifth grade. Kids will engage in Bible study, worship, songs, arts and crafts, service projects, and games. The cost of this camp is $25 per camper. Camperships are available. The camp runs Monday to Thursday with the date for the year announced in the spring.
Confirmation (7th-8th Grade)
The Confirmation program at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church is a two-year journey, beginning in seventh grade. Examining the Christian faith in light of scripture and the Lutheran confessions leads up to the public celebration of Affirmation of Baptism, saying “yes!” to the promises God said to us when we were baptized. Whenever a child is brought forward to the baptismal font, a pledge is made to “provide for their instruction in the Christian faith,” which means teaching our sons and daughters who they are as the ones whom Jesus loves.
For the first twelve or so years of these kids’ lives, OSLC seeks to help parents and sponsors honor their baptismal pledge by inviting the children to Sunday School, VBS, and regular worship. As they get closer to adulthood, Confirmation instruction is our attempt to help these young people reflect on their faith in a deeper way and provide them with the means to express and live out their faith as mature Christians.
Confirmation begins in the fall of a student’s seventh grade year. Through seventh and eighth grades, students meet regularly at the church on Wednesday evenings from 5:16 to 7:00 PM. Class time includes Large Group study time led by pastors, followed most evenings by time in a Small Group of five to eight students with a Group Leader, who guides them to a deeper understanding of our faith.
Most Wednesdays, our Confirmation students participate in Wednesday Word with the congregation from 6:26 to 6:55 PM. Throughout the school year, students are invited to various servant and fellowship opportunities within their Small Group.
Confirmation instruction leads up to a public celebration of the Rite of Affirmation of Baptism, aka Confirmation, in the late spring of their eighth grade year. Confirmation is not a graduation from church, but rather a stepping stone on the road to a life-long journey of following Jesus within the worshipping community.
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All high school students (freshmen through seniors) are welcome to attend the Wednesday Night Youth Group which meets at The Living Room (810 N. Yale) from 7:10 – 8:10 on Wednesday nights during the school year. On these gathering nights we have open discussion about Bible stories and relevant high interest topics along with an opportunity to share the highs and lows of daily life. We also try to explore and explain the way we see God working in our lives. It is an informal yet meaningful evening. We welcome any friend (or friends) of members to be part of this group. Our adult leaders are Chris Blain, Jane Klug, and Adam Roosa.
This year, a monthly activity known as “Adam’s Activity” will be added and led by Adam Roosa. These gatherings will be more activity oriented, and students can suggest things they would like to do.
We highly encourage students to take advantage of our Wednesday evening meals and Wednesday Word worship services which begin at 6:26 p.m. at OSLC before attending the Youth Group meeting at 7:10.
For more information, contact Adam Roosa, email@example.com
Adult Education: Growing in our Christian Faith
One of the great gifts of our Lutheran heritage is the strong emphasis on the life of faith as a journey, always going and growing toward a more mature witness to the love of God in Jesus. We know God is not finished with us yet. Not only is the younger set engaged in learning at OSLC (be it in Sunday School, Wednesday School, Confirmation, First Communion Instruction, Youth Group, Vacation Bible School, Bible Camp, etc.) but our adults are also engaged with the Word through several weekly Bible study opportunities as well as occasional Sunday morning adult classes, book study series and thematic, short-term learning opportunities sprinkled throughout the year.
A couple of our regularly scheduled opportunities include:
Second and Fourth Thursday of every month: Men’s and Women’s Early Morning Bible Studies at OSLC 8:00-9:00 A.M.
Second and Fourth Saturday of every month: Men’s Group Bible Study at OSLC 8:00-9:00 A.M.Watch this page (and the calendar) for upcoming opportunities.
Our Savior’s Lutheran Church knows how amazing a week of camp can be and how it can help build the faith of our children, youth, and families. Four summer camps for kids from third through twelfth grades are available through Lutherans Outdoors. For more information, check out Lutherans Outdoors in South Dakota website. Campers from OSLC typically attend summer camp at Outlaw Ranch near Custer, SD, because it is the closest but all camps can be attended.
Families are responsible for registering each of their campers at www.losd.org. Registration opens in November each year for the following summer.
Campers and their families are required to help with fundraising activities that contribute to the campership fund. Youth participate in one or more of the fundraising activities at the church. Camp families plan, cook, and serve the annual Ash Wednesday Soup Supper. The church will contact the families of the campers to participate.
OSLC has a long tradition of assisting families by providing a campership for each camper attending camp, regardless of need.
KidZone is a ministry outreach that meets the first Wednesday of each month when the Spearfish School district dismisses students early for teacher in-service. This after school program is a fun, “mini Vacation Bible School” experience, where kids participate in activities, games, arts, and crafts. The kids learn Bible lessons to encourage them to explore and apply their faith in everyday life situations. All kids are welcome and do not need to be a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church to participate.
The cost of the program is $50 for the year or a maximum of $70 per family. This includes transportation from each elementary school via Prairie Hills Transportation.