Children & Youth 

“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he

is old he will not depart from it.”-Proverbs 22:6


Calvary is full of dedicated, passionate, capable leaders and volunteers who understand the importance of making ministry with children, youth and families a priority. Helping children and youth know God and God’s love in their life, inspiring them to become Christ-centered to serve and to grow in faith, and partnering with parents to nurture the Christian faith life in the home is what Children, Youth and Family Ministries are all about. It is a place where children, youth, and families can connect, learn and grow together.


To learn more about these programs or to volunteer and serve, please contact:

Dana Kocka, Education & Youth Director 732-7284


CHILDREN – Birth to 6th Grade


Sunday School   

Sunday School is offered at 9:15 AM on Sunday Mornings. Children from PreK through 8th Grade attend age-appropriate classes with dedicated and caring teachers.

Family Sunday School  

2nd Sunday of each month at 9:15 AM in the Youth Commons

Sunday School students (preK-grade 6), their families and the congregation are invited to learn and grow in faith together during Family Sunday School.
“Family Sunday School is a time to grow together, laugh together,
learn together and just be together.”

Release Time

Wednesday mornings (Grades 1-8)

As part of Calvary’s Christian Education Program, students participate in the following faith practices:
  • Reading and studying the Bible
  • Devotional disciplines
  • Prayer
  • Worship
  • Relationships
  • Service



Wednesday After-School Program

3:00-5:00 PM Wednesdays

April 24th – Last Day

During the school year, the After-School Program at Calvary serves Century Elementary students in Kindergarten through 5th Grade. Our program includes transportation, snack, Bible lessons, games, crafts, music, fun and much more! Students are encouraged to discover new interests, gain self-confidence, and grow in God’s love. An active partnership between students and their families, school administration, program leaders and volunteers has contributed to the success and growth of the After-School Program.
Enrollment is required prior to starting in the program, forms are available across from the church office. Children MUST be signed out by a parent/guardian or a person specified on the enrollment form. Pick up in the Youth Commons area of the Education Wing.
To volunteer or for more information, please contact Dana Kocka, Education & Youth Director or Jo Judson, After-School Program Leader 218-732-7284.

Faith Milestones

Affirmation of Baptism may be used many times throughout the life of a baptized Christian. It is especially appropriate as part of a process of faith formation in faith in youth or adulthood that we call Confirmation. The Confirmation program is designed to shape the faith of every student, starting in 3rd grade, through participation in the life of Calvary Lutheran Church.

Confirmation Overview:

  • 3rd Grade-Confirmation enrollment; receive Bibles; Understanding your Bible 
  • 4th Grade-Jr. Ushers
  • 5th Grade-Communion Process with Altar Guild; receive First Communion
  • 6th Grade-Prayer Study 
  • 7th Grade-Memory Work, Old Testament & Gospel of Mark Study; Confirmation Camp; Worship Reports
  • 8th Grade-Memory Work, New Testament & Life of Jesus Study; Jesus Christ Superstar movie; Acolyte; Worship Reports
  • 9th Grade-Memory Work; Wednesday night Confirmation Classes; Worship Reports; Honoring Your Neighbor Faith; ELCA; Reformation; True Love Waits; Passion of the Christ movie; Luther movie; Interview with Pastor concerning Faith Statements
  • 10th Grade-Confirmation Mentoring Process; Faith Statements; Rite of Confirmation

We were honored to celebrate this group of kids for completing First Communion Class on March 29, 2018.


Calvary Lutheran Church celebrated Confirmation Sunday, October 29, 2017. Row 1: Lee Edelman, Max Crist, Wyatt Newman, Anna Miller, Emma Miller Row 2: Dana Kocka, Zach Lilleodden, Marcus Benson, Patrick Simmons, Rilee Michaelson, Kayleah Breitweser, Pastor Steve Norby


Mark Your Calendar:

Last Release Time – Wednesday, April 24th
Last Day of Sunday School – Sunday, May 5th
Youth Rummage Sale – May 10-11th
Youth Pie Auction – Sunday, May 12th
Youth Silent Auction – May 11-20th
Senior Recognition – Sunday, May 19th
Youth Mission Trip – June 9-15th
Vacation Bible School – June 17-20th
7th Grade Wet & Wilderness Camp – August 4-9th

YOUTH – 6th Grade to 12th Grade


Junior & Senior League 

Jr. League (grades 6-8) / Sr. League (grades 9-12)

April 3rd- Senior League (6:00-8:00)
April 13th – Junior League (5:45-7:30)
April 20th – Senior League (6:00-8:00)
April 24th – ***PLEASE NOTE BELOW***
Sermon Notes: During the season of Lent, those enrolled within our Confirmation Program (grades 8-9) are required to complete FIVE worship reports and Grade 7 is required to complete THREE.
Continue working on your worship reports, they can be completed during the following Worship Services:
Lenten Worship (4:00 & 6:00) Wednesdays April 3rd & 10th
Maundy Thursday, April 18th (6:00)
Good Friday, April 19th (6:00) @ Riverside United Methodist Church 
Questions? Feel free to call Dana Kocka, 218-732-7284. 

Guest Speaker Immaculee Ilibagiz

“Left To Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust”

7:00 PM Wednesday, April 24th @ Park Rapids High School

Jr. League, Sr. League & 9th Grade Confirmation will be meeting at High School for a world renowned speaker, Immaculee Ilibagiz. Immaculee survived the Rwanda genocide in a 3×4 bathroom for 91 days with seven other women. Sharing her inspiring story of faith, hope and forgiveness. This will be an evening we DON’T want you to miss.
Please Note: There will be NO meal on April 24. Drop-off and pickup will be at Park Rapids, High School. Event is free for our Jr. and Sr. High Students.
(Tickets for adults are $10 per person and are available for purchase at Haas Printing or St. Peters Church.)
This will be a heart wrenching, impacting night you will not want to miss!

Total Impact High School Bible Study

7 AM Monday Mornings at Bella Café

High School Youth in grades 9-12. Bring your Bible, highlighter and pen.

2018 Mission Trip to Rockport, Texas





Mission Trip

There are a number of opportunities throughout the year to financially support our mission teams. Thank you to all who serve and all who support them!


Pathways Mission: “Pathways offers unique environments where God encounters people and renews them to live lives of love.” 
Pathways is a Bible Camping ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Pathways camps and programs are used by over 150 churches in north-western Minnesota. We provide faith building opportunities through our youth summer camping programs, our high adventure programs, challenge course opportunities and year-round youth, adult and family retreats. We hope you join us!
Pathways is blessed to have two beautiful sites in Northwest Minnesota:
– Camp Emmaus near Menahga, MN
– Camp Minne-Wa-Kan near Cass Lake, MN
Learn more about Pathways: