Capture a child’s heart and their mind will follow. 

As children enter our doors, our primary focus is LOVE.  Experiencing the love that God provides, while feeling connected, helps each child grow spiritually. Once that spirit is captured it becomes easy to see their place in God’s world while beginning to spread their own special kind of love to others.

Vacation Bible School 2023

Stellar! Shine Jesus' Light

Get ready for an out of this world adventure! This summer we will launch your child on a cosmic quest to shine Jesus’ light wherever they go. When life feels dark, when people don’t get along, when good things happen, when people are sad, and when people need help, this faith-building week will provide light years of the goodness and guidance of God!

Join us:

  • June 5-9 (Week 1): Ages 3 year old by June 1st, 4/5 year olds, and those going into Kindergarten through 1st Grade in the Fall of 2023
  • June 12-16 (Week 2): Those going into 2nd Grade through 6th Grade in the Fall of 2023 and Special Needs Students.
  • Time:  9 AM - 12 PM each week
Registration begins:  February 25th online at 8 AM

VBS 2023: Stellar: Shine Jesus' Light

Sunday School at Southwood

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What does Sunday School look like?

We offer Sunday School at the 8:30, 9:45 and 11:00 AM worship hours for children ages 3 years old through 5th Grade. Children first gather in age-appropriate classrooms at the beginning of each hour then join other classes for our Large Group experience. In Large Group we sing songs and tell the Bible story in an engaging style. Back in the classroom we focus on connecting the Bible point of the day with interactive crafts, games and lively discussion.

Sunday School Details

Sunday School Outreach

photo: students at Uswaa English Medium Academy in Tanzania

Sunday School Winter Mission Project

Let's Build a School in Tanzania, Africa!

Our sister church in Tanzania is building a new school for their Uswaa English Medium Academy.  They are currently housing over 300 students ages 3 through 3rd Grade inside the church and a small building nearby.  They are literally holding classes in the choir loft and have run out of room.  The hope is to expand the school so that they can grow up to Grade 6.

Let’s help them build that space so more children can be given the gift of education! Our mission team will be visiting in June and we would love to send them with a generous donation.

Goal: $2,500 
Donate below by selecting the "Miscellaneous Payments" Fund. In the note, please write "Sunday School Outreach".

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Family Serving Opportunities

Serving others is part of Southwood’s mission statement so what better time to start when your children are young! Beyond the local opportunities that families can already participate in, we will have a special serving event during the Sunday School Year. Keep tuned for this year’s event!

Faith Milestones

Birth

To celebrate these precious gifts from the Lord a pewter crib cross is provided to new parents with a special blessing. We also announce new babies and adopted children in our Sunday bulletin.

1st Birthdays are so special!

Parents will receive a birthday card in the mail around their child's first birthday, congratulating them on this milestone. Parents can bring this card to Education Station to pick up a faith-filled board book to celebrate being a part of God’s family!

2nd Birthday

Parents can mark this milestone by giving their 2-year-old their first Bible. This is a beautiful Storybook Bible that is used in our Sunday School so that children will already be familiar with the stories when they start at age 3.

It’s Sunday School time!

To create an easy and fun transition, 3-year-old’s and their parents are invited on a very special scavenger hunt to learn about the church and the Education area prior to fall Sunday School kick off!

Preschool through Kindergarten First Communion Workshop

We welcome all to Holy Communion and recognize that children of all ages can grow in their relationship with Jesus by communing with their family. By providing a First Communion class created specifically for young children and their parents, a family can make the decision as to when their child is ready to begin communing. Classes are held biannually.

Elementary First Communion Workshop

The conversation continues to introduce young children to Holy Communion with its welcoming message: there's a place for you! Created specifically for Elementary-aged children, this class explores the holy meal by actually making the communion bread, tasting the wine and discovering more about what it means to commune. Classes are held biannually.

3rd Grade Bible Workshop

As children enter the 3rd Grade, a workshop for children and their parents will help them begin to navigate the Bible and all of the beautiful wisdom it inspires. At the completion of the workshop, they are gifted the Colaborate Lutheran Student Bible that we ask they bring with them to Sunday School.

5th Grade Blessing Celebration

On the last day of Sunday School, we will celebrate our graduating Elementary children as they take the next step into Confirmation. Parents are welcome to join us as we will have a special blessing for these children of God!

Faith Milestones

Special Events

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Vacation Bible School

The best part of the year is the first two full weeks in June - VBS!

VBS Details

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Advent Festival

Kick off the season of Advent with a festival for kids! 

Advent Festival Details

photo: Summer Children's Message

Summer Children's Message

Although we take a break from Sunday School in the summer, we delight in calling the children up at a special time during Worship. So many things to discuss and delightful children’s thoughts to witness—we all end up learning so much more about our wonderful God!

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Children & Family Ministry Staff

Deb Raatz

Director of Children & Family Ministry

office: 402-423-5511