The journey from baptism to confirmation calls us to:
Equip families and educators to teach the stories and values of our faith, foster a sense of belonging, and nurture love of God and neighbor,
Engage children and youth through worship and study to explore the Christian faith and inquire about its meaning for them,
Empower our youth to live a life faithful to Jesus Christ through their choice and actions in a world much larger than their own. ~Christian Education Mission Statement
Immanuel Church School
The IMMANUEL CHURCH SCHOOL welcomes your child! It is in session from the second Sunday of September through early June in the Peaceable Kingdom (lower level), accessible from both the northeast and southeast stairways.
Sunday Morning Nursery Care
CHILD CARE for infants and toddlers is provided throughout the year on Sunday mornings from 8:45 a.m. (9:45 a.m. during the summer) until noon in the Nursery, located at the bottom of the northeast stairway.
Children in Worship
CHILDREN and YOUTH worship with the church community until just before the sermon and then go to Church School in the "Peaceable Kingdom" in the lower level.
In 2018-19, children in Kindergarten (3-4-5) will meet in the Red Room, Grades 1-3 will meet in the Purple Room, Grades 4-6 will meet in the Green Room, and Grades 7-10 will meet in the Gold Room. All classes use the Feasting on the Word curriculum from the Presbyterian Church (USA) based on the Revised Common Lectionary, which is also used in worship.
TEACHERS in the Immanuel Church School are members who volunteer their time for one quarter (Fall, Winter, Spring). They attend an orientation and training session, working closely with the ministers and members of the Church School Committee.
There are four special celebrations in the Church School each year:
The ADVENT WORKSHOP (first Sunday of Advent) is for all members of the church family. Participants celebrate the meanings of the season by making Advent wreaths to mark the weeks of Advent at home, and enjoying other seasonal activities. Click here for photos from past Advent Workshops.
A PALM SUNDAY PROCESSION AND UPPER ROOM MEAL enacts the events of Holy Week and involves children and their parents in a first-century experience of telling stories about Jesus and learning about the origins of the Lord’s Supper. Click here for photos the 2018 Upper Room Meal.
CREATION SUNDAY in the spring celebrates God’s good creation and highlights how children of all ages are called to care for the earth.
The program year ends with a PENTECOST PARTY, celebrating the “birthday” of the church and the baptism of each child.
Vacation Bible School
Each August all children from preschool through the elementary grades are invited to participate in a multigenerational VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL program, with activities, stories, songs, crafts, and games for the children, and conversation for the parents and grandparents. The program generally takes place from 5:30 until 8:00 p.m.; supper is provided and all are invited to participate. Click here for #VBS2018 photos.
STUDENTS in middle school and high school enjoy special programs, outings, and retreats. The group takes an annual trip to Crivitz, Wisconsin for the “Great Christmas Tree Hunt,” where the youth select and cut trees to adorn the Sanctuary, Parlor, Upper Room, and Parish House for the Advent and Christmas seasons.
YOUTH in Grades 7 - 10 will meet this year on Sunday mornings from 10:30 - 12:00 in the Gold Room.
The youth regularly participate in summer mission programs, where they learn first hand about the realities of urban life and volunteer with various agencies and programs in cities that have included Lexington, Kentucky; Cleveland, Ohio; Chicago, Illinois; and right here in Milwaukee.
The youth also join adult members of the congregation in other outreach activities, including serving meals at The Gathering and volunteering at the Cathedral Center Shelter for Women and Families. They participate annually in the Christmas Toy Store at Christ Presbyterian Church.
High school students who are ready to begin an exploration in faith leading to confirmation engage in a special year-long program of worship, study, and service with the ministers. Immanuel’s confirmation program is geared toward older youth and focuses on issues of belief, values, vocation, and identity. Four high school sophomores and juniors are in the 2016-2017 Confirmation Class.