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, 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.


Milestones for Children & their Parents

Three Year Old Milestone

New this year, our 3-year-old Milestone will start in worship. Parents and your child will be called forward during announcements and parents you will place a Bible in your child’s hand. You and your child will receive a special blessing in worship. We will then head to their ILC Kid’s large group time to learn more about what your child will experience each week in ILC Kid’s. Parents and children will gather together to learn more about ILC Kid’s Ministry and receive their first Hands-on Bible. We will also provide insight into where your preschooler is in their spiritual development.

For Fall 2020, Bibles for 3-year-olds were handed out at the Great Incarnation Fall Get Together on September 13. If you did not receive a Bible for your 3-year-old, please contact Rebecca Christiansen.

Kindergarten Milestone

Kindergarten Milestone parents and children will attend together. This will be a time of emphasis on prayer. We will discuss what prayer is and as a family, you will create a “Prayer Toolbox” that you can take home and use in your home. Your kindergarten child will also receive a SPARK Story Bible.

For Fall 2020, Bibles for kindergarteners were handed out at the Great Incarnation Fall Get Together on September 13. If you did not receive a Bible for your kindergarten student, please contact Rebecca Christiansen.

Third Grade Bible Milestone

Parents and their 3rd grade children are invited to be part of this two part Bible Milestone where parents first present the Bibles to their children in worship followed by a learning opportunity the following week.

For Fall 2020, Bibles for third grade students were handed out at the Great Incarnation Fall Get Together on September 13. If you did not receive a Bible for your third grade student, please contact Rebecca Christiansen.

First Communion Milestone

Spring 2021

The First Communion Milestone is for 1st – 5th graders and is Incarnation’s version of First Communion Preparation and is offered twice a year. At least one parent or other significant adult is expected to attend with each student. If you are interested in attending the First Communion Milestone, download the registration form and return it to the Incarnation Office.

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.

Three-Fold Celebration of Confirmation

In the spring of each year, the Three-Fold Celebration of Confirmation is designed to create an experience of transition and commitment for the confirmands.

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.

Celebration of Passage
This is the focus of the special candlelit Celebration of Passage service for confirmands and their parents. During this celebration and service of blessing, confirmands participate in a faith journey that reminds them that the responsibility for nurturing and growing in their faith is now theirs and begin to understand that they are not alone in this journey.

Service of Confirmation
This service is 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 confirmand 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

Entry into High School Milestone

2020 date and information coming soon. 

Students and families face a lot of changes as individuals enter high school. Students are maturing, they are more independent, and begin to juggle a lot more responsibilities. In the Entry into High School Milestone, students and their parents will learn about managing commitments from a faith perspective and will get a preview of opportunities for high school students through Incarnation.

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 to 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.