Young Children in Worship
St. Paul has a quiet glassed in area at the back of church with toys and activities for young children so that parents with babies and toddlers can still take part in the service. Busy bags are also available for kids to take with them to the pews. And if you prefer additional privacy for nursing, tantrums, etc., St. Paul also has a nursery in the lower-level where you can listen to the audio of the worship service.
Nursery Circle (Ages 0-3)
For parents of young children, sometimes just getting to church on Sunday is a feat. We recognize this and want to provide programming that feeds both parent and child. Nursery Circle is a Music and Story Playgroup for your little ones paired with coffee and a devotional discussion for adults. Toddlers learn all about God’s message of salvation through song and story while parent’s enjoy a coffee, play with their kiddos, and share their struggles and encouragement with other Christian parents. For toddlers, parents also have the option to drop-off their children and attend the Sunday Morning Adult Bible Class. Nursery Circle runs September-May and starts at 9am on Sunday mornings.
Sunday School (Ages 4-13)
St. Paul's Sunday School teaches children about God's love and his plan of salvation. Through weekly Bible activities, students discover God's Word at a level that is right for them. At the heart of these lessons is Jesus: that through Him they have been forgiven, re-made children of God—children who are loved no matter what; children who can talk to their heavenly Father about whatever, whenever; children who've got that heavenly sparkle that can't help but shine. Sunday school runs from September-May and starts at 9am on Sunday mornings. St. Paul uses the Christ-Light Curriculum published through Northwestern Publishing House.
Confirmation (Ages 12&13)
As parents, we try so hard to prepare our kids for the pummel of challenges that come with growing up. Are we giving them opportunities to think for themselves, learn from their mistakes, manage money, learn self-discipline…the list can be unending, and they are all good things. But, there is something that is missing…Who has their heart? Is Jesus more than something they hear about on a Sunday morning? Do they have the spiritual tools to navigate their non-Jesus world? Confirmation is all about making Jesus real to our budding teens, answering the hard questions, and equipping them for the faith challenges that lie ahead. Learn more.
Teen Troupe (14+):
Teen Troupe re-connects teens to God’s Word and their Christian peers. 9am Sunday mornings, teens meet to hang-out, discuss life and wrestle with how their faith and God's Word not only fits but guides their lives.
Lutheran Girl Pioneers
For decades, the Lutheran Girl Pioneers have guided girls in the joy of a Christ-centred life and how joyfully they can serve Him; their church; their family and their community. LGP provides an avenue for girls to develop leadership skills and to become service oriented, mission-minded young women. We also provide opportunities for girls to pursue their interests through special achievements.
Teen Youth Group
St. Paul's teen ministry, Walther League, is dedicated to strengthening and uniting teens in faith. For the past 100+ years, Walther Leaguers have been gathering together, attending educational bible studies, volunteering for church-sponsored events and traveling all over North America for international youth rallies. In the past few years, St Paul Walther Leaguers have attended the WELS International Youth Rallies in Knoxville, TN and Fort Collins, CO. Monthly events include games nights, midnight bowling, late-night ice-skating and much, much more!
Children’s Festivals and Events
St. Paul loves children’s ministry and sponsors big events throughout the year for youth and families. Christmas for Kids: Passport to Christmas takes place in early December. It is a Saturday where kids learn about the Christmas story while experimenting with science, baking with a chef, making presents for their loved ones, and much more. Our Easter morning Egg Hunts, go all out with a delicious community breakfast and unique, Christ-centered egg hunts for ages 1-13. Our Summer Fine Arts Camp introduces children ages 5-10 to contemprary art lead by a professional artist.
The Golden Age Club provides opportunities for our Ottawa elderly to gather together for fun, fellowship, biblical and educational seminars, and service opportunities both in the congregation and the community. Monthly gatherings are held in the St. Paul fellowship hall and include a light lunch and brief meeting.