We Learn

Growing in the knowledge of Jesus Christ

At Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, we learn together every day. we are blessed with many ways to learn about our risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. At PRLC, we believe in life-long learning. Because of this, we offer many opportunities for learning and growth to people of all ages.

Sunday Morning

We offer classes for every age group from preschool through high school between worship services from 10:00-10:50 am. Sunday school is not offered during the summer.
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Children and Family Ministries

Sunday School 2014 (cropped)

At its core, Children and Family Ministry is about Christian formation. The goal of Christian formation is not to create churchgoers but to raise up disciples of Jesus Christ. But this type of formation is not accomplished in a vacuum nor does it only take place on Sunday mornings. Disciples are formed, first and foremost, in the everyday lives of families where Baptismal promises can be lived out in a multitude of ways.

According to Martin Luther, parents are called to be apostles, bishops, and priests to their children, “for it is they who make them acquainted with the gospel. In short, there is no greater or nobler authority on earth than that of parents over their children, for this authority is both spiritual and temporal.”1 According to Luther, as priests and bishops to their children, parents have a twofold task: to nurture the faith of their children and to help them develop their gifts to serve others.

Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church is committed to helping parents be the apostles, bishops, and priests to their children though its ministry of Christian formation and pastoral care to all the families within the church community. This is a ministry that reaches out to all members of the body and finds its foundation in in the church’s corporate life. In a sense, this ministry is about planting seeds and tending vines that grow and flourish within the lives of each and every family.

Sunday school dramatic presentationTo this end Children and Family Ministry provides classes for faith development and community building for children and teens though the Sunday School program (Sunday mornings at 10am) and Bread for the Journey (Wednesday evenings). These programs…

  • Introduce children to the great Biblical dramas, connecting God’s Story with their own.
  • Help children learn to pray, showing them the reality of an inner realm where God speaks to them and through them.
  • Nurture children’s spiritual growth through time for discovery, music, drama, and art all in ways that are relevant to them at their particular stage of development.
  • Help children learn to love and serve as Jesus did and to live in community with others who are not “just like them.”
  • Give children the opportunity to share their own gifts and acts of love within the larger church community and in the world at large.
  • Help children learn to obey God, and through this they learn self-control and respect for themselves and others.
  • Introduce them to adult Christians beyond their nuclear family who also model the love of Christ and give them as safe place to explore and grow.

Vacation Bible School is offered to children who are 4 years old through entering 6th grade. For these five days each summer, children are encouraged to learn more about Jesus, how he loved and served and then to act on what they’ve learned. And they do this through Bible study, music, drama, art, outreach projects and field trips. This activity…Sunday school image (2)

  • Combines faithful formation with fun and service.
  • Welcomes the children from this congregation along with children from the neighborhood and others cities to grow together in an atmosphere of love and acceptance.

In addition to programs for children and youth Children and Family Ministry also sponsors events for the whole family of faith. These programs include…

  • St. Francis Day, All Saints’ Day, the Advent and Lent Events that call the entire Phinney family to learn and grow together though learning activities, projects, and opportunities for service.
  • Classes for the parents of newborns through teens that are offered to help families build Christian households and specialty programs like the Caregivers’ Circle are also offered to members of all ages.

Maundy Thursday (2)In conjunction with the Pastor, Children and Family Ministry also offers Holy Communion Preparation which, through a series of experiential classes, supplemented by take home materials, helps welcome children to the table of the Lord. This program helps all who attend to learn more about the liturgy while finding a place for themselves within it allows even young children to more fully join the larger congregation in the wonder, love, and praise that is worship.

 

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Birthdays and other special events are marked and celebrated. Talents are supported through attendance children’s’ school and extracurricular events.

Mentors and prayer partners are matched so that folks from different generations can get to know, prayer for, and lead one another through the journey that is our life in Christ.

Confirmation classes help young teens to articulate the faith in which they are growing and maturing.

The Phinney Phlames is a youth group for 4th and 5th grade students and provides them with a monthly event for fun, community building, and service.

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Sunday School

Sunday School classes meet on Sundays from 10-10:50 am during the school year. During this time of Christian formation all are welcome…

  • To be loved and nurtured in a safe and accepting environment.
  • To learn from lessons that are grounded in the Bible and Lutheran tradition, steeped in God’s love, and  shared in ways that are both age appropriate and fun.
  • To be guided by teachers who are trained, prepared, and committed to this ministry of Christian Formation.

 

Our Classes

PRE-KINDERGARTEN                      Room 303-304

Using the Godly Play curriculum, this class welcomes our youngest learners into a hand’s on experience with the great stories of our faith.

KINDERGARTEN- FIRST GRADE        Room  418

Faith formation continues with expanded use of the Godly Play curriculum as children experience great stories from scripture as they are remembered and celebrated throughout the church year.

SECOND – THIRD GRADE                Room 419

This class welcomes 2nd and 3rd graders to become Bible Explorers as they use maps, games, science experiments, and drama to discover the riches of Holy Scripture. This year they will be joining the early church as they follow the Acts of the Apostles.

FOURTH-FIFTH GRADE                   Room 301-302

Using storybooks as a springboard to a study of scripture, this class invites students into a deeper experience of growing faith and helps them make connections between what they learn and how they live.

MIDDLE SCHOOL              M/S RM -North end of Fellowship Hall

Using the film The Bible as a starting point for this discussion-based program, this class welcomes the young people in the 6th through 8th grades into an accepting community where questions are encouraged and everyone is valued.

HIGH SCHOOL           H/S RM -North end of Fellowship Hall

The great spiritual disciplines of prayer, worship, and service provide a springboard for teens to wrestle with concerns about daily life and questions of faith. This class gives teens the opportunity to explore these issues and their place in the world in a safe and nurturing environment.

* All youngsters in Pre-School through fifth grade begin Sunday School each week with exuberant praise through music led by Larry Burris and Joel Maier in Room 303-304.

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Bread for the Journey

Bread for the Journey is our Wednesday church night, featuring activities for all ages including education, meal, worship and choir rehearsals. BfJ returns on Wednesday, September 13, 2017.
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The Way

Asking questions about God, faith, or the Church? Lifelong Christian? Every faith journey is unique. The WAY encourages, challenges and invites a deeper life of faith. Contact Pastor Bryon Hansen if you’d like to be a part of this year’s process.
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For Adults

Learning is life long at Phinney. Sunday morning provides a number of adult education opportunities. Click on the link below to read about this season’s offerings.
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