****During the COVID-19 pandemic, Sunday School is via Zoom with mail in-home curriculum****

Sundays 10:15 – 11:00am you’ll hear young voices drifting into the hallways. Sunday School is in session! Pre-schoolers through eighth graders meet with qualified teachers to learn about the Bible and its stories. Classes generally include a lesson followed by a craft or activity that makes the lesson tangible. Students are always welcome to bring a friend.

From September through November an Old Testament story is taught each week. Advent begins right after Thanksgiving. The four Sundays of Advent, we discuss the events leading up to Jesus’ birth at Christmas, usually with special songs or programming. After the new year, lessons move into Jesus’ time on earth and what the apostles experienced. During Lent we teach the events that led up to Jesus’ death and resurrection. Our students know that Easter isn’t just about bunnies, but about our Lord coming back to life. Many New Testament lessons round out the year until we break for the summer.

Children are invited to attend First Communion classes in the spring of 3rd or 4th grade. Pastor Scott teaches them about the items in the altar area, why we have them, and what the bread and wine mean. He also explains they will be able to serve as acolytes and what’s involved. First Communion is held on a Sunday near the end of May.

Confirmation classes span two years, 7th – 8th grades. In the fall of 9th grade, the confirmands meet with our Pastor for about eight weeks. Confirmation is at the end of October on Reformation Sunday. As part of the ceremony, confirmands say how they will be involved at church, such as reading the lesson during worship or working in the food pantry. Confirmands are adult members of the congregation and are encouraged (not forced though!) to take up duties that appeal to their talents.

 

The Luther League at Triumphant Cross began as a fellowship ministry for tweens and teen between Grades 5-8.  The goal was to begin the building blocks of friendship and service through safe, fun, and enriching activities.  Meeting typically twice a month, the group of Middle School students enjoy time playing games, doing devotions, volunteering time, and forming friendships.  Fellowship building activities include fun and games at church (especially popular was flashlight tag in the dark), roller skating at the rink, Laser Tag mania,  bouncing off the walls at XtremeCraze, carving Jack-o-lanterns, getting lost in corn-maze, and rolling California Roll sushi.  Service activities included sorting and dating food pantry donations from the Boy Scouts of America and the Postal Food Drive and organizing the “turkey bags” for Thanksgiving. 2020 plans are underway to continue to build important bonds between the Luther League kids—to strengthen their faith, give them positive influences, and most importantly have fun.  New participants (including friends) and new volunteers are always welcome. Emily Howard is the Luther League Captain.

 

Now all the youth are in the tree together smiling.

You’ve come up through the ranks of Sunday School classes, you got confirmed at the beginning of 9th grade, and now you’re officially an adult member of the church. What’s next?  The E3 (Enrich, Energize & Equip) youth ministry is coordinated by Karen & Drew Mather.  Older teems meet regularly for fellowship, faith0building, and outreach. E3 youth are welcome at every level of involvement at TCLC. Youth sing in choir, play handbells, and teach Sunday School. Youth read the lessons during worship and serve as communion assistants. Anything you find older adults doing at church, you find youth alongside.

TCLC’s youth program is constantly changing according to the interests of its youth and the support of interested adult volunteers.  In the past E3 has led the Campaign for Coffee to support the Bread of Life Food Pantry, collected socks and underwear for Isaiah 58.  E3 and a crew of over forty volunteers picked up trash in the muddy parking lots of the NH Motor Speedway in Loudon.  Almost 2K was raised!