Youth, Teen, College & Family Ministries

Kids Camp 2022 Highlights

Youth Ministries

Campus Ministry

Meets every Wednesday (8-10pm) at UWGB while school is in session. There is usually giant Jenga to play, we dig into God's Word, apply it to life as a college student and give encouragement as fellow Christian young adults. We also welcome anyone not sure about their faith or beliefs and looking for some help with their questions.

Children's Church

In-person the 1st-4th Sundays of each month at 9am & 10:30am De Pere services for children ages 4 through 2nd grade. Also at our Green Bay campus the 1st Sunday of each month.

Cross Training

(2nd-5th grade) Wednesday evening Bible training for public school and homeschooled students. Learn more in this video:

Family Catechism

(6th-8th grade) St. Mark staff and parents partner to teach kids Bible truths, leading them to the point that they can say, "this is what I believe", and prepare them to take Communion. Scroll down for more info.

Little Lambs Nursery

Available to children ages 3 and under during Sunday worship services at our De Pere campus.

Join Our Children's Church Team!

At St. Mark, our goal is to equip and support parents in the essential role of spiritual formation. This is why our Catechism program is focused on the whole family.

We provide families with high quality materials for learning the basic truths of the Bible in their homes. Parents are expected to work through the materials with their children by 1) engaging in family discussions, 2) completing activities together, and 3) memorizing Scripture as a family.

Our ministry staff will provide support in the form of:

  • Parent Guides- We have developed companion materials to help you lead your child to the truth as you work through the lessons together.                                                                                                           
  • Books to Purchase- Luther’s Catechism and Luther’s Large Catechism.  Copies available in the church office or buy online here:
  • Weekly Updates-  Every week we will send you a video and email update with encouragement and a highlight of a specific topic in the materials.
  • Monthly Resource Nights-  Every month we will meet in-person to dig deeper into key concepts, answer questions, and get extra guidance on teaching in the home.                                                                                                  
  • Feedback on Lessons- As you submit work, you’ll receive feedback from our staff or a trained volunteer to ensure you’re on the right track.

Your Family Catechism Questions Answered!

Why do it this way?

Because we know that your kids are looking to their parents as the model for what it means to be an adult Christian. You are your child’s first teacher. And we believe that when parents are engaging with their kids in learning the Word of God, then parents and kids grow stronger in their faith and closer to each other. We also believe that the health of any church is tied to the spiritual health of the homes that make up the church; we are giving you an intentional method for gathering around God’s Word at home to strengthen the spiritual health of your home. Finally, this is the biblical model of discipleship; all of Scripture uses the picture of God’s Word being passed on from parent to child in the context of family.

So has this replaced the Confirmation program?
Yes. This program has two major milestones along the way:
  1. The first is when you complete Module 1, which has to do with the Lord’s Supper. When you complete that, your child will have an examination relating to the Lord’s Supper and after that will be invited to start receiving Communion with you.
  2. The second is when you complete the remaining modules. Your child will have an opportunity to express their agreement with the truths they have learned and make a public profession of faith. Traditionally, this step has been called Confirmation.
Does this replace CrossTraining for 6th graders?

Yes, for 6th grade only, there is no longer any CrossTraining class. Rather, families with 6th graders are invited and encouraged to get started with Family Catechism. There will continue to be CrossTraining for 2nd-5th graders at our De Pere Campus. Contact Tim Babler ([email protected]com) for more information about that program.

Does this replace Confirmation classes our 7th grader was going through last year?

Yes. But in order to handle this transition year, we are lining up the content areas with the same content plan that the previous program used. If you work through the materials we will be releasing this year, your child will be ready for the Lord’s Supper this winter and a profession of faith this spring.

My child was signed up last year. Do I still need to sign up?

Yes. As we are launching a new program, we need every family to sign up so that we don’t miss anyone! Please scroll up on this page to the blue portion, find “Family Catechism” and a registration link.

Wait, no due dates? When do I have to complete the program? The program is self-paced.
That means your family takes it as slowly or as quickly as you are comfortable with. We’ll still encourage you to regularly keep working through the program. We intentionally do not have due dates because in the past they have been a source of stress, kids have been pushed through before they are ready, and other kids have been held back when they could go further. Letting your family take it at your pace is the best way to make it fit for your family.
So when do we do things like First Communion and Profession of Faith?

You will hit those milestones when you complete the appropriate modules – it’s as simple as that.

Will people be finishing at different times then?

Yes. We expect that, just like we hold baptisms when a child is born rather than all at once on a single day of the year, we will have young people taking Lord’s Supper for the first time all throughout the year, and making professions of faith at different times as well. We will have more information at a later time about how to schedule those.

How can I stay connected with others in Family Catechism?

We have a St. Mark Catechism Families group you are invited to join!  Simply click here!

6 Modules of Luther's Small Catechism

As you work through the program, you will go through these six parts of Luther's Small Catechism: 1) Holy Communion, 2) Apostle's Creed, 3) Baptism, 4) The Ten Commandments, 5) Confession & Absolution, and 6) The Lord's Prayer.

After completing all six modules, children are invited to make a public declaration of faith, a statement saying they believe these truths because they have learned them and have been convinced they are true.

1. Holy Communion
  1. Holy Communion: The first module reviews our need for a Savior, how Jesus has saved us, and the gift of Holy Communion. This comes first because we believe that children should be prepared to take Communion as soon as they are ready. (On completion of this step, children are invited to begin taking Communion)
2. Apostle's Creed

2. The Apostles Creed: The second module takes a closer look at the truths Christians have been confessing for 2,000 years about who God is and what he has done for us.

3. Baptism

3. Baptism: The third module digs into the sacrament of Baptism, how the Holy Spirit works through it to create and strengthen faith, and why it is important to the life of a Christian.

4. The Ten Commandments

4. The Ten Commandments: The fourth module focuses on God’s moral law, as summarized in the Ten Commandments. We want to understand God’s will for our lives, and how Jesus has kept the Law on our behalf.

5. Confession & Absolution

Confession and Absolution: The fifth module will build on our understanding of God’s moral law by helping see the value of confessing our sins to one another, and hearing our fellow Christians speak the Gospel to us.

6. The Lord's Prayer

7. The Lord’s Prayer: The sixth and final module teaches us how to pray, using the prayer Jesus taught as a model and guide for our prayer lives.

Getting Started and Access to Materials

Our lessons use a mixture of Bible reading, video and audio, artwork, discussion prompts, guided activities and memory work to help families stay engaged and grow deeper.

Getting Started:

1. Buy a copy of Luther’s Small Catechism- and search for “Catechism” ~$20

2. Buy a copy of Luther’s Large Catechism- We recommend the study guide version sold by Concordia Publishing House.  Visit by searching “Large Catechism” ~$12.

3. Register here.


Access the Materials:

Canvas Online Platform: We use a digital learning platform called Canvas.  Access it here or by clicking on the red button below the heading.

Print Materials: Print PDF materials are an option for families who are not able to log onto an online platform.

When you register, you will indicate which method you prefer, but you are welcome to switch at any point.

We look forward to partnering with you as you raise disciples of Jesus in your home!

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