Faith Blessings at Hosanna consists of several moments in one's faith journey that are Spirit-filled opportunities to celebrate, nurture, mark and bless our identity as a child of God as we journey through life together.
We are claimed as children of God, and throughout our lives we enter into God’s story. As God touches our lives, the Spirit ripples through everyone we know, everything we do, and everything we are called to be. At Hosanna we celebrate these times through nurturing all that are involved.
We mark and bless these significant experiences with celebrations in Worship on Sundays or Wednesdays (see below or calendar for dates) and workshops during Faith Formation. Just as God's people in the Old Testament did when a very special moment occurred in their journey with God, they marked it with a stone. We also encounter God’s story at different times and in different places and we want mark and bless these milestones we encounter as we grow in life and faith. All are welcome to join us in at anytime with Hosanna's faith milestones and Blessings.
Baptism - All Ages
Baptism, one of two sacraments offered in the Lutheran church, welcomes all into God’s family. This significant experience formalizes the entrance into God’s community, the Christian church. At Baptism, we are named Child of God. This is the beginning of the journey. We heartily welcome adults and older children to be baptized as well as infants. It is expected that families meet with one of the Pastors at Hosanna prior to Baptism.
For more information or to schedule a Baptism contact Hosanna's Executive Assistant, Kelsey Hane or Pastor Jen Collins.
Phone: 651-464-5502 Email: Office@hosannaforestlake.net
Pr. Jen Collins, Associate Pastor of Faith Formation, email@example.com
God's story in my life: Receive 1st Bible
Ages: 3-5, Preschool- early learning
Celebrated in the September, this milestone recognizes the exciting step children take as they learn, grow and explore God's world. Families, it is never too early to begin faith stories- learning who God is and who we are in this story. Its BIG Faith with LITTLE Steps. At age 3 (potty trained) kids will enter Faith Formation (Hosanna's version of Sunday school on Wednesday Nights). Preschoolers who are beginning their first full year of Faith Formation will experience a special blessing and will receive their own Frolic First Bible. This is just a step as we Frolic with God, the Frolic First Bible Contains stories from Creation to Jesus' Rising!
This Milestone Celebration takes place at all worship services.
CELEBRATION: September 2019 at all services
WORKSHOP: Wednesday Date TBD for 2019, 6:00-6:45 pm
Grades: K-3, Spark Story Bible
Those elementary aged kids who have not received a Bible are invited to participate on the Wednesday Blessing to receive their SPARK Story Bible. We use our SPARK Story Bibles as our kids get older and develop a deeper and wider curiosity for God's World in new and challenging ways. In our Elementary Faith Formation we use our SPARK Bibles to guide our Bible Dive time. This is the next step in learning about God's Word as it captures stories from Old and New Testaments.
NOTE: *If you have joined us anytime after the Fall, please talk with Pastor Jen to arrange for your child to receive one of these Bibles and learn some Tips & Tools to help navigate through God's Word!
CELEBRATION: Sunday + Wednesday in September 2019
WORKSHOP: Wednesday Date + Time TBD
Receive A Connect Bible - Grades 4 to 12
As children become independent readers, it is a natural time to fulfill the baptismal promise to place the scriptures into their hands. Children and their families will learn some basics about the Bible, as well as ways to incorporate the Bible in daily readings and family devotions through this special workshop. Parents will present the Bible to their child(ren) in worship.
CELEBRATION: September 2019
WORKSHOP: Wednesday Date + Time TBD
*If you have joined us anytime after the Fall, please talk with Pastor Jen to arrange for your child to receive one of these Bibles and learn some Tips & Tools to help navigate through God's Word!
CONFIRMATION- GRADE 7-9
At Hosanna our young people take a 3-year journey exploring: The Bible, what it means to be living Lutheran and other faith forming experiences through small groups. At the end of our 3-year confirmation program, students are given the opportunity to publicly affirm their baptism. In the fall of their 9th grade year, students prepare a Faith Project, meet with a pastor to discuss their journey, attend a retreat, and make a special stole to symbolize they are “yoked” to Christ. Students then profess their faith in worship on Reformation Sunday, and continue their faith journey in Higher Ground (High School Youth Group) and other opportunities within their faith community.
Traditionally youth enter the confirmation program during 7th grade, but all are welcome to join whenever your family begins attending Hosanna as a youth or an adult. Click here to learn more about this milestone's program.
Save the date for 2019...
Confirmation dinner: Saturday, October 26, 2019; Time: 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Celebration- Affirmation of baptism: Sunday, October 27, 2019; TIME: 10:30 am
First Communion - All Ages
Communion, one of two sacraments offered in the Lutheran church. Hosanna offers this unique and meaningful opportunity each year for families to participate in this milestone during Holy Week- Last Supper Reenactment Worship Service, where Jesus and His disciples will serve communion. The workshop is offered prior to Holy Week, typically early spring. If requested you may plan with one of the Pastors to have First Communion celebrated on another date as well.
All ages are invited to participate in the Communion Workshop. The decision to participate is one that needs to be made by the family, each child develops differently both mentally and spiritually. Communion is always open for any believing heart to partake. The workshop is a supplemental element to aide in understanding the sacrament better. During our workshop participants will learn about the history of communion, partake in a sampling of Passover foods, baking bread and how to prepare for the sacrament itself. Parents/ Guardians or Godparents are asked to attend class with their child but the whole family is invited to join in.
WORKSHOP: Wednesday, April 17 -OR- Thursday, April 18 at 5:45 pm- 7:00 pm, Dinner provided.
Celebration time: During Last supper reenactment worship, choose 1 of 2 services on Wednesday or Thursday following communion workshop.
**Please arrive 10 min. early to check in**
If you or your child is interested in communion but cannot make it to this workshop time we would be happy to schedule a time to meet with you and your family personally. Celebrating communion can happen anytime of the year, we offer this Faith Blessing workshop as an additional faith learning opportunity.
Blessing of the Car Keys: “Leaping” into Independence - Ages 15+
The Blessing of the Keys is one more way the faith community is helping to instruct and lead our youth. This milestone is open to all youth who have received their permit or driver’s license in the last year.
Everyone knows a whole new world opens up for families when a child receives their driver’s license. New expectations, new privileges, new freedoms, and new worries all come into play. What better time to come together as a family to talk through the new expectations and privileges, as well as pray and ask for guidance.
Celebration: Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 6:00 pm, Dinner at 5 pm
Senior Recognition - Grade 12
When our children were young we brought them to the font to begin a new adventure. Now as they are leaving on yet another journey, we bring them back to the font to be blessed and sent forth. As we bless each graduate they will receive a special blanket created by our quilters, tied by peers in confirmation to remind them that wherever they lay their head, God and the prayers of their home church go with them. Then all family and friends of graduates will be invited to lay hands upon these young adults. To conclude and commemorate this event a class picture will be taken after service.