***During the Coronavirus pandemic, please refer to our Family Resource Page for information and ideas for at-home ministry activities. 

The programs below are not meeting until further notice. Please stay tuned for updates as they become available. Thank you for your patience. 

  • Sparklers (Nursery) – Sundays am
  • Sparks – Sundays am
  • All God’s Children Choir – Sunday mornings
  • Grace Notes Choir – Tuesday evenings

Good Shepherd has many opportunities for children to grow in faith and connect with other children. Sunday School (SPARKS) is the primary program for children, but there are many fun opportunities throughout the year for your child, including an Easter Egg Hunt, Vacation Bible School, Fall Festival, and a night to celebrate Advent.

We have several serving opportunities available for group leaders (lessons and materials are provided), special event planning and service teams (tech, check-in, welcome, etc.). If you are interested in partnering with us to serve children as they come to know and love God, please click here to learn more about our opportunities.


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First Communion 4th grade and older
The decision of when your child will receive communion is one that every parent should prayerfully consider. The study of scripture, guidance by the Holy Spirit, and consideration of family beliefs, are some of the things that help direct this decision. Regardless of when you choose for your child to begin receiving communion, Good Shepherd partners with families by offering Communion instruction beginning in 4th grade.   Full-day attendance at the retreat is necessary to participate in the First Communion worship service.
  • First Communicants will come with their parents, or other significant adult, to learn more about who God is and who we are as His children.
  • Full-day attendance at the retreat is necessary to participate in the First Communion worship service.
  • The cost is $35 per child for the day. This includes lunch and materials.
  • Scholarships are available if needed.
  • Childcare is available for siblings for a $15 fee per child. Lunch is included.
  • Invite family to a special First Communion Service.
  • Optional cake reception follows.
  • If you cannot attend, your child can receive communion on the next weekend your family comes to church. Please understand that First Communicants will only be recognized at the First Communion Service.

Upcoming First Communion dates will be listed here when details become available.

For more information, reach out to our ministry leader by using the button below.
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Club 45 4th & 5th Grade

Midweek Preteen Ministry for 4th and 5th Graders

Tuesday evenings, 7-8pm CST

Club 45 provides a fellowship and outreach opportunity for 4th/5th graders. Currently this ministry is available online. Your preteen will learn about Jesus through games, a large group message, and small group time with their peers and Children's Ministries leaders. This is a great bridging opportunity for 5th graders transitioning into our middle school ministry (FUEL). All 4th and 5th graders are welcome! Church membership is not required to participate. Register here.
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My Bible Experience
For kids in kindergarten - 2nd grade + parents. God tells us that we have a responsibility to open up Scripture with our children. Children's Ministry offers this pastor-led interactive Bible experience to share tips, practical ideas, and resources. Our goal is for you to feel motivated and equipped to read the Bible regularly as a family! Childcare is available for a small fee.

Upcoming My Bible dates will be listed here when details become available.

For more information, reach out to our ministry leader by using the button below.
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Special Needs Support In Children and Student Ministries
Our goal is for all children and students to be able to successfully participate in all ministries with their peers. Based on each child’s individual needs, we provide:
  • One-on-one buddies
  • Coordination with staff and small group leaders
  • Accommodations (visual schedules, fidgets, etc.)
These supports are available in all children and student ministry opportunities and special events. If you have any questions, please click the "Email Leader" button below. CURRENT CHILDREN'S MINISTRIES REGISTRATION FORMS AND UPDATES CURRENT STUDENT REGISTRATION FORMS AND UPDATES
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Good Shepherd Preschool Weekdays

We are open! 2020-2021 Preschool Registration

Registration for the 2020-2021 school year is now open HERE. Classes available for children 2½ to 5 years old by September 1, 2020. For more information, please contact us at 630-961-9055, preschool@goodshepherd-naperville.org, or www.gslp-naperville.org
Good Shepherd Lutheran Preschool is a Christian-based preschool with experienced, caring teachers in a friendly, safe atmosphere. Our curriculum based on the Illinois Early Learning Standards and includes Spanish and Musik Garten enrichment classes, monthly Sanctuary visits with the pastors for spiritual growth, and Handwriting without Tears®. Good Shepherd Lutheran Preschool Offers:
  • A balance of self-directed learning and teacher planned experiences.
  • Curriculum that includes many opportunities to participate in a wide variety of interests.
  • Parent-teacher communication through monthly and weekly newsletters, e-mails, and parent teacher conferences.
  • A team of director, teachers and teacher assistants who exceed the qualifications of DCFS.
  • Field trips, Mom’s day, Dad’s day, parent informational programs and many other fun activities throughout the year.
For more information, visit the Preschool website.  
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