Faith Formation for Children
Learn about the Bible with friends! During the school year, “Sunday School” starts at 10 a.m. on Sunday mornings in the sanctuary. Children leave for Faith Formation after the Children’s Time message and then they return in time to share Holy Communion with their families.
We have a single multi-age class (age 3 through fifth grade) that meets together during the sermon portion of the 10 a.m. worship service. All children are invited forward for the Children’s Time and then led to learn more about Jesus in a different setting.
During the summer we transition to one worship service at 9:30 a.m. Children gather again for Children’s Time and then are dismissed for Praise Play, a play time that begins with a thank you prayer and ends with popsicles! This program is intended for the same age group. Weather permitting we are outside for Praise Play.
All of our youth ministries focus on teaching the Christian faith to students from grades 6 through 12. Our High School youth (9-12th grades) meet on Sunday evenings for youth group. Our Confirmation Ministry is for all 6th through 8th graders, and we also meet on scheduled Sunday evenings. Our youth participate in service projects, fundraisers, and leading worship throughout the year. The picture to the right is from our High School Youth Trip this past July.
Through the promises we make at Baptism, we are all called into authentic ministry with children, youth and with each other. Sustainable ministry to youth is the result of a congregational investment in young people. The Church needs to pastor youth instead of “doing” youth ministry. This includes building authentic relationships with people where they are – at restaurants, schools, at soccer games – as well as teaching how to engage with God. It is about building relationships with people of all ages and intentionally creating safe spaces where questions and discussion about faith is encouraged – even difficult questions or doubts.
Hephatha Lutheran Church--Our Partner In Ministry
Bay Shore’s Hephatha Committee and members help meet the needs of families at our partner church, Hephatha Lutheran, at 17th and Locust in Milwaukee. The Committee coordinates the collection and delivery of donations for Meals in a Bag, Backpacks of school supplies, Christmas and Easter food baskets, Sunday luncheons, Mother’s Day boxes of candies, Summer Work Program snacks, and other items as needed. For over 20 years, we have supported our sister congregation, and have shared joint ministries and services.
Cover Girls Quilting Group
For 41 years, Bay Shore’s Cover Girls have made quilts for the needy, contributing 3531 quilts through Lutheran World Relief. They were featured in the September 17, 2018 issue of Living Lutheran magazine after hosting the Trinity Lutheran Quilters from New Holland, PA for a weekend of fun, sightseeing and fellowship. They meet at the church from 10 to 2 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month.
This book club meets 4-5 times a year on Sunday evenings for soup and a book discussion.
Our next gathering will be Sunday, Sept. 22 at 5 p.m. We will be discussing the book, News of the World, by Paulette Jiles. Our next book for October will be Holy Envy by Barbara Brown Taylor. Please connect with the Church Office for more information.
Adult Faith Formation
We provide several opportunities for adults during the school year to study God’s word and how it applies to our lives. Join us to discuss and learn in various ways, including Bible study, reading books, and discussing our faith.
Join us at one of our Adult Faith Formation opportunities:
The bible study meets the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month at 8:30 a.m in the church lounge.
The women’s bible study meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month at 9:15 a.m in the church lounge.
Adult Learning & Discovery on
This educational session is held most Sunday mornings at 9:15 a.m in the church lounge. Our next session will begin on Oct. 6.