Gloria Dei Kids
    Website for all the Kids related activities at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church (Olympia, WA)

Children & Youth Choir Rehearsals Are Underway!!!!

Sing for the Fall or sing for the year! All singers ages two through ninth grade are welcome! Singers do not need to be members of Gloria Dei to be in choir so bring your friends! For more information please contact Beth Tobin.

Twos - Kindergarten: 5:45 - 6:15 p.m.

Grades 1 - 3: 5:10 - 5:45 p.m.

Grades 4 - 9: 5:50 - 6:45 p.m.

JAM Beach Day

When: Saturday, September 23, 2017
Time: Meet at Gloria Dei to Leave to 9 am, arrive back at Gloria Dei at 4 p.m.



Fourth-Sixth Graders, join us as we head to Westport for Go Karts and the Beach!

Please be at church at 8:50 a.m.

Bring beach gear, a towel, dry clothing, $20, (sponsorships are available) and a sack lunch (no nuts please). Friends are always welcome!!!

All kids must have their J.A.M. registration and medical release form in order to go. (Friends too.) Forms are available on the Children's Ministry Bulletin Board and here on our website.

Drivers and chaperones are needed. Please contact Beth Tobin for more information.

Jesus, Our Vine


Jesus, Our Vine: Overview and Objectives

Written and complied by Beth Tobin for Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Olympia, WA. Copyright 2005, 2009. Permission granted to freely distribute and use, provided the copyright message is included.

Gloria Dei celebrated it?s 100th anniversary in September 2005. The theme for the celebration centered around our faith having strong roots like that of the oak tree. (An oak tree still remains on the original and former site of our church building in downtown Olympia.) This story in John about the vine and branches also reminds us to stay centered in Christ, firmly connected to the vine. Jesus is the vine in our lives that gives us strong roots, support, and guidance. As we thrive on Him and the gifts He gives us, we will be like branches and bear much fruit. Our fruit may look different from others because we all have been given different gifts. The more we grow in faith, the stronger our branches and roots become and the more fruit we can bear.


Bible Text: John 15

Memory Verse: John 15:5 NRSV

“I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.”

John 15:12 NRSV

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”

Goals and Objectives:

At the end of this rotation, students will be able to:

  • Name the two main parts of the Bible: Old Testament and New Testament.
  • Know that stories about Jesus take place in the New Testament.
  • Name and find the four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
  • Know that the Gospels are about the birth, life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
  • Explain in simple terms the metaphor: I am the vine, you are the branches.

Jesus is like the vine: strong, helps us, supports us, guides us, teaches us, cares for us. For older kids: branches and leaves don?t exist without the vine, they die. We have life in Christ. God?s love flows through to us like life-giving sap flows through the vine.

We are like the branches: we learn about God by ?abiding? in the vine - living with God and God in us. Our branches grow strong and bear fruit when we learn about God, and follow Gods ways. By making good choices in our lives we will be examples for others and help them to know about God too. By using the gifts God gives to us, we are sharing our ?fruit? with others.

  • To say the memory verse.
  • State several ways in which they can stay connected to God.
  • Identify “fruits” or gifts they have been given by God to use.
  • Understand that we are called to serve God and one another in love.

 Supporting Documentation

Rotation Schedule

You Tube Bible Study

Overview and Objectives

Lesson Template

Lesson Plans

Faith Journals


Second Grade Bibles!

Second Graders will receive their Bibles at the 11:00 service on October 1, 2017!

Each fall our congregation is so pleased to present Bibles to second graders and older students new to Gloria Dei. Bibles will be presented during the 11:00 service on Sunday, October 1. Pizza and Bibles will take place following worship on October1, at 12:15. Parents and second graders plan to join us for this fun time of learning more about the Bible!



The J.A.M. (Jesus And Me) Youth Group is open to all youth in grades 4-6. We're excited for a year of fun, service, and fellowship! Parent volunteers are always needed and appreciated! Link:

For more information or to chaperone, please contact Beth Tobin. And please RSVP to Beth so we are sure to have enough rides.

Early Childhood Education at Gloria Dei

Helping young children and their families grow in faith through developmentally appropriate events, education, and activities. 

Sunday morning classes for infants through Kindergarten begin at 10:00 a.m.  We hope that you will find Sunday School a positive and rewarding time of learning for both you and your child(ren).  All are welcome!

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Sunday School Classes for
Sun, September 24, 2017
Little Lambs: God Made Families
Rainbows: This is My Church
Sunbeams: Creation
Godly Play: The Bible, God's Word
Grades 1-5: The Vine and the Branches
Sixth Grade: The Vine and the Branches

3rd presents
the Communion Elements this Sunday!
(9:00 and 11:00 service)