Grow in Faith

All Christians are to engage in regular practices help us to grow deeper in our relationship with God and our following of Christ. Gloria Dei provides structured opportunities for that kind of growth, both for young people and for adults.

You are invited to grow in your faith with us.

Sunday School

Ages: Pre-K – 5th Grade

Sundays @ 9:15 am (September – May)

Gloria Dei offers basic instruction in the stories of the Bible for children. Using a rotational model, participants become immersed in one story of the Bible for one unit (approximately a month), approaching that story through different venues.

As the unit progresses, participants rotate through the different rooms:

  • Holywood — the cinema room
  • Soul Food Cafe — the cooking room
  • Miriam’s Tent — the games room
  • Creation Corner — the art room
  • Playhouse — the drama room and main gathering room

By the end of the unit, the participants have a thorough understanding of the story.

Contact: Kelly Ylitalo, Youth and Family Minister

Young Disciples Training

Ages: 9th – 10th Grades

Sundays @ 9:15 am + Monthly meet-ups

Based on an apprenticeship model, Gloria Dei assists young people get into the rhythm of a life of discipleship by worshipping regularly, growing in their faith through Bible Study, and serving their neighbor.

These young people participate weekly in SpiritEd with other adults of Gloria Dei.

Every month, our Young Disciples meet somewhere in the larger community to visit with people who live out their faith in their everyday lives. Possible local locations for these outings include:

  • hospital / hospice care facility
  • monastery
  • funeral home
  • retirement community
  • university
  • jail / police department
  • business

Contact: Pastor D.J.


Ages: 9th Grade – Late Adulthood

Sundays @ 9:15 am
Wednesdays @ 10:00 am

Believing that faith is caught more than it is taught, Gloria Dei understands the importance of adults who are actively growing and living out their faith in Christ. SpiritEd is a simple way for Christians to keep their spiritual bodies in shape.

  • Deep discussion about the Scriptures, theology, social issues, and the practice of faith
  • No prior experience or knowledge of the Bible is required
  • No question is a stupid question

Contact: Pastor D.J.

Vacation Bible School

Ages: Pre-K – 5th Grade

For one week during the summer, Gloria Dei offers young people an intensive, fun, active journey into the Bible. In recent years we began partnering with Fortune Lake Lutheran Camp to provide the programming and staff for our Vacation Bible School.

VBS is full of life, full of energy, and full of meaning for all participants.

Watch our calendar and newsletter for upcoming dates.

Other Opportunities

Fortune Lake Lutheran Camp

fortune-lake-campfireFortune Lake Lutheran Camp provides year-round programming for all of God’s children, beginning in 1st grade through late adulthood.

Gloria Dei is a strong supporter of the ministry of our ELCA Bible Camp located in Crystal Falls, MI. The combination of summer programming and year-round retreats provides a wide variety of opportunities for spiritual growth.

We are committed to making a week at camp affordable, so provide camperships for anyone who requests assistance and participates in the various campership fundraisers throughout the year.

More information about the ministry of Fortune Lake Lutheran Camp

Synod Lay School

For adults interested in a more formalized education in matters of faith, theology, history and Bible.

The Synod Lay School at Finlandia University in Hancock is one of five Lay School sites throughout the Upper Peninsula sponsored by the Northern Great Lakes Synod. Taught by local ELCA clergy, this 4-year curriculum provides participants focused time to study a wide variety of subjects of interest for Christians.

Subjects included in the curriculum are:

  • Old Testament
  • New Testament
  • Prophets
  • Apocalyptic Literature
  • Christian History
  • Preaching
  • Spiritual Practices
  • Stewardship
  • Evangelism
  • World Religions

Anyone with an interest in growing in faith, discipleship, knowledge, and skills, is encouraged to attend Lay School classes.

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