Youth and Family

“Let the children come to me,” Jesus said. As a Family of Faith we understand the importance of ministry to children, youth and families. At each baptism, this community promises to nurture and support each baptized persons as they grow up in the life of Jesus Christ. It’s that commitment that leads us to offer a variety of programs and events specifically for children, youth and families.

 Faith Activities by Age Groups

Depending on the age of your children, Faith offers many ways to worship, serve, learn and grow as God’s child.

Beginner Bibles – Three-year-olds who are starting Sunday School receive a Beginner Bible of their own.

Families With Young Children Gatherings – Twice a year, families with children 5 and younger gather for lunch after Sunday worship. While the children play games and create a craft project, parents have time to network with other parents and share stories of their adventures.

High School — Peer Leaders of Faith

Youth ministry at Faith seeks to foster discipleship throughout the high school years. Each year, Peer Leaders make a commitment to grow in their faith by committing themselves to weekly worship, Youth Forum, and servant ministry in the following areas.

  • Community Care – Visits to Broadway House AIDS Center and ARC Group home.
  • College/Military Care – Send care packages to members away at school or in military service.
  • Confirmation Retreat – Serve as group leaders for annual confirmation retreat.
  • Global Poverty Team – CROP Walk for Hunger and Pedals for Progress bicycle collection.
  • Hunger Ministry Team – Serve in Fall and Spring food collections, serve at St. John’s Soup Kitchen.
  • Parents’ Night Out – Entertain children while parents enjoy a night or afternoon out.

In addition, the Peer Leaders are encouraged to be part of Faith’s Appalachian Mission Team traveling to Cosby, Tennessee, to run a day camp and building program. Peer Leaders also serve as role-models and sources of encouragement for children in Faith’s Sunday Church School.

Opportunities for Families to Serve and Share

The Family of Faith understands itself to be a servant community. The Family supports ministries including, ELCA World Hunger, Lutheran Social Ministries of New Jersey, hospital chaplaincies, shelters and schools. Families are encouraged to serve together in a number of the congregation’s ministries, including ARC Group Home, Broadway House AIDS Center, Christmas Sharing Tree, CROP Walk, St. John’s Soup Kitchen, Fall and Spring Food Collections, Interfaith Hospitality Network, Pedals for Progress, Appalachian Mission Trip and many more throughout the year. Check your Family Notes, Sunday’s Coming, e-mail and newsletters for more information on how you can put your faith into action.

Additionally, the Family of Faith gathers for events designed to build community and a spirit of fellowship. These events include an Advent Craft Event, Family Game Night, Family Picnic, Menorah Lighting, Families with Young Children events and more.

For more information about learning and growing as part of the
Family of Faith call the church office at 908-464-5177