Some milestones we celebrate are Sacraments that we at Our Saviour’s honor as important and fundamental to our worship service. These include baptism, first communion, and affirmation of baptism (aka confirmation). You can find more information about these wonderful programs here.
What is Milestone Ministry?
Milestones Ministry provides a faith milestone as a marker along life’s journey that says, “This is something important, and God is here, too.” It is a faith formation practice for both home and congregation that helps all generations recognize God’s presence in everyday life.
We recognize milestones as an important aspect of ministry because our Lutheran faith tells us that “Home is Church”. When we participate in milestones, we are partnering with the families and households to walk with them, outreach into the larger community, and allows people to experience faith in their daily lives a little bit deeper. All of this we do to fulfill the baptismal promises that the church made.
When you are talking about baptism, at Our Saviour’s we partner the newly baptized with a Splash! Sponsor. This person is someone who will be present at the baptism, will follow up with you for 3 years after baptism, and be another connection point with the congregation.
You can choose your own sponsor or we can find someone for you. Their role is to send notes, send cards, check in with the family, and to be an advocate for the newly baptized within the church.
For more information on Baptism, see Baptism, Communion, & Affirmation of Baptism
At Our Saviour’s, we want to support parents in fulfilling a baptismal promise (to place in their hands the holy scriptures).
When a youth enters our education program, from Pre-Elementary to 5th grade, they will receive the Whirl! Storybook Bible. We ask that parents talk to the church office to receive that Bible in the fall, or when they enter if after Bibles have been given out.
At 3rd grade, we no longer give out a Bible. However, if parents would like a full Bible at reading level, we have the Adventure Bible to purchase at a discounted price. These are available year-round from the church office for $15.
When youth enter our education program, from 6th to 12th grade, they will receive the NRSV Student Bible. Again, we ask that parents talk to the church office to receive that Bible in the fall, or when they enter if after Bibles have been given out.
Friends in Faith
For high school youth with the desire to publicly affirm their baptism, Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church offers a wonderful program with a strong history. We call this program Friends in Faith.
Friends in Faith is a 9-month long mentoring ministry. Each student is paired with an authentic and affirming adult with whom they meet twice a month. With your Friend in Faith, participants prepare for Affirmation of Baptism by:
- Participating in monthly large group meetings on the 2nd Sunday of each month, September through May.
- working on monthly projects, which will be discussed in monthly large group meetings.
- Preparing a “faith project” to share at a banquet in October of the following year.
- Participating in our annual Summer Rock Climbing trip at Devil’s Lake State Park.
Our church is always excited for you to participate in this final step to prepare for your Affirmation of Baptism.
Find out all the things we at Our Saviour’s do to celebrate and honor a graduation milestone here.