Activities for Youth and Adults

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We welcome you to explore the many ways that people

of all ages can become involved in the life of the church.

Click on a button to go to your area of interest or scroll down to browse them all. 

Worship & Music

We have Ushers, Deacons, Altar Guild, a Prayer Chain, and individuals who visit the sick and shut-in.  A prayer partner is available to pray with people, confidentially, after the worship service.

 

Our choir sings many styles of music to enhance the service. 

At times, we have a small bell choir that plays songs or accompanies the choir. If you are interested in being a guest musician, please talk to the organist / choir director.  He can accompany you on the piano or the pipe organ.

Augustana Lutheran Church in the Town of Tonawanda encourages youth to share their talents.
Augustana Lutheran Church Organist is terrific and works with the choir and members of the congregation.
Augustana Lutheran Church has friendly lay deacons and encourges the participation of women in the congregation.
Augustana Lutheran Church in the Town of Tonawanda has children, youth, kid services.

We look for ways to involve children in the church service:

  • As acolytes, they carry the cross and light altar candles

  • Kids sing in front of the congregation

  • Those who take music lessons may play their instrument with the choir

  • We sometimes are spontaneous and hand out rhythm instruments during a hymn!

  • About twice a year we have special Children's Day services, in which kids take on adult roles of their choice.

Augustana Lutheran Church in the Town of Tonawanda has Youth, Children and Kids services.
 

Sunday School

Sunday School is for children ages 3+ and takes place immediately after the church service at 10:30 during the school year.

 

We use a bible-based curriculum that includes fun, interactive

age-appropriate lesson, activities, crafts and songs.

 

Class is about 30 minutes long. Children attend any weeks that work with their family's schedule. Parents are always welcome to sit in on the classes. Visitors are invited every week.

 

Parents enjoy a cup of coffee in an adjacent room during Sunday School, and then their children / grandchildren join them for juice and a snack when Sunday School is finished.

 

For the 2019 - 2020 school year, class will be held weekly from September15 through May 24, except there is no class on these dates: Oct. 27, Dec. 29, Jan. 5 and April 12.

Augustana Lutheran Church in the Town of Tonawanda has a fun, Bible-based Sunday School program for kids ages 3 and older.
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Youth Activities

Young people of all ages have many ways to be involved at Augustana. We have a flexible approach and like to create activities around the interests and talents of the youth. Click here for a printable pdf summarizing all of our youth activities. 

 

Pictured are a recent family game night (not pictured is the delicious take-out food!) a trip to see a live performance of A Charlie Brown Christmas, and our annual Santa Lucia pageant. This is a popular annual event for families that honors the Swedish heritage of the church. Children act out the Lucia story, the audience sings familiar Christmas carols, and there is always the possibility of a visitor from the North Pole.

Augustana Lutheran Church in the Town of Tonawanda has intergenerational programs including family nights.
Augustana Lutheran Church has programming for children, including going to events together.

On Fridays in the summer, Augustana runs a community Play Group

You can read about the play group in the next section.

 

Augustana Youth are invited to participate in programming run by Organic Youth and Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Center (LCLC). See sections below for information on these activities.

Play Group

On Friday mornings in the summer, Augustana hosts an indoor playgroup for young children and their caregivers. It is open to the community and includes toys, games, songs, stories and snacks in a safe, caring environment.

Augustana Luthern Church in the Town of Tonawanda has many activities for children, including a summer play group.
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Children who attend Augustana Lutheran Church can be par of the area's Organic Youth program.

Lutheran Youth WNY - Organic Youth

Children of Augustana and other area ELCA churches participate in Lutheran Youth WNY, which is a youth ministry program and resource mainly for youth in grades 6-12 . They also have some programming for children in elementary school. Activities vary by age level and include age-appropriate service opportunities, retreats, and faith-centered fun events.

 
 

LCLC

LAKE CHAUTAUQUA LUTHERAN CENTER, INC. is a ministry of the Upstate New York Synod of the ELCA.  It is a year-round center for outdoor ministry for children and adults. They are especially known for their residential summer camps for youth in grades 1-12.

Children who attend Augustana Lutheran Church in the Town of Tonawanda can be part of Lake Chautauqua Luthera Center for summer camp.
 

Bible Study

Pastor Kopp leads bible study classes at various times during the year.  In the spring of 2018, he led a series of classes on Key Passages in the Bible. In 2017, classes were on The Bible and Handel's Messiah and  the book of Psalms. 

The classes are both informative and discussion-oriented, and are open to all. Bibles are provided. 

 

The next Bible study series will be posted on the Home Page under Upcoming Events when the information becomes available.

Pastor Fred Kopp leads Bible studies that are open to the community.
 

WELCA (Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America)

This active group is divided further into 4 smaller ‘Circles,’ each with its own focus. WELCA supports Augustana, the community, and the wider church in many ways, including organizing the winter clothing drive, making and delivering cookies for the sick and shut-ins at Christmastime, and fundraising for charities. Many especially look forward to their chicken chowder and bake sales.

Women are invited to join Augstana's women's groups, including the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
 

The men do work in the church, such as cooking Easter brunch, and they support charities and plan activities, for example an evening at the Bisons in the summer.

Men's Club

Augustanan Lutheran Church Tonawanda friendly family brunch provided by the Men's Club.
Augustana Lutheran Church Easter friendly family brunch.
Augustana Lutheran Church, Tonawanda, NY, has family-friendly activities including an Easter brunch

Sociables

This busy group runs social activities year round – going to plays and concerts, visiting sites in the community, and more.  All are welcome to join in.  See the Upcoming Events section on the home page for the current list.

 

Coffee Hour

Groups or individuals take turns hosting coffee hour weekly. Coffee hour is a great time to get to know people better and learn more about Augustana. Perhaps the conversation will help you think about what kinds of outreach and activities interest you, and maybe you have an idea you want to share.

Augustana Lutheran Church in the Town of Tonawanda has coffee hour every week after church. Visitors invited!