St. John's Lutheran Church

In the City for Good!

St. John's Lutheran Church participates in God's mission to bless, save, restore and reconcile the world through meaningful worship and faithful witness in the city of Des Moines and around the world.

St. John's Lutheran Church invites and welcomes all people to experience the Good News of God's grace, forgiveness and unfailing love. The Good News calls and empowers us to share God's love in word and deed throughout our city, nation and world.

Children's Ministry General Information

Sunday School outdoors at our annual service at Jester Park.

Sunday School outdoors at our annual service at Jester Park.

All children age three-fifth grade are invited to attend Sunday School!  Sunday School teachers use the Spark curriculum published by Augsburg Fortress.  Spark empowers kids' creativity and imagination as they explore Scripture through exciting activities that reinforce the lessons.  Sunday School is held from 8:45-9:45 on Sunday mornings. 

Each week a Sunday School offering is collected. Children are encouraged to give a portion of their own money during this time. If your child receives an allowance, please encourage him/her to use some of that money for our Sunday School offering. Our goal is to help children practice the routine of joyfully and faithfully giving of what we have.

Sunday school classes participate in service projects throughout the programming year.

KDZ@SJLC for three through five year olds meets during Beloved Community on Wednesday evenings. Connections of worship, education, and our church year help learners link faith to their daily lives through music, movement, crafts, stories, and games.

Growing Together is a ministry team established to coordinate educational Christian family activities that encourage families to grow in their faith and share in fellowship such as:  

“Our Lutheran Heritage” which gives children and their families an opportunity to take part in a hands-on and educational celebration of Reformation Sunday and Martin Luther.  This event offers a series of interactive stations with activities for families to do together and some tasty treats just for fun. 

Follow the Star Epiphany Family Event held on Epiphany Sunday.   Families have an opportunity to go on a treasure hunt and participate in fun and educational stations along the way that help them learn more about Epiphany.   

Rehearsals for the Children’s Advent Program are used as a tool to help children learn more about the meaning behind some of our Advent hymns and songs.  These hymns and songs along with Bible readings and reflections are shared at the Children’s Advent Program in mid December.  

People of all ages and walks of life are invited to be a part of this ministry.  For more information contact Alicia Karwal, 243-7691 ext.334.


 600 6th Ave. Des Moines, Iowa  50309 - 515.243.7691 - a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America