Welcome to Children's Ministry at Immanuel

Welcome! Children are important members of our worshiping community! We are committed to incorporating them into the life and mission of Immanuel congregation and to nurturing them into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. We take our responsibility for helping to raise the next generation of God's people very seriously!

Bringing children to worship will not always be easy, but it is an extremely important part of a child's spiritual growth! Even infants learn the rhythm of our liturgical worship service, and all children learn from the example of adults what it means to worship God. We trust that, together, we can provide a positive experience for our young worshipers.

Children in Worship

  • Children's Worship Bulletins are available upon entering worship for young children. 
  • Near most entrances to the Sanctuary, you will find Church Bags full of items to keep little hands busy during worship. You're welcome to use one during the service and return it to the hook when service has ended!
  • During non-communion services, the Pastors may offer a Children's Message and invite little ones to come to the front of the sanctuary. You're welcome to walk up with your child or send older children up on their own for a message directed to them based on the theme of worship that morning.
  • If babies are fussy and you need a place to rock them, you're welcome to use the Cry Room located near the Atrium. Ask an Elder if you need help finding it! A monitor is set up so that you won't miss any of the service if your little one needs to eat or rock. 
  • Toddlers can be especially wiggly during worship so if you find yours needs a little more room to explore, we have a Nursery available during all services. We have volunteers ready to help in the Nursery during the 9:00 am service as well if you'd prefer to leave your child in their caring hands. The Nursery can be found downstairs at the back of the Sanctuary: ask an Elder to help direct you if you are having trouble finding it.

SUNDAY SCHOOL

10:15 SUNDAY MORNINGS
  • Parents and Toddlers are invited to attend a class together led by Mrs. Chris Behmlander in Room 215. Hands-on learning for toddlers as guided by their parents is a comfortable way for children to learn and parents to connect each week!
  • Preschoolers meet upstairs in room 207 for a group opening with the Elementary Class before heading to their own room for a lesson.
  • Elementary Sunday School (grades K-5) meets upstairs in room 207 for a group opening with the preschoolers before diving into their own lesson. 

Baptism

About Holy Baptism - 
As Lutherans, we believe Holy Baptism is essential to our lives as Christians.  Christ commanded baptism, Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19) In Holy Baptism, the Lord promises you the forgiveness of sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit; Baptism is a gift to us from God.  In his Small Catechism, Martin Luther provided a concise explanation for us: It works forgiveness of sins, rescues from death and the devil, and gives eternal salvation to all who believe this, as the words and promises of God declare. (SC, Baptism, Second Part)

Holy Baptism is a sacrament because Christ established it and invited us to do it and because it delivers the forgiveness of sins Jesus won at the cross.  Jesus suffered, died, and rose again in order to save people from the eternal death brought about by sin.  Through His saving actions, Christ purchased and won salvation for all.  Baptism delivers and bestows the benefits of Jesus’ redemption.

If you would like to learn more about Holy Baptism or if you would like to schedule a baptism please call the Church Office at 812-522-3118 to speak with one of our pastors.

Cradle Roll

The Growing in Christ Nursery Roll program offers our church the opportunity to share with families of small children the biblical and age-appropriate ways to talk to their children about Jesus.

When a child is baptized, Immanuel sets aside a Nursery Roll packet especially for that child. Periodically - for the first three years of the child's life – Don & Janet Sue Benter church send the family materials from the packet to nurture the child's spiritual, emotional, and physical development.

The Growing in Christ Nursery Roll packet contains: a13-month growth calendar with stickers, a Music CD, a Bible story booklet, twelve brochures for parents full of information for mom and dad about their child at various ages, and four milestone postcards. In addition, a name plate is added to a little lamb and added to the wall in the sanctuary where little ones can walk by and be reminded of their baptism each time they walk by.

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School is a week-long summer camp (usually the first full week of June) for ages 3 (potty trained) to entering grade 5. It's held from 9:00 am -12:00 Noon for 5 days. Watch for details in the Spring!

Registration opens in late Spring through our Events page.

Events