Children's Ministry at Good Shepherd
Our youngest worshipers have a special place at Good Shepherd. Our Children’s Ministry focuses on all those 5th grade and younger to help them grow in their faith. This ministry is fun, energetic and always open to involvement from new volunteers. If you are interested in knowing more or helping with these great young people, please contact Lori Puttkammer.
Good Shepherd's Sunday School is for children who are three years old through 5th grade.
During the months of June - August, Sunday School meets during the 10:00 service, allowing children to go to Sunday School while parents attend worship. Summer Sunday School meets in Bethany Hall every Sunday.
During the regular program year, Sunday School meets during the 11:00 am service. On the first Sunday of the month, all Sunday School Students attend the beginning of worship. After the Children's Message is presented, the children are dismissed to the Narthex where they meet their teacher and go to their classroom. On other Sundays, children gather in Bethany Hall for a 20 minute group opening which is modeled after a worship service and then go to their classrooms to get hands on with the lesson for the day. Once a month, the opening message is delivered by The Good News Gang puppet ministry that is directed by Jan Nelson.
If you would like to enroll your child in Sunday School or get to know more about our Sunday School program, please contact Lori Puttkammer.
Early Childhood Ministry
Our Early Childhood Ministry is designed to support parents as they strive to raise their infants and toddlers to know Jesus. On Sundays at the 11:00 service, we have a staffed nursery close to the sanctuary where parents can leave their children while they worship. If you attend the 9:00 service, you are welcome to stay in the nursery with your child and can see the worship service on a television and hear the service through a speaker. Each child within this age range can also be enrolled in an e-newsletter that is emailed to the parents that offers faith building activities that can be done at home for your child's age level. In addition, activities for families with children in this age range are offered to allow opportunities to build friendships with each other and support each other. If you have questions about our Early Childhood Ministry, please contact Lori Puttkammer.
Good News Gang Puppet Ministry
There are many fellowship events that Good Shepherd hosts every year. While many of these events are targeted for families with children, people of all ages are welcome at every event. Some of our regular events are:
Trunk or Treat
Gingerbread House Decorating Night
Chicago Wolves Hockey Game
Windy City Thunderbolts Baseball Game
Vacation Bible School
All aboard! Climb aboard the Rocky Railway Express Vacation Bible School July 12-16!
At Rocky Railway VBS, kids discover Jesus’ power can pull them through life’s ups and downs. Rocky Railway is completely outdoor and will be filled with fun as they rotate through Worship Express, Bible Adventures, Craft Depot and Loco Motion Games. We plan to follow Covid Safety Guidelines given for those age 11 and under.
Students will need to Pre-Register, beginning June 1, to secure their spot on the Rocky Railway Express.
The Rocky Railway Express departs for the 2-hour journey twice daily. Get your registration done early so that you can climb aboard the session you’d prefer. Pre-Registration will open up to the greater community on June 7th.
Sessions are 10 AM – 12 Noon or 1 PM – 3PM
Sessions have limited capacity
Pre-Registration will take place at the church during normal business hours or on Sundays from
10 AM – 11 AM through June 30th. The Registration form is on our website, you may print it at home (we will also have copies available at church) and bring in filled out with a $10 fee per student. Fee is payable with cash or check.