Faith Formation: Youth and Adult
- The mission of the Christian Education Committee is to develop, promote, and conduct the teaching and educational life of the congregation. It embraces a variety of educational methods to bring the ministry of the Gospel to the children, youth and adults of our congregation.
Adult Faith Formation
Sundays 9:00-10:00 am Fireside Room
- Adult Education: The ELCA statement, “Our Calling in Education,” expresses the idea that God calls us to “educate people in the Christian faith for their vocation and to strive with others to ensure that all have access to high-quality education that develops personal gifts and abilities and serves the common good.” This calling is rooted in a Lutheran legacy that values education for all people in both church and society. At Valley of Peace, that means faith formation does not end at 12th grade. We provide an opportunity for adult education and community. Join us Sunday mornings in the Fireside Room from 9-10 am for Adult education forum.
Wednesdays 6:30-7:30 pm
At baptism, parents make promises to their children: “… to live with them among God’s faithful people, bring them to the word of God and the holy supper, teach them the Lord’s Prayer, the Creed and the Ten Commandments, place in their hands the holy Scriptures, and nurture them in faith and prayer, so that their children may learn to trust God, proclaim Christ through word and deed, care for others and the world God made, and work for justice and peace.” At their affirmation of baptism, confirmands are asked to make this promise for themselves.
The process of preparing students to make these promises takes many forms at Valley of Peace. We have regular classroom time where we discover and explore the Bible, the Ten Commandments, Lutheran theology, and so much more. We also spend one Wednesday a month with our Wildfire partner churches doing service opportunities or having fun out in the community. Our confirmation program also includes time with our adult mentors around tables in conversation.
1st Wednesday of the Month: Wildfire Fun and Service Opportunities
2nd Wednesday of the Month: Classroom time (Valley of Peace Fireside room)
3rd Wednesday of the Month: Mentor Tables (Valley of Peace Fellowship Hall)
4th Wednesday of the Month: Classroom Time (Valley of Peace Fireside Room)
Students are also asked to complete a Confirmation Portfolio. It is our hope that in completing the Confirmation portfolio, students will gain an understanding of service, word, Christian community, Lutheran theology, and commit to a life of learning and discipleship.
HS Youth Group (Grade 9-12)
Along with our regularly combined youth group outings, fundraisers, trips, and service opportunities, the high school youth meet once a month on the 3rd Sunday for conversation, Bible study, food, and fellowship around topics of their choosing. We meet from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm leaving plenty of time for homework Sunday night.
Valley of Peace has a strong partnership with Camp Wapogassett in Amery, WI. Every summer children grades 2-12 have the opportunity to learn more about God through word, friends, and nature. TIM Team is a leadership development opportunity for Senior High youth. TIM teamers commit to one year of service as leaders in their home congregations working primarily with younger youth. TIM Teamers will spend time at both Ox Lake and Camp Wapo during the 6 day experience.
Valley of Peace is committed to protecting our most vulnerable. A link to our Misconduct and Abuse Prevention Policy is below. All employees and volunteers working with our children and youth must read and accept our policy. Employees and volunteers are required to submit a background check per the requirements of the policy.