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 Messiah Lutheran Church. 40 Houbolt Road, Joliet, IL 60431. Tel: 815-741-4488   info@mlcjoliet.org

Kids Ministries

Messiah Lutheran Church is a Teaching Church, a training ground.

At Messiah, we feel that Christian Education is a very vital part of every child’s development. God has made parents responsible for the Christian education of their children. We encourage home-church cooperation where parents and teachers work together to bring up their children “as unto the Lord.”

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Baptism is a time for family and friends to rejoice together. The birth of a child is a cause for happiness. But most of all Baptism is God’s time. Through the water and the Word of God, our Heavenly Father claims the child as His own. He promises to cleanse, love and guide this young one throughout his/her life.

It was our Lord God who said, “Do not be afraid, I will save you. I have called you by name, you are mine.” (Isaiah 43:1 GNB)

​At Messiah we value what God starts in Baptism. Although it is important that we come to God repentant and accept His Grace, Baptism marks above all else God’s work to bring us to Himself.

We affirm God’s claim as soon as we can in a child’s life. At the same time we are overjoyed when adults, older children, and families hear God’s call to Baptism.

“Will you pray for your child and teach him/her to pray? Will you read the scriptures together and attend church as a family? Will you see that he/she receives instruction in the Christian faith? If so, answer, “I will, with God’s help.” Pastor Dave Nygard

Kids Ministries

KNO (Kids Night Out) is a monthly social program offered for children 3 years old to 6th grade

5th and 6th grade students have their own group called R.O.C. (Reach Out for Christ)

7th and 8th graders make up our Junior High group called F.I.S.H. (Freedom In Serving Him).

9th through 12th grades make up our High School group,

S.A.L.T. meets every Tuesday

For our College Students we have partnered with Intervarsity at JJC.

Children's Sunday School

Colorful and inspirational class rooms greet children three years of age to eight grade upstairs on Sunday mornings from 9:30 to 10:40 September to May. 

Our Youth Center is a welcoming retreat for children in high school and features classrooms, a kitchen, gathering space, game rooms and more.

Our Sunday school children support 2 Children in the Dominican Republic with their Sunday school offerings.


God is changing the world through the ministry of Awana by equipping leaders to reach kids with the gospel & engaging them in long-term discipleship. Awana impacts and shapes the lives of millions of kids and adults worldwide through proven resources and expertise that help churches and families develop lifelong disciples of Christ.

Awana is offered Wednesday nights starting at 6:30 pm. (Sept-May) for pre K to 6th grade . The kids memorize Bible verses, play games, learn the Bible promises and win awards. Contact our AWANA Coordinator here.



Vacation Bible School (VBS) is a big week here at Messiah. We provide singing, Bible lessons, crafts, and games (among many things) for 200 children in the area each year. 

Volunteers begin in May and June preparing for the transformation of the church to a medieval castle, jungle, or whatever the year may bring. We are proud to have as many as 130 volunteers preparing the adventure for the children and walking beside them through each activity.

It all culminates with the Friday Fest, 6-9pm, the last day of VBS. Children bring mom and dad to see the decorations or celebrate a week of service.

Watch the church publications for each summers dates and ways for you to get involved.

First Communion

First Communion instruction is held during the Sunday school hour from 9:30 to 10:40 for 5th grade students and their parents during the Lenten Season (the 5 Sundays before Easter).

First Communion is celebrated with students and their family on Maundy Thursday (the Thursday before Easter) each year. Contact the office, Pastor Stier or Pastor Hoover for more information.

Children's Choir

Children Kindergarten through 8th Grade sing in our Youth Choir. Rehearsals are Sunday from 10:45 to 11:15 in the Choir Room and one rehearsal Wednesday before their performance.

Choir usually performs the 2nd Sunday of the month.

Contact Sherri Unyi for more details