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Youth and Families

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Holy Cross strives to provide Christian education opportunities for all ages. See below for our 2020 programs and ways to get connected!

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Sunday Morning Opportunities

  • Pre-K through 5th Grade: Join us in-person every 3rd Sunday of the month between services (9:15-10:15am) for our “Family Sunday” time together in the back field (gym if inclement weather).
    • Each Family Sunday will consist of a simple liturgy including songs, a theme verse, object lesson, and a simple craft or activity for families to do together.
    • Bring along a camp chair/picnic blanket to sit on the grass or parking lot.
    • We’ll maintain social distancing when outside, so masks will not be required.
    • Pre-packaged snacks and juice will be available for the kids.
    • Before you leave, be sure to pick up the take-home items for the next few weeks of Sunday school! Everything you need to go through the lessons at home will be provided.
    • Can’t make it to an in-person Family Sunday? Stop by the church any time during open office hours to pick up your materials, or contact DCE Intern Dana and we would be happy to bring them directly to you!
  • 6th-8th Grade:
    • What: Bible study for middle schoolers covering various topics based on student interest (studying books of the Bible, hot topics/big questions, key faith concepts, doctrine, worldview, dating/relationships, vocation, etc.)
    • When: Every Sunday morning from 9:15-10:15am
    • Where: In the junior high youth room, located in the lower hall of Holy Cross
    • Who: For all students 6th-8th grade or equivalent age, led by seminary students Vincent Otto and Owen Duncan
      A maximum of 5 students may join in-person. Youth may join online as well using the link below:
      Meeting ID: meet.google.com/bgw-zujs-wev
      …or by dialing in via phone:
      (‪US‬) ‪+1 219-515-4322‬, PIN: ‪675 782 102#‬
  • 9th-12th Grade:
    • What: Bible study for high schoolers covering various topics based on student interest (studying books of the Bible, hot topics/big questions, key faith concepts, doctrine, worldview, dating/relationships, vocation, etc.)
    • When: Every Sunday morning from 9:15-10:15am
    • Where: In the senior high (LYF) youth room, Room 11, located in the lower hall of Holy Cross
    • Who: For all students 9th-12th grade or equivalent age, led by DCE Intern Dana Otto
      A maximum of 10 students may join in-person. Youth may join online as well using the link below:
      Meeting ID: meet.google.com/swc-cngn-bey
      …or by dialing in via phone:
      (‪US‬) ‪+1 919-590-5440‬, PIN: ‪245 196 718#‬

Midweek Opportunities

  • 3rd-6th Grade: Online Bible study with Ms. Shana Ziolko every Wednesday night, 6:45-8pm. Click or tap on the link below to join:
    meet.google.com/guz-diik-tds
    …or dial in via phone:
    (‪US‬) ‪+1 561-408-9348‬, PIN: ‪333 404 147#‬
  • Junior & Senior High: As of right now, we will not have regularly scheduled midweek Bible studies, unless interest in meeting is expressed by students. Occasional small group events and Bible studies may pop up, so check back regularly at the “Upcoming Events” section below and follow our social media pages for updates!
  • 20’s & 30’s/Young Adults: Join us every other week on Thursday nights from 6:30-8pm for a time of fellowship and Bible study, “Spiritual Disciplines: Christian Living Through the Holy Spirit” led by Brian Belter. This group meets in the Gym, as well as online through GoogleMeet using the link below:
    meet.google.com/egh-xdgg-yai 


Confirmation Program

At the start of the Small Catechism, Luther wrote: “As the head of the household should teach” and went on to give explanations, in short form, about the chief parts of our life of faith. The goal of our confirmation curriculum is primarily to develop and enrich the knowledge and ownership of faith in a confirmand, and to help families have those key conversations about faith. Holy Cross currently operates on a 2-year Confirmation program for 7th & 8th graders.

The confirmation teaching/learning process for 2020-2021 consists of three main components. Each month, the confirmand will…
◊ Spend about 20 minutes reading Scripture and the Catechism and answering some questions together with their parents using a Google Form.
◊ Work towards memorizing Scripture and some parts of the Catechism and reviewing their memory work with their family’s assigned Elder.

◊ Meet one-on-one with their assigned Confirmation counselor (one of the pastors or the DCE intern). These meetings will allow the counselor to check in with the confirmand and their parents regarding the material covered that month, as well as to develop an ongoing relationship based in prayer and support as the confirmand grows in their faith and knowledge throughout the year.

If you do not know who your assigned counselor or your family’s Elder is, please contact Pastor Meyer.

Below is a month to month schedule showing which part of the catechism we are covering, as well as expectations for each month. If you have any questions about those things, please feel free to email Pastor Meyer.
At this time, we are planning to celebrate First Communion with our 8th Grade students on Maundy Thursday (Thursday of Holy Week), the night on which we celebrate the first institution of the Lord’s Supper. The Rite of Confirmation will be held later, towards the end of the school year (early-mid May). Stay tuned for more information and specific dates regarding these celebrations.

Upcoming Events

Want to automatically stay up to date on the latest events? Check out our Google Calendars for each of our age groups.  Click or tap on the event for more details, and hit the + Google Calendar icon to automatically add all the events to your family’s calendar!

You can also subscribe to our weekly e-mail newsletter to receive the latest information and updates on what’s going on with all of our youth programs.

Listed below are also links to each individual age group’s calendar and a summary of the type of events offered.

Click here to view the PreK-5th Grade Calendar.
Kids in Christ
(the KIC Group) is for the Preschool through 5th Grade children of our congregation. Many of the KIC events are also Sunday School events, so you may hear the names KIC and Sunday school used interchangeably. This group meets for Sunday school classes in-person every 3rd Sunday of the month in the back field or the gym, as well as online on Wednesday nights for midweek Bible study (3rd-6th grade).

Click here to view the 6th-8th Grade Calendar.
The Lord Explorers are “Built Lord Tough” and provide fellowship and faith development for youth in grades 6-8. The name “Lord Explorers” is used interchangeably with junior high or middle school youth group. This group meets on Sunday mornings for Bible study, as well as for other occasional special activities and events, including retreats and mission trips.
7th & 8th grade students are eligible to participate in our Confirmation program. 6th graders are invited to join the online midweek Bible study with the older KIC youth. 

Click here to view the 9th-12th Grade Calendar.
Lutheran Youth Fellowship/Live Your Faith (LYF) is our high school youth group. This group meets for Sunday morning Bible studies, as well as occasional other special activities and events, including retreats and mission trips.

Click here to view the Young Adult Calendar.
Whether you’re fresh out of high school, in college, post-grad or in the workforce, married or single, guy or gal – all are welcome in the Young Adults/20s & 30s group. This group meets on Thursday evenings for dinner and a Bible study, as well as occasional other special activities and events.

Many of our events are designed for all ages – click here to view the All Youth & Families Calendar


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