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Youth And Children's Ministries

The Youth and Children’s programs at St Mark offer the younger members of the congregation various opportunities to participate in worship, as well as fun fellowship events so that everyone can feel a part of our congregational family.

Worship

Youth are invited to participate in the weekly worship service in a variety of ways:
  • Serving as acolyte
  • Ministry of grape juice for communion
  • Playing music during communion
There are also various special events and groups in which youth may participate.
  • Our Children’s Choir (K-5th grade) meets before Sunday School (8:45-9:00 am) and performs during service on special occasions such as Palm Sunday and periodically throughout the year.
  • The drama ministry group (all ages) develops skits and presentations to reinforce and enhance the worship message.
  • The Christmas program is presented entirely by the congregational youth.

Fellowship

Kids’ Rock

Kids’ Rock is a children’s group that meets monthly and is primarily for Kindergarten through 6th Grade. The mission of this group is to provide a Christian environment where kids can have fun, learn to serve others, and build relationships with their peers.

Junior & Senior High School Group

This group meets for various fun activities. Recent events have included:
  • Games & Pizza Night
  • Movie Night
  • Ropes Course
  • Bowling
  • Float trip

Special Events

St Mark youth participate in various events that go beyond the immediate congregation:
  • Rend Lake Youth Gathering (grades 6-12)
  • Little Egypt Lutheran Camp (grades 4-8 and 9-12)
  • Leadership Lab http://www.leadershiplab.net
  • ELCA National Youth Gathering http://www.elca.org/gathering/home.html
  • Central States Synod Youth Convo http://www.css-elca.org/youthactivities.html

Nursery


The nursery is available to children up to age 5 during Sunday School and Worship Service as well as during special events (as needed).
Families are welcome to use the nursery or to keep their children in the Sanctuary during Worship according to their needs and wishes.





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