Milestones Ministry provides a faith milestone as a marker along life’s journey that says, “This is something important, and God is here, too.” It is a faith formation practice for both home and congregation that helps all generations recognize God’s presence in everyday life.
Each Milestone features three important components:
A cross+generational event – This will be a time to come together to learn about the milestone through an engaging, hands-on experience. It will include at least two generations.
Celebrate in worship – This is when we lift up the milestone amongst the community of faith. This part of the Milestone usually takes place during worship and includes a special blessing and gift. It is a time when the children and families are surrounded by the love and support of the worshipping community.
Homegrown Faith – Homegrown Faith supports the milestone in the home. Each family is encouraged to continue to celebrate and grow in faith as a family through taking part in the four keys of nurturing faith: caring conversations, family devotions, service and rituals and traditions.
Milestones Observed at Central Lutheran
3 years – Entering Sunday School
Entering Sunday School is a big step for parent and child. Children need assurances that Sunday School is a safe place and parents need to know that Sunday School is a ministry that partners with the home to pass on faith, values and character formation. Children and parents come together to remember Baptismal promises and to receive preschool story Bibles.
Going to school for the first time carries with it challenges, anxieties, hopes and opportunities that fill the lives of children and parents with many diverse emotions and wonderments. This event reminds children that God’s steadfast love goes with them into Kindergarten.
Many congregations give Bibles to children in the third grade. This is in direct response to the promises of baptism. Children and parents come together around God’s Word as they use, read, study and play in the Bible. Children not only receive Bibles, but are encouraged to use them together with their families.
Children and parents come together to reflect more deeply about the significance of Holy Communion in their lives. It is a time of family, fun and joy, and a time to make lasting memories.
Catechism is an amazing part of the faith journey, a time to grow in knowledge and relationship with God. Pastors and youth ministry staff meet with each family individually to welcome youth and parents into the amazing adventure.
Ninth Grade–an Evening of Honor
Confirmation marks the commencement of a new chapter of involvement in the faith community and commitment to lifelong learning and serving in the body of Christ. Youth and parents gather for a formal dinner to honor this milestone.
High School Graduation
High School graduation is followed by important new choices for future life paths. This is a time for graduates, family and congregation to come together to help graduates take responsibility for deliberate plans in a continuing faith journey.