Deo Lutheran Church

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What's expected of me?

What about my kids?

Sacraments

Education

What's a Lutheran?

Services

Christian Education

Sunday School

Deo's Sunday school is quite small; there are currently three families whose children regularly take part in Sunday School activities, and a few others who attend as they are able. Our Sunday School program follows a pattern that has become common in Lutheran churches in that it runs during the latter half of our worship service. This means that kids don't have to sit still during the sermon -- although on our intergenerational worship days, our Sunday School kids actively participate in the sermon and aren't expected to sit still.

Confirmation

Confirmation is a tradition within the church that has different meanings to different people. Some see it as a rite of passage, some see it as a fulfillment of the promises made at Baptism, some believe it to be something they are obliged to inflict upon their teenager in the hopes that their child will grow up to be a moral person. The truth is, the history of confirmation is complex, and the reasons for doing it are diverse.

Essentially confirmation is a period of faith instruction that goes much deeper than Sunday School, during which the core of the Christian faith is explored, and questions are encouraged. Ordinarily, confirmation is an experience that is embarked upon by a group of young Christians. The precise age varies from congregation to congregation, but usually confirmands are between the ages of 12-16.

Adult Education

There have been a variety of education opportunities offered for adults at Deo. Sometimes we work directly with Biblical texts, sometimes we will study church history, sometimes we will wrestle with theological concepts or current events. There is always lively conversation at these studies. The Lutheran Church has a long history of academic inquiry - seminary professors periodically offer lectures which people may choose to attend.

Seminaries

The national church that Deo belongs to (the ELCIC), owns and operates two seminaries -- Lutheran Theological Seminary - Saskatoon, and Waterloo Lutheran Seminary. Most pastors in the ELCIC earn a Master of Divinity degree (M.Div), after doing undergraduate degrees in various fields.