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 218-732-7284 or

Mandy Runyan, Youth Ministry Chair 218-255-1642


CHILDREN – PreK to 6th Grade

Sunday School – In-person and Online

Sunday School is offered in-person at 9:30 AM, or join us virtually on our Facebook page or YouTube channel for Sunday School each Sunday. (Video is posted by 8:30 AM on Sunday for you to watch at your convenience!)
Children from Pre-K through 8th Grade attend age-appropriate classes with dedicated and caring teachers.

Sunday School Dance Team

If any Sunday School aged children are interested in joining the Sunday School Dance Team, please call the church office 218-732-7284.



Family Sunday School – (not available at this time)

2nd Sunday of each month at 9:30 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 – Begins Wednesday, October 20th!

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 – (not available at this time)

3:00-5:00 PM Wednesdays

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 in 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 27, 2019. Row 1: Collin Hoyt, Jack Chistofferson, Kate Aukes, Isabel Meyer, Maggie Carrier, Chelsea Dennis. Row 2: Nicholas Michaelson, Parker Harmon, Jaxson Lund, Evan Edevold, Pastor Steve Norby


YOUTH – 6th to 12th Grade

Mark Your Calendars:

Confirmation Sunday – October 31st


Junior & Senior League

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

(Sr. League meets on the 1st, 3rd & 5th Wednesdays / Jr. League meets on the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays)


October 20th – NO League (MEA break)

October 27th – Junior League (6-7:30 PM)


November 3rd – Senior League (6-8 PM)

November 10th – Junior League (6-7:30 PM)

November 17th – Senior League (6-8 PM)

November 24th – NO League (Happy Thanksgiving!)

If you have any questions, feel free to call Dana 218-732-7284.

9th Grade Confirmation

First Semester Schedule:

7:00 PM Wednesdays


October 6th, 13th, 27th

(No class on Oct 20th-MEA)


November 3rd, 10th & 17th


10th Grade Confirmation 

(Continue working on Sermon Notes, Mentor Forms/Meetings, Mentor Sermon Notes, Final Confirmation Interview)

Confirmation Rehearsal:

Wednesday, October 27th

7:45 PM Gown Pickup
8:00 PM Rehearsal in Sanctuary


Confirmation Sunday

10:30 AM Sunday, October 31st


2019 Youth Mission Trip Lumberton, NC

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!

Mission Adventure Day

(grades 9-12)

Because of COVID, there will not be a summer youth mission trip. However, this year we will be having youth Mission Adventure Days! Days will focus on mission work, with an adventure for our youth once a month. Mission will focus on being a missionary in our own communities.

Mission Date: 


Watch highlights from the

2019 Youth Mission Trip 

TEAMeffort – Lumberton, NC



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: