Children and Youth Milestones for Blessing the Seasons of the Christian Life
At Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, we recognize, honor and bless the many developmental milestones our young people encounter on their faith journey, together with their parents. Many of the blessings aim to familiarize and equip parents with resources to continue celebrating the milestone at home for years to come. Partnership with parents to practice faith in the home is what we strive for.
One Year Olds – Blessing of Baptismal Anniversary
Celebrating and equipping families to celebrate their child’s baptismal anniversary at home each year.
Two Year Olds – Blessing and Welcoming Young People to Worship (COMING SOON)
Three Year Olds – Blessing for Entry into Sunday School Sunday, September 10
Welcoming our young ones into Sunday School and introducing them to the Worship & Wonder space.
Four Year Olds – Blessing of Our Gifts (COMING SOON)
Kindergartners – Blessing of Backpacks Sunday, August 6
Blessing our children’s transition into elementary school and equipping parents to bless the beginning of each new school year.
3rd Grade – Blessing of New Bibles Sunday, April 30
Honoring the transition from Worship & Wonder to 4th grade Sunday School, 3rd grade students are gifted their own Bible to use each week starting the following September.
4th Grade – Blessing of First Communion
Honoring and celebrating the sacrament of First Communion.
6th Grade – Blessing of Adolescence (COMING SOON)
7th grade – Blessing for Entry into Confirmation At-Home Visit (COMING SOON)
8th grade – Blessing for Confirmation Banquet Wednesday, May 31
Celebrating the accomplishments of two years in the Confirmation program and blessing the next stage of Christian life.
9th grade – Blessing upon Receiving a Learner’s Permit (COMING SOON)
11th Grade – Blessing for Discerning Our Vocation (COMING SOON)
12th Grade – Blessing upon Graduation Party
Celebrating the accomplishment of completing high school and equipping parents with
an at-home blessing to be done when the child leaves home.