The Mission and Ministry of Our Savior through its Preschool
The work of Christ continues in this world as He works through the church to care for people’s bodies and souls. With this in mind, the congregation of Our Savior voted unanimously on June 5, 2011 to affirm that the Our Savior Preschool is the primary mission of this congregation to the Cheyenne community. With this great resolve, the congregation affirmed its past decisions for the preschool and also set a good course for its future as well.
The Preschool of Our Savior is an extension of the congregation. Because of this, the preschool is under the regular oversight of the congregation through its boards and council. Being a mission to the Cheyenne community, it is also under the spiritual oversight of the pastors of Our Savior. The mission and ministry done through the preschool flows out from what the congregation receives from its Lord every work during Divine Services.
There is a two-fold mission and ministry for the Preschool. The focus of this comes from the Post-Communion Collect written by Dr Luther, where we ask God to strengthen our faith in Christ and our love for our neighbor (“faith toward You and fervent love for one another”, Lutheran Service Book page 166). This is in keeping with the summary of the commandments as Jesus taught them (Matthew 22:37-40).
First, there is faith in Christ. This means that the preschool will seek to teach the children more and more about Jesus. The teaching will be grounded in the Holy Scriptures and in accord with the Lutheran Confessions. The teaching will not only teach about who Jesus is, but about what He has done. It will seek to instill the basic truths of Christianity to the children, including the Ten Commandments, the Apostles’ Creed, and the Lord’s Prayer. This teaching will involve both regular devotion time, class time, and also weekly chapel times at Our Savior. It is our fervent prayer that the Holy Spirit would use the Word of Christ to strengthen or even create faith in Jesus among the children of our Preschool. Knowing the blessings that are given to us by Jesus in Divine Service every week, we also will seek to invite and encourage the families of our preschool to be fellow partakers of those blessings.
Secondly, we want to emphasize love for the neighbor. The Preschool does this through teaching children the basics of education for this world. These basics form the foundation to our work in any vocation that our Lord gives us in order to benefit our neighbor. All of this teaching for the good of the neighbor will be consistent with our faith in Christ as well, meaning that the teachings of “neighborly” things will conform to the Scriptures teachings about the world around us. A Christian Worldview is a gift which we seek to give to our children so that they can be of great benefit to the neighbors that God puts around them in their lives. To encourage the Preschool in this task, the congregation will seek to provide support and oversight in these matters helping the Preschool be the best it can be in service to the families and children that attend it.
This is the mission of our congregation through the Preschool, to instill the Christian Faith to the children right alongside teaching them the basics of learning that will be the foundation for a lifetime of service to their neighbor. May God bless His work through us, and may He keep us faithful in all things.