“How earnestly God commanded us to teach our children."
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther, 1546
The following Christian education and faith formation (Sunday School) activities are currently taking place online or via Zoom. Please join us!
Virginia Synod VBS - River of Life
from July 18-22
At Home VBS with the Virginia Synod July 18-22! Travel down the River of Life with ELCA World Hunger. Daily emails with videos will be sent to explore the stories. Find out more.
The Virginia Synod offers many programs throughout the year for youth and young adults. More information about these events and registration forms can be found here.
Kairos is our week-long faith formation event for rising 9th-12th graders. The 2021 event is tentatively scheduled for June 27 - July 2, 2021 (at Roanoke College if in person or online otherwise). Click here for more information.
Any adult is invited to attend this class which currently meets on Sundays at 10 am via Zoom. Participants work together to select study themes and materials; class discussions are led by several facilitators. We are currently discussing Amy Jill Levine's Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parable of a Controversial Rabbi - please check the calendar for each week's topic. To obtain the Zoom link, please email the Church Office Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Persons who identify as male are invited to gather on Friday mornings by Zoom from
8 - 9 am for prayer, mutual support, and to discuss insights into the Gospel reading for each coming Sunday. To obtain the Zoom link, please email the Church Office Manager (email@example.com).
Persons who identify as female are invited to join Pastor Monica and gather on Thursday evenings by Zoom at 7 pm for fellowship, prayer, encouragement and book discussions.
Pastor Monica & Pastor Michelle of St Michael Lutheran are currently leading a study that explores the origins and history of how the Bible came to be, and what God is saying to us through Scripture. This 3-part study features contemporary Biblical scholars sharing their insights on DVD and participants receive a workbook. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Pastor Monica offers instruction on
the Christian faith and the Lutheran church denomination; preparing for the holy sacraments of baptism and first communion; and a review of Lutheran doctrine for
persons who transfer to the Blacksburg area, as preparation for membership at
Luther Memorial. Please contact Pastor Monica for more information.
The following programs are not currently being held since our
Luther Memorial campus in Blacksburg is closed due to the Covid-19 crisis. They will resume again when it is safe to gather in-person.
Parents are encouraged to grab an Activity Bag for their young children. Activity Bags are filled with coloring sheets and crayons for use during worship. If you need to comfort your child, we provide a quiet room off the Sanctuary where you may listen to worship.
During Sunday worship, Pastor Monica invites children through age 11 to participate in a weekly Children’s Sermon, then they are escorted into Fellowship Hall for Children’s Church, led by volunteers. Children’s Church blends story, drama, music, cooking and art projects to illustrate each week’s Gospel reading. Children are escorted back to the Sanctuary prior to Holy Communion.
Confirmation instruction led by Pastor Monica is designed to teach middle-schoolers about the Bible and the Lutheran faith, including
God’s baptismal covenant, the sacrament
of Holy Communion and how to live as a Christian in an ever-secular world. Our Confirmation program engages students in vibrant ways through retreats, Campfirmation at LutheRidge, teaching partnerships with
area ELCA congregations, and a special Confirmation Project.
This adult Christian education class gathers in Fellowship Hall
on Sunday mornings at 9 am to study a variety of Christian topics. Video presentations often complement the book studies used by this class.
Pastor Monica leads our Senior High youth in a casual discussion format designed to prepare young Christians for entry into the larger world. Topics include Peer Pressure; Global Activism; Poverty & Social Justice; Teen Suicide; and more. This class also supervises a Kiva Micro-Loan program, lending funds to small business owners in Third-World nations.
This group meets weekly on Thursdays at 10 am in the Parish Life Center Conference Room (entrance is marked by “Offices” awning). Course topics include Great Courses video studies on key events described in scripture and recorded in history.