Milestone Ministries

Milestone ministries circle of eventsOver the last several years families have been participating in our ministry called —The Milestone Ministry for Children and Families. This ministry recognizes meaningful moments in our children’s lives and helps families mark and honor them in their faith journey. We have celebrated Milestones such as our children’s baptism, entering the Church School program, worshipping with our families, and receiving Bibles as third graders.

This ministry is family focused. Recognizing that the home is the primary place for faith formation, each family is given "helps" to guide their children as they journey with God. There have been family celebrations here at church centered on specific milestones. A special gift has been given to the children to mark the milestone. And a guide has been given to each family to use at home.

The idea of celebrating faith milestones is nothing new. God often directed the people to build up stones to remind them of God's place in their lives. Upon crossing into the Promised Land, God spoke to the people:

"Take twelve smooth stones from here out of the middle of the Jordan...and lay them down in the place where you camp tonight. ....when your children ask in time to come, "What do those stones mean to you?" then you shall tell them..." Joshua 4

We invite all families to participate in our Milestone Ministry this year. Here is a brief schedule of our planned events. More details will go out to each family as the event is near.

2015-2016 Milestone Ministry Calendar

  • September 9 and 12 – Four year-olds Sunday School Get-acquainted gathering
  • September 18, 5:45 - 7:15 p.m. – First Grade Milestone and Family Potluck “”Worshiping Together”
  • September 20, 9:30 a.m. – Welcome first graders to worship
  • October 18 at 9:30 a.m. – Bible Sunday for Third Graders at the 9:30 a.m. worship service. Third graders will receive their bibles in worship at 9:30, followed by a family gathering at 10:45 a.m..
  • October 24, 9:30-11 a.m. – Celebrating Our Baptism Milestone in the Social Hall. This event is for all families whose children have been baptized in the past two years, and who have not already attended an initial Faith Chest Baptism event.
  • November 15, 11:00 a.m. – Communion Workshop Milestone in Monteith Hall. This milestone is for all elementary age children and their families.
  • January 10 -February 7, 11:00 a.m. - “Amazing Stuff” Milestone “We are Made in the Image of God”. This milestone for fourth graders and meets weekly at 11:00 a.m.
  • April 17, 9:30 a.m. – Baptism Milestone event for families of 2nd graders
  • The Month of May – Fifth Graders “Reaching out in Mission” Milestone
  • July 24, 10:30 a.m. – Campers family gathering (gift and remembrance) Milestone
Milestone Ministry Gift Event

Celebrating Our Baptism

Faith Chest, dove milestone, baptism candle Parent gathering to decorate Faith Chest, semi-annually following a child’s baptism

Remembering Our Baptism

Letter, candle milestone  

Responding To Our Baptism

Letter, praying hands milestone  

Learning Together

4 year and young 5’s

Lamb and shepherds staff milestone, small treasure chest Get-acquainted session for entering 4 year olds the week before Church School starts in the fall. Early September

Exploring the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper

Kindergarten and older

Bread and cup milestone, Great Prayer card, Communion bookmark Communion Workshop
January

Worshipping Together

1st grade

1st Pres church milestone, church passport, church treasure hunt book Family potluck early in church school year. Mid September
Exploring the Sacrement of Baptism
2nd grade
Shell milestone Spring
Exploring the Word of God
3rd grade
Bible milestone, Good News Bible, Books of the Bible bookmark, Bible treasure hunt Giving of Bibles in worship, family event following. Fall
Learning We Are Made in the image of God
4th and 5th grade
Heart/person milestone, “Amazing Stuff” study 5 week classes for children and parents. Winter
Reaching Out Together in Mission
5th grade
heart/hand milestone Spring event focusing on a shared mission event such as feeding the hungry