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Christian Education

Christian Education

Our Redeemer is a community of lifelong learners and we provide many opportunities for all to grow in God’s Word.

On Sunday mornings, we offer rich curricula in children’s Sunday School, Catechism, and Adult Bible Class. Throughout the year, we host a variety of other programs such as Adult Information classes, and Women's Bible studies.

Come and be a lifelong disciple of Christ with us!

Our education Hour is held immediately following service. Sunday School is for children from age 3 through High School. Confirmation is for grades 6 thru 8. Our education hour is held after Sunday service until 11:30AM.  During that time parents are encouraged to join Pastor for  Adult Bible Class (ABC) for an in depth study of our faith, to make it a true education hour for all.

Our Christ-centered curriculum, Growing in Christ, covers the Bible in three years, creating a biblical foundation for lifelong learning. Growing in Christ follows a same-age classroom model, so students are divided into three classes: Pre-K/Kindergarten, Grades 1 - 2, and Grade 3+. As they grow in faith alongside their peers, the children explore the Bible, draw connections to the Small Catechism, and learn the traditions of the Lutheran Church.

Our classes are team-taught by adult volunteers who are passionate about teaching our children the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

The Sunday School year runs from September through May. Weekly classroom lessons follow Divine service until 11:30AM, with a calendar noting special classes or events.

As Christians, we believe that The Bible is the inspired Word of God, and accordingly, we need to have a stronger understanding of what God expects of us as individuals as is revealed in His Word. Therefore, as practicing Christians, we should seek at all times to increase our knowledge of God’s Word by studying it.

In this regard, our church has established a Christian Education Hour that immediately follows Divine Service so that those who choose will have an opportunity to attend the Adult Bible Class which covers a wide variety of subjects. Adult Bible Class (ABC) affords all who attend with a choice to simply listen and ponder upon the thoughts of the day, ask questions, or engage in discussion.

Other Adult Bible Study Groups also meet at various times during the week to discuss how God’s word can assist us in learning more about Jesus as we sit together at the foot of the cross. Please consult the church calendar regarding dates and times of weekday study groups.

Confirmation in the Lutheran Church is a public profession of faith prepared for by long and careful instruction. In English, it is called "affirmation of baptism", and is a mature and public reaffirmation of the faith which "marks the completion of the congregation's program of confirmation ministry".

For over nearly five centuries, the Small Catechism has served as the basic instruction book for the church bearing the name of the great Reformer, Martin Luther. Its staying power goes beyond love for tradition. The Catechism directs us to clear passages from God’s Word. It distinguishes carefully between the two chief teachings of the Bible: the Law and the Gospel. It also points to the only source for spiritual life, the Means of Grace: the Word and Sacraments. Students of the Catechism should be led to see the importance of the truths from God’s Word for their lives and should grow in their deep appreciation for all that the Lord Jesus Christ has done as their Savior.

The Catechism is divided into six chief parts:

Part 1: The Ten Commandments

Part 2: The Apostles Creed

Part 3: The Lord’s Prayer

Part 4: Baptism

Part 5: The Office of the Keys and Confession

Part 6: The Lord’s Supper

Also included are:

Prayers for Daily Use

Table of Duties

Christian Questions and Answers

Adult Information Classes are a multiple week course taught by our Pastor that provides a lasting framework for spiritual growth as Lutherans. This class provides an overview of our church’s beliefs, with a focus on showing where these teachings are found in the Bible. It also gives you an opportunity to ask any questions you might have about what we believe and why.  

Whether you are considering membership here at Our Redeemer, have been a member for some time, or are just curious about what we believe, Adult Information Classes will offer you insight into our faith.

This class serves as preparation for becoming a confirmed member of Our Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church — but everyone is welcome to attend the class, without any obligation to join.  The class can also serve as a refresher for those who are already members. Using Luther’s Small Catechism as the lens through which to understand the Bible, we examine key tenets of our faith including the Ten Commandments, the Lord’s Prayer, the Creed, the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, Confession, and the Sacrament of the Altar (Communion).

We also discuss aspects of our congregation in particular and of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod to which our congregation belongs.

This course is offered throughout the year and is a great opportunity for fellowship with a small group of people growing in the foundations of our Christian faith.

Contact our office (office@orelc.org) to sign up for the next session.

Biblical Reference

How much better to get wisdom than gold! To get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.

Proverbs 16:16