February Youth Events
Kids 4 Christ
K-4th grade kids enjoy crafts, games, activities and a devotion the first weekend of the month. Upcoming dates: Dec. 18, Jan. 15, Feb. 25, Mar. 25 and Apr. 22.parent registration
Rooted to the Rock
(5th - 8th grade) Monthly school year "bashes". Upcoming dates: Dec. 18, Jan. 15, Feb. 25, Mar. 25 and Apr. 22.parent registration
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.ASK TO JOIN
In-person the 1st-4th Sundays of each month at 9am & 10:30am De Pere services for children ages 4 through 2nd grade.Register
(2nd-5th grade) Wednesday evening Bible training for public school and homeschooled students.Register
A monthly youth group for high school-aged kids to gather around God’s Word, have fun, and grow in faith and community with one another.ask to join
(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.REGISTER
Little Lambs Nursery
Available to children ages 3 and under during Sunday worship services at our De Pere campus.
Family Catechism 2021-2022
At St. Mark, we believe the family is the center of spiritual formation. As leaders, our goal is to equip and support parents in this essential role. 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: engaging in family discussions, completing activities together, and memorizing Scripture as a family. The goal is that parents and children will grow deeper in faith and knowledge of God’s Word.
Our ministry staff will provide support in the form of:
- Parent Guides- We have developed companion materials for you as parents 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 work through the materials, you will submit work and receive feedback from our staff or a trained volunteer to ensure you’re on the right track.
6 Modules of Luther's Small Catechism
The program is made up of six modules, each corresponding to one of the six sections of Luther’s Small Catechism. As you work through the program, you will go through 1) Holy Communion, 2) Apostle's Creed, 3) Baptism, 4) The Ten Commandments, 5) Confession & Absolution, and 6) The Lord's Prayer.
At the completion of 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.
- 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. 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: 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: 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.
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.
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.
Your Family Catechism Questions Answered!
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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]
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.
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.
You will hit those milestones when you complete the appropriate modules – it’s as simple as that.
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.
We have a St. Mark Catechism Families group you are invited to join! Simply click here!
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.
1. Buy a copy of Luther’s Small Catechism- www.nph.net 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 www.cph.org 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!