East Walle, Evanger and Walle Lutheran Churches have all been faithfully serving God for over 125 years.
It is our mission to reach out to all generations to nurture faith and help make sense of life in this world.
Children, Youth and Young
It’s hard. To get the kids up and ready and have them sit still for any amount of time, let alone an hour. And for worship? It is such a foreign thing for kids. How will you connect them to the faith you’ve been given and cultivated? Better yet, how can the church be a better place for kids and young families as they venture through life in all of its ups and downs? First know this: God loves disruptions. We welcome them too. We know that kids and babies don’t use the same words that we use to praise God, but that they add their own shouts and whispers, cries and coos. And that is good. Don’t worry about showing up on time or looking your best. All are welcome here, especially young ones.
At Grand Forks Rural Parish we believe that having small children and infants in worship is like having children at the dinner table. They’re here because they are part of the family, not because their manners are perfect. The only way for them to learn how to worship is by doing. So we welcome children of all ages to our worship services.
During the school year…
…we offer Wednesday Evening Children’s Education for Pre-K through 5th grade from 6:00-6:45 p.m. at Walle.
…we offer Wednesday Evening Confirmation Courses for 6th, 7th and 8th graders from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Walle.
In the summer…
…children and youth are encouraged to attend summer camp through our partner in ministry, Red Willow Bible Camp.
…we partner with St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Thompson for Vacation Bible School
…we worship on Sunday mornings.
…we worship outdoors, once a month, on Wednesday evenings in June-August.
The 9-5. The daily grind. The mortgage. The bills. The question, is there more than this?
At GF Rural Parish, come and find:
Balance. Words for life. Nourishment.
Sermons that take serious the challenges that life serves up.
Worship that honors God and helps us to be rooted in meaning and purpose.
Rest. Encouragement. Grace.
The Faithful Generation
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.
My Hope is Built on Nothing Less
by Edward Mote
GF Rural Parish has been served through the years by many faithful generations who are strong in faith and hospitable to the younger generations. Their fidelity to the gospel of Jesus has sustained the church. Their encouragement of younger generations has gifted the church with a great sense of welcome. We give thanks for them.
Every month each congregation’s Women of the ELCA (WELCA) Circles meet for bible study and fellowship. Call the office (701) 599-2382 to find out more.