Christian education at All Saints is dedicated to training people of all ages and all stages in their life of faith in discipleship. Discipleship is about how we follow Jesus in our everyday lives. Training in discipleship includes growing in knowledge of the Bible, and in practices of worship, giving, and serving. The over-all program is coordinated by the All Saints Learning Committee. For specific questions or to register for these programs, contact the office.
Our Christian education program begins for children at their baptism. Parents and sponsors promise at baptism to teach children the faith as they grow. We assist families in fulfilling that promise through regular mailings with age-appropriate prayers, songs, and ways to teach about God and faith.
Age 3 through Grade 8
In addition to regular worship with their families, a special Sunday morning education time is provided for children from age 3 through grade 8. We call this time “Discipleship Training” and it happens at 9:45 each Sunday during the program year (September – May).
Sunday morning Discipleship Training begins with an opening in the worship space where one of the pastors tells the Bible story of the day, children’s offerings are collected, and key announcements are shared. Then children travel in crews throughout the building for music time, craft time, and an interactive learning time.
In addition to this Sunday morning time, we provide resources so that training in the faith can happen all week long. Weekly, parents receive an email from the pastors with Bible story, discussion questions, prayer suggestions, and other ways to encourage faith conversation at home. Special events throughout the year include a Christmas Pageant, First Communion training (normally for 2nd graders), and age-appropriate Bible distribution to 3-year olds and to 3rd graders.
Students in grades 6-8 enter a time of preparation for Affirmation of Baptism (sometimes called Confirmation) which normally happens in the fall of 9th grade. In addition to Sunday morning classes, these students have monthly “Sunday Night Live” sessions. These are lively times where the whole family is invited to a time of worship and pizza, and then students learn about the Apostles’ Creed, Lord’s Prayer, and Sacraments from the pastors using a variety of teaching styles.
Special events for students in this age group include periodic special service events (caroling at local care facilities, Feed My Starving Children, etc), fun events (weekend retreats, summer Confirmation camp, bowling outings, etc), and the opportunity to serve in worship as an acolyte or youth usher.
Youth Group (Grades 9-12)
Our High School Youth Group meets Sundays during the school year at 9:45 AM, and welcomes freshmen through seniors. If you are a teenager looking for a place to feel welcome, come and give it a try! If you know of any teenagers who you think might enjoy the group, we will welcome them!
We regularly welcome members from many surrounding high schools including Fremd, Palatine, Rolling Meadows, Lake Zurich, Hoffman Estates, Barrington, and Conant!
In addition to the Sunday morning, special opportunities include retreats, bake sale, Youth Sunday worship leadership, mission trips and service opportunities, and participation in the triennial ELCA Youth Gathering.
Vacation Bible School
Each summer, we transform All Saints into a Vacation Bible School destination. Generally this happens on a Monday through Friday from 9-noon. Students starting at 3 years old through 5th grade join with volunteers to learn about God’s love for them through song, dance, crafts, games, snack, Bible lesson, and interactive video.
Our adult education programs seek to provide a variety of options and times for busy people with varying interests and learning styles to continue their discipleship training. There are new opportunities being added all the time. Opportunities include, but are not limited to:
Adult Forum meets in the church Library Sunday mornings at 9:45, at the same time as children’s education. This group gathers for conversation about various topics, generally Bible Study-focused. This is an informal gathering, where you can come and go as you please and do not need to commit to a series of sessions.
Monday Evening Bible Study
A Bible Study group that works through a variety of study series meets in members homes on Monday evenings.
Thursday Morning Womens’ Bible Study
During the program year (September through May) a group of women meet at 9:30 on Thursday mornings for Bible Study. While most participants make it a point to gather weekly, some come and go as they are able.
Chapter One Book Club
This monthly book club meets mostly in members’ homes to discuss current and classic fiction, sometimes of a directly faith-related nature and sometimes not. See more information about Chapter One here.
Email Devotional Messages
Each weekday morning, you can receive a custom-written email devotional message by one of the pastors delivered to your inbox. Use this link to get on the mailing list.
Email Bible Study
If you can’t make it at a set time, consider joining one of our email Bible Study groups. These groups work through a particular book of the Bible. Pastor Seth will send interesting links and pose discussion questions. Group members respond and interact as their schedule allows.
To join any of these groups or ask about current offerings, be in touch with Pastor Seth.
Little Saints Preschool
Please visit the Little Saints Preschool Page.