Children & Youth

“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.”

– Proverbs 22:6 

Here at Advent Lutheran, we believe that a relationship with God starts with the smallest of babies. Offering love to our children, we let them know of God’s love from the time they join us. In addition to offering biblical education, we believe that children should be integrated into the life of the church in meaningful ways. From music to worship, as children get older, they are offered more ways to contribute to the congregational life of Advent Lutheran. We want our children to be seen, heard and affirmed as beloved children of God.

In this spirit, while we have age appropriate classes, we also offer intergenerational opportunities throughout the year. This gives everyone a chance to interact together and learn as a faith family. Some examples include fall kickoff celebration and Advent wreath creation and cookie walk.

Sunday Mornings

Classes for kids from kindergarten through 3rd grade will be online for the fall of 2021 due to gathering concerns related to Covid. Links will be placed on the website homepage for this group and we will plan to regather as soon as possible.

For kids 4th grade through high school, classes and youth group are offered on Sunday mornings at 11:30 during the school year. Class runs until 12:15 and youth groups run until 1:00 – a calendar is below for easy reference.

Preschool – Fourth Graders can participate in Godly Play in the main building during the sermon time. Godly Play is a program designed to spark the imagination of children as they enter into Biblical stories in creative ways. 


This fall, 2021, continues to offer many challenges for planning Christian Education for everyone and especially for our children and youth.  Recently the Spiritual Development team hosted conversations with parents and in consultation with other respected educators, developed the following plan by age group.  If there are any questions, please direct them to Carol Schierlmann (, or
Brooke Watson-Summerour (

PreK – 2nd Grade

There will be no in-person classes for this age group at this time; however, we have several offerings for these children. First, GREAT news!  Children’s sermons are returning!  The children will not run down to sit with one another at the front, but we will offer a message designed with our youngest members in mind (and those young at heart)!  Families with children in this age group will soon receive an electronic link for an interactive computer-based program that the children can work through with their families at the time of their choosing.  This program will include songs, videos from Advent adults, Bible stories and crafts.  There will be a 2-session Kid’s Corner program sent via email each month starting September 12th that will contain the link to the program.  It will also be available on the Advent website and published in eNews.  New components will be available:

September 12th, 26th
October 10th, 24th
November 7th, 17th (adjusted for the Thanksgiving holiday)
December 1st, 15th

We are also planning to have a short Zoom touch base approximately every two weeks on Wednesdays at 7pm.  This Zoom will be designed to give children and their families an opportunity to interact with each other and talk about their lives.  Zooms will take place on:

September 29th
October 13th, 27th
November 10th, 17th
December 1st, 15th

Click here for the Zoom Link.

Meeting id: 863 6903 6290
Passcode 266120.

It will also be emailed to parent prior to the first session on 9/29 and placed on the website.

For our older youth:  Children third grade and older will meet in person at the church with all leaders and participants wearing masks and following COVID protocol.  Specific dates/times are below:

3rd – 6th Grades (in person, masks required, following all Covid protocol):

Sunday School 11:30am-12:15pm on:

October 3rd,  24th, 31st
November 14th
December 12th

Revision as of 9-15-2021 – There will be no Youth Group for this age group through December

Confirmation and High School (in person, masks required, following all Covid protocol):

Sunday School 11:30am-12:15pm on:

October 3rd, 31st
November 14th
December 12th

Additionally, Confirmation will meet 11:30am-1pm on:

September 26th
October 10th
November 7th, 21st,
December 5th, 19th

Senior High’s Salty Sundays youth group 11:30am-1pm on:

September 26th
October 10th
November 7th, 21st,
December 5th, 19th

(This is a different curriculum and activities from Sunday School and light refreshments will be served.)

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  • 8840 University City Blvd.
  • Charlotte, North Carolina  28213
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