Milestones

Faith Milestones are a series of classes designed to build “Faith in the Family” starting from the time a child is an infant and continuing through their graduation from high school. It is a program that recognizes the incredible impact parents have on the faith life of their children. Milestones work to partner with parents on the faith education of their children and to help them live out the promises they made at their child’s Baptism. Through the Faith Milestones, parents learn practical, effective ways to live and share the love of Jesus in their homes and will gain valuable insight into the spiritual development of their children. In addition, each Milestone encourages parents to implement a new faith practice in their home.


Baptism Milestone

What happens in Baptism? What is the difference between how Lutherans view Baptism compared to other Christians? Why do we baptize infants, children, youth, or adults? What are some practical ways to live out the promises made at Baptism? This is just a sampling of questions that we consider in our Baptism Milestone class. This class is designed specifically for parents who are seeking baptism for their children, which is an expectation of first-time parents. In the class, you will learn about theology and practice of the Sacrament of Baptism, and be given hands-on tools to help you develop faith in your children. Interested? Please contact Pastor Joel Vander Wal to schedule a Zoom Meeting.

Download BAPTISMAL RECORD INFORMATION here.

Milestones for Children & their Parents

First Communion Milestone – Next Milestone will be in the fall. 


The First Communion Milestone is for 1st – 5th graders and is Incarnation’s version of First Communion Preparation. We are offering this in-person at Incarnation. We ask that only one parent or other significant adult attends with each child.  Masks will be required to be worn the whole time

 

Milestones for Middle School Students and their Parents


Sixth Grade/Transitioning to Adolescence Milestone

Spring 2021

This Faith Milestone course is designed for 6th graders and their parents together to help prepare you for adolescence and Confirmation.


Celebration of Confirmation

In the spring of each year, we celebrate those being confirmed in a special service with their family and friends. This year our celebration will look a little different due to COVID safety recommendations. Below is the current plan to honor and celebrate those being confirmed this Fall.

Parent Presentation of Confirmand in Worship
Parent Presentation happens during regular Sunday worship. Parents present their child–much as they did at Baptism – and place on them their confirmation robe which symbolizes new life in Christ. Parent Presentation concludes with a special blessing by the congregation.

Service of Confirmation
This service is the culmination of the Confirmation experience and the time when confirmands publicly promise to continue in the relationship that God established with them in baptism. The highlight of this service is the blessing of each confirmed surrounded by their family and special guests. There are typically two identical services at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon.


Milestones for High School Students and their Parents

Blessing of the Graduates

Graduating high school is a major milestone for both students and families. Incarnation will honor these students and their parents with a public blessing. This blessing is a reminder that Incarnation will always be a part of their faith journey, celebrates what they have accomplished, and lifts up the new and exciting educational and work opportunities.

At Home Milestone and Blessing 
Please take a few minutes and gather family and friends either in person or virtually to celebrate your graduating senior, talk about the exciting things to come in the future, and bless your graduate. Click here for the Blessing of Graduates Milestone. This Milestone can be done whenever it is convenient for you and your family.

Why are we doing this?

When your child was baptized, you promised to provide for their instruction in the Christian faith. Christian education cannot be limited to an hour on a Sunday morning. We want you to invite God into your home. Since YOU are the most important person in your child’s life, you are the best person to teach your child! Incarnation is here to support you in that role.

Our mission is to bless the child, gift the family, and call the parents to the promise every night in every home. Rearing a healthy family is a real challenge in today’s world, and we are confident that God is using these Milestones to meet the needs of families here at Incarnation and in our community.

Questions about Faith Milestones? Contact Rebecca Christiansen.