Youth Ministries

St. Mark offers a variety of opportunities for kids of all ages

Youth Ministries Update from Tim Babler

Children's Church

Sundays 8am on Facebook. Starting Oct. 18, in-person the 3rd Sunday/each month at 9am De Pere service for children ages 4 through 2nd grade.

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CrossTraining

(2nd-5th grade) Wednesday evening Bible training for public school and homeschooled students.

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Rooted to the Rock

"Bashes" open to all 5th-8th grade students. Our purpose is to reach more kids in the name of Jesus in an edifying and fun way!

Kids for Christ

(K-4th grade) kids enjoy crafts, games, activities and a devotion the first Friday of the month. (See Church Calendar)

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.

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Little Lambs Nursery

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

Children's Church Online

It's time for Children's Church!

Online Children's Church

Family Catechism 2020-2021

We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord,
his power, and the wonders he has done.
-Psalm 78:4

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.

Meanwhile, 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.
  • 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 have an opportunity for digging deeper into key concepts, answering questions, and getting extra guidance on teaching in the home.
  • Material Updates. We will be looking for your feedback on the materials, and we will update them as needed to make them as useful for your family as possible.
  • Availability. We are always available to answer questions and provide additional guidance.
  • Feedback on Lessons. As you work through the materials, you will have the opportunity to submit work and receive feedback from our staff or a trained volunteer to help you be sure you’re on the right track.

Your 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

The materials for our Catechism program are drawn straight from Scripture, and modeled after the structure 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
  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.

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

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.

Access the Materials:
Online Platform: As of 2020, we are using a platform called Canvas, a digital learning platform used by some of the most successful online college programs in the nation. Don’t let that intimidate you – this just means it is designed to be easy to use and help you learn without struggling with the technology.

Print Materials: For families that have enough digital learning through school, or simply do not want to have to log on to an online platform, can receive all the materials in print or PDF form.

Whichever method you choose, we will continue to provide support and encouragement and help along the way. When you register, you will have the opportunity to indicate which method you would prefer, but you are welcome to switch at any point.

Getting Started:
1. Buy a copy of Luther’s Small Catechism, which will be a helpful resource for you and your child as you work through the program (we recommend you go to www.nph.net and search for “Catechism” ~$20).

2. Buy a copy of Luther’s Large Catechism, a resource that will help you as a parent better prepare to guide your child (don’t be fooled by the name, it’s not a big book! We recommend the study guide version sold by Concordia Publishing House, which you can find at www.cph.org by searching “Large Catechism” ~$12).

3. Register. Click here to register for the program.

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

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