ECLC Kids Youth & Families Summer

June 10 - August 26, 2018

Summer is a wonderful time for all ages to explore what it means that God is always with us. A reminder that God comes to us in the most ordinary of ways. There is nowhere Christ isn't - and no place we can't take Jesus. Stop by the the upstairs or downstairs kiosks at church for more information and to pick up summer brochures and activity guides. Also, here is a link to the ECLC Kids Youth & Families google calendar.

  • Worship at Edina Community Lutheran (ECLC) Sunday mornings at 8:30 & 11 (June), and 9:30 (July and August).
  • Connect with the children & families of ECLC, and special guests, for Story Song [Serve] and Snack, each Sunday at 10:30 (June 10-August 26). 
  • Post sightings of Flat Jesus on social media, and see what else we're up to at ECLC this summer and throughout the year by liking the ECLC Kids Youth & Families Facebook page.

story song [serve] & snack

Story Song [Serve] & Snack begins June 10 at with a meaningful and fun service project pre-packing food for our East African neighbors in Minneapolis. Special guest, Fardosa Hussan of Interfaith Youth Connections will read a story on this day, and teach us something about our Muslim brothers and sisters. Volunteers of all ages and abilities - new readers and experienced story tellers, the not-so-musically inclined and performing musicians alike - are needed to read a favorite story, lead a fun song, and/or provide a healthy snack on Sunday mornings from 10:30-11:00. Add your name at the sign-up center for this very simple way to serve!


Bring an age- and church-appropriate book of your own choosing, or you may use one of the books available in the basket set out for this purpose. If you want ideas on a story that will mesh with the Sunday lessons, check out this website: There are stories and questions suggested for every day of the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) year, connecting children's literature with our faith story. Most are not Bible stories, but can lead to conversation about the themes for that Sunday.


Simply bring your own singing voice! Our kids know the classics: Jesus Loves Me, Peace Like a River, If I Were a Butterfly, and more. Instruments or recorded music are welcomed but absolutely not necessary. Music resources (CDs and CD player, song sheets, smart phone speakers, children's instruments) are also available in advance for the asking.


Please do not bring anything with peanuts or tree nuts, as some of our kids are allergic to these items. Two dozen of anything should be adequate, leftovers are added to the treat table in the Fellowship Hall. We can provide paper napkins, cups, and plates if we know in advance they will be needed.

 Flat Jesus

Similar to Jeff Brown's children's character, "Flat Stanley," Flat Jesus (PDF) has the ability to be and go anywhere: teaching lessons of God's presence and Lutheran theology. Mostly though, Flat Jesus is a fun way to keep connected as beloved community during the summer.. Pick up a copy of Flat Jesus at church on any Sunday, or download a copy to print at home (PDF).

it's as easy as 1-2-3

Tag a picture of you with Flat Jesus on Facebook or Instagram, or tweet it with the hashtag #eclcflatjesus on Twitter. Include the location and a caption, or email me your Flat Jesus picture and we'll post it for you. We'll even laminate your Flat Jesus  at church on June 10th, between worship services. Laminated Flat Jesus can go anywhere! In year's past we had Flat Jesus pictures as close to home as the kitchen table, and as far away as Switzerland!

All in the circle summer camp

This summer we're thrilled to partner with Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light, and our friends at Redeemer in Minneapolis, for two full weeks of creative arts & nature camp at Redeemer and Theodore Wirth Park, June 18-22 and 25-29, 9am-3pm.

Campers entering or already in grades 1-7, senior high counselors in grades 8-12, and adult volunteers of all ages connect with the natural world and with each other for the Council of Willow Pond. We'll climb trees, build forts, dig oceans and rivers in the mud, create imaginary worlds, play hide and seek, pretend to be wild animals, go on adventures, have councils, explore and discover the interconnectedness of all things, and uncover the gift of oneself to the community. 

Campers registration is still open and there are a few more spots for campers and counselors. You can also check out the website to learn about camp staff, a day in the life of camp, and more!

the naming project summer camp

The goal of The Naming Project is to provide a safe and sacred space where youth of all sexual orientations and gender identities are named and claimed by a loving God; can explore and share faith; experience healthy and life-giving community; reach out to others; and advocate for systemic change in church and society. The Naming Project Summer Camp is for 14-18 year-olds or those who have completed 8th-12th grades who are of any sexual orientation or gender identity or expression who are interested in discussing and understanding sexuality and gender in terms of their own spiritual journey and are excited to spend time with other teen campers and staff while canoeing, swimming, hiking, singing, doing arts and crafts. Youth Camp is August 5-10, at Bay Lake

  • Camper Registration Form (PDF)
  • Camper Health History Form (PDF)