Birth – 5th Grade

Faith begins in the home.
Children Youth and Family Ministry works to support the growth of faith both at church with worship and programming; and then continue that faith growth and conversation at home. 


“The one who believes and is baptized will be saved.” Mark 16
Baptism classes are offered monthly at Gloria Dei. Parents, sponsors and grandparents are welcome to attend. For more information please contact the church office, 605-371-3737 or

Milestones are opportunities to celebrate faith and how it is handed down from generation to generation.
Some milestones celebrated at Gloria Dei are:
Entering Kindergarten (Start of School Year)
First Communion (Holy Week)
Confirmation (late October)
Look for ways to celebrate milestones with us throughout the year.

MOPS is a place to find friendships, community, resources, and support for young mothers. MOPS is about meeting the needs of every mom of a child from conception through kindergarten. Children will participate in our wonderful Moppets program that includes story time, music, crafts, learning, and more. MOPS and Moppets meet at Gloria Dei on the second Friday of the month during the school year from 9:00-11:00 a.m. All are welcome!  
Questions: contact 

Church School

3-year old through Grade 5
Church School is for children and youth ages three-Grade 5. Gloria Dei creates a place where kids connect with adult and high school leaders to hear God’s Word while experiencing God’s love. Augsburg’s SPARK and CONNECT curriculum are used and our team teaches Lutheran theology through Bible stories, creative crafts, Christian games, music and more.

Sunday Church School

9:20-10:05 a.m.
10:50 – 11:35 a.m.
We strongly encourage families to worship together.  Your child(ren) will be dismissed before the sermon to attend Church School. Children 3 -5 years old should be walked to church school by a parent or guardian.

Wednesday Church School

4:00-5:00 p.m.

Heavenly Harmonies

Children’s Choir
(grades 1-5)
Wednesdays 5:00-5:30pm – Theater Room
This fun, exciting, and energetic ensemble sings, moves, and even uses instruments to provide special music in worship several times a year. The Children’s Choir is also involved with the Christmas and end of the year productions at Gloria Dei.
Children who are in Wednesday Church School will be dismissed for choir at 5:00pm.

Kids’ Night Out

Sorry adults – this fun night is for Kids Only!
A night for kids to get out and have fun with friends at church. Hot dog and chips, crafts, games, inflatables, crafts, movie; all on a Friday night. Adults supervise the middle school and high school youth who come to lead and play with your children. Children will have a fun night out! $20 for first child in the family and $5 for each sibling; $35 max per family.
Parents: this a great opportunity for a nice dinner out or a quiet evening at home, but act like it’s the kids who are getting the better end of the deal and that you will survive while they are out having fun. Watch the calendar and newsletter for upcoming Kids’ Night Outs.

Pickle Bus

Kids can ride the big green bus to church on Wednesdays on weeks when we have church school from:
Robert Frost Elementary
Harvey Dunn Elementary
John Harris Elementary
Edison Middle School
Patrick Henry Middle School
Contact Lara to check if there is room on the bus.

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School (VBS) occurs in the summer and is available to all children ages 3 years old – Kindergarten (2018-2019 school grade). Gloria Dei’s VBS uses high school youth as crew leaders to shepherd our young members and community friends. Crew leaders model serving the Lord and gain leadership experience, while adult volunteers lead stations and provide support for the crew leaders and children. VBS includes Bible stories, skits, snacks, crafts, games, service projects, characters, and music.
Registration is required.

2019 VBS Dates:

June 10 -14

NeSoDak Day Camp – Dei Camp!

4 days of worship, Bible study, music, service projects, games, and more teach our children to love God and serve the Lord. Open to Kindergarten -Grade 5 (2018-2019 school grade). Dei Camp is held at Gloria Dei in Sioux Falls. Registration is required.

2019 Day Camp Dates

July 29 – Aug 1

Registration has closed. Call 605-371-3737 to be placed on the wait list.

Camping Ministries

Lutheran Outdoors and Shetek Camping ministries offer many opportunities for our children and youth to attend camp throughout the state and to experience God through nature. NeSoDak Camp, Outlaw Ranch, Joy Ranch, Klein Ranch, and Shetek are some of the many camps we send our children and youth to each summer.
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