Education

Preschool

Holy Cross has been providing quality Christian education in Dakota Dunes since 1996 and is the oldest such program in the area. We are blessed with an experienced staff and excellent facilities. The Christian environment includes basic Bible stories, prayers, and weekly chapel times. As Psalm 78:4 says, "We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, His power, and the wonders He has done."

Pre-Kindergarten classes are offered for 4–5 year olds, Preschool classes for 3-year-olds, and Mom’s Day Out for children 2–3 years old — including those not yet fully toilet-trained. Holy Cross Preschool follows the Dakota Valley School District calendar, and snow days also follow Dakota Valley.

All students must be of age for their class by September 15, and students will not move up during the school year. To enroll your child in Pre-Kindergarten, Preschool, or Mom’s Day Out, or for more information about our program, please call the Christian Education Office at 605-235-1688, or email the Holy Cross Christian Education Office.

After-School Care

After-School Care at Holy Cross provides a structured, supervised, safe environment for children in Kindergarten through 6th Grade. They enjoy quiet time for reading or homework, snacks, crafts, free play, and outdoor activities.

The children are dropped off by the Dakota Valley and Sacred Heart busses and stay up to 6:00 PM. Holy Cross After-School Care follows the Dakota Valley School District calendar, including early out and snow days, when After-School Care at Holy Cross begins early as needed.

To enroll your child in After-School Care, or for more information, please call the Christian Education Office at 605-235-1688, or email the Holy Cross Christian Education Office.

Sunday School

In Ephesians 6:4 the Lord urges parents regarding their children, "Bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord." Sunday School is provided at Holy Cross to assist parents in fulfilling this important responsibility toward their children.

Sunday School is held during the school year, stopping for the summer on Memorial Day weekend and resuming with Rally Day on the Sunday after Labor Day. On Rally Day children entering 3rd Grade are presented by the congregation with My First Catechism, children entering 5th Grade receive an edition of the Holy Bible with study aids, and children entering 7th Grade are given Luther’s Small Catechism.

Following worship and snacks in the Gathering Room, Sunday School begins each week with a brief opening in the Sanctuary. The children then go to their classes in the Educational Wing. We are currently using Sunday School curriculum from Concordia Publishing House that provides a solid background in Bible history, with an emphasis on God's saving action in sending His Son as our Savior. If you wish to enroll your child in Sunday School at Holy Cross, or for more information, please call the Christian Education Office at 605-235-1688, or email the Holy Cross Christian Education Office.

Vacation Bible School

Each year, Holy Cross has a large and very successful Vacation Bible School program. It is usually held in the mornings during the first week of June. In addition to Bible lessons, activities include crafts, music, snacks, and recess. The focus is on outreach into the communities which our congregation serves, and VBS at Holy Cross is really a community event, with most of the children in attendance not members of Holy Cross. Check our News and Upcoming Events for more information and specific dates.

If you wish to enroll your child in Vacation Bible School at Holy Cross, or for more information, please call the Christian Education Office at 605-235-1688, or email the Holy Cross Christian Education Office.

Midweek School — Confirmation Class

Proverbs 22:6 both urges and promises parents, "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it." Midweek School and Confirmation Class is provided at Holy Cross to assist parents in fulfilling this important responsibility toward their children.

Classes are held during the school year, stopping for the summer about a week before school ends, and resuming about a week after school begins. Midweek School is on Wednesday evenings. The Pre-Confirmation Class for 5th–6th grades focuses on key Bible stories and memorization of the Catechism, to prepare for Confirmation Class in 7th–8th grades.

In addition to Midweek School classes, as part of the Confirmation program the children, accompanied by their parents or guardians, faithfully attend worship services at Holy Cross and serve as acolytes and crucifiers.

For the requirements to be confirmed at Holy Cross please check the Confirmation Policy adopted by the Board of Elders. If you wish to enroll your child in Midweek School at Holy Cross, or for more information, please call the Church Office at 605-232-9117, or email the Church Office.

Youth Group

Holy Cross High School and Junior High youth meet monthly for social and service activities. A Youth Bible Study meets on Sunday mornings in the Church Library.

Adult Bible Class

Following worship and snacks in the Gathering Room, Adult Bible Class meets on Sunday mornings at 10:30 AMm in the Fellowship Hall or Hearth Room. Topics cover sections of the Bible or a wide variety of issues.

Adult Information Class

Adult Information Class will help you learn more about the teachings of the Lutheran Church. Although it prepares you for membership in the Lutheran Church, there is no prior obligation to join. That is a decision you can make upon completion of the class. Just let the Church Office know you are interested.

If you have a background in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, just ask the Church Office to have your membership transferred.

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