Weekly Bible Studies

Lectionary Bible Study - Saturday Mornings @ 10am:

All are invited to this Bible Study in Zion’s dining room. We will study the lectionary readings to prepare our hearts for Sunday morning's Divine Service. Studies will also be streamed online here. These classes tend to last until 11:30 or noon, which allows plenty of time for questions and conversation.

 

Topical Bible Study - Sundays Mornings @ 9:30am:

All adults as well as older children who have completed their catechesis are invited to study the Scriptures with the pastor in dining room. This is usually a topical study. Classes tend to be more focused and wrap up at 10:15.

 

Sunday School for Children

Sundays @ 9:30am [September-June]

Christian education for children of all ages starts at the same time as Bible Study so whole families can study God’s Word every Sunday. Supervision is provided even for toddlers, so all parents can attend Bible Study.

Children are split up according to age and ability and meet in the Family Room, Library, or Children’s Room for class with one of our Sunday School teachers. Classes work through the big stories of the Bible, practice the catechism, and pray together. After the lesson children are given supervised free time together as a break before the Divine Service.

The children’s time is guided by the saying, "When we work, we work; when we play, we play; when we rest, we rest; when we pray, we pray."

Catechesis & Confirmation

Adults seeking confirmation will attend the 12 week intensive Core Catechesis class offered at the beginning of every year.

Children growing up at Zion are provided more extensive catechesis. After they have finished the Pilgrim’s Progress catechism they will be ready for our confirmation course. The 3-years course includes Old Testament history & theology, New Testament history & theology, and a deeper look at the Small Catechism and our Lutheran Confessions.

Throughout this time they will also:

  • learn to use and understand our liturgy,
  • be trained to help with Altar Guild or serve as Acolytes,
  • engage in mercy work both inside and outside the congregation,
  • and learn more of their distinct Lutheran heritage through Reformation history.

After completing the full three year course, the child is formally examined and confirmed. Once confirmed, children would start attending regular "adult" Bible study classes, having all the foundational knowledge they need to engage in the class, whatever their age is when they complete the course.

In short, the catechumens of Zion will grow both in and into the faith and the life of the church, rather than "graduating" or growing out of Sunday school or confirmation classes. By the time they finish, they will have a solid devotional life at home they can continue throughout their life:

  • They will be Biblically literate, equipped with both "memory verses" and a mastery of the salvation story as a whole.
  • They will know our distinct Lutheran theology, and so can discern true biblical teachers from false.
  • They will also already be integrated into the life, service, and responsibilities of church membership—Zion won’t be just “their parents’ church,” but truly their own.

In this program, we equip not just the child, but the whole family (and thus the whole congregation into the future!) to endure in the faith to the resurrection.