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McFarland Lutheran Church


Child Life



Hi everyone!  I was walking back over to Rainbow with some of my favorite preschoolers and I asked what Chris had talked to them about in worship. They said they talked about Jesus and God and learned a song and said a prayer. And then one little girl looked up at me and said I didn’t have to worry any more because “God is pretty much in charge of it all.” That seemed to sum it all up for them (and me!).

I cannot tell you how the wisdom of children, spoken in a few, chosen words can help discern and unravel the mysteries of God. Books and essays, doctorate publications, and endless debates have gone on over theology and bible interpretation. But a three year old just wraps it up by saying “don’t worry, God’s got this.”

But then last week, some of the school age friends were talking to each other about the shooting tragedy at Parkland High School in Florida. They just couldn’t understand why it happened and all of that “in charge” doubt came creeping back into my thoughts. I was waiting for the question and it came. “Deb, why did God let that happen to those kids?” I said I don’t know why it happened but I know that God did not want  it to happen and that God feels such sorrow when sad and bad things happen to people. They looked at me and said that God must be feeling really sad right now. I could only agree, and then we prayed for those families.

I know I have written this before, but I feel such gratitude to be able to come here every day and be ministered to by the youngest ad most fragile of our community. Children always give us more than we think they are capable of, and coming to CLM allows them to speak to one another about God and Faith, Forgiveness and Salvation. Please never doubt that that this ministry receives, but also gives back.

And in the final chapter, God holds us all, heals us all, and helps us all to understand that above all, God saves us all. Through His son Jesus, God has told us that he has “pretty much got this,” and us, in the palm of His hand. And He is not letting go.

Deb Nygaard 


Click on the following link to see the Schedule of Events for All CLM Programs.

CLM Schedule of Events 

Fee Schedule and Registration Forms;

2018 2019 Registration Form Needs to Completed for Each Child 

Pre-K, Tot Spot and 3 Year Old Preschool Registration Form 2018-2019 

Rainbow Center and School Age Registration Form 2018-2019



Child Life Ministries (CLM) is an important ministry to the children and families within McFarland and the surrounding communities, as a preschool and childcare provider for children ages 2 1/2-10 years. It is a joy and a privilege to serve you.  Please watch this 5 minute Video about CLM.


The Child Life Ministries offers programs for preschool, pre-kindergarten, and school-aged children as well as full time child care. See a brochure about CLM or read more about our programs.



We believe that in order for children to grow and learn, they must have a program that provides a nurturing and comfortable environment that is structured to meet the physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs of each individual child. Our program focuses on the development of the whole child. Our philosophy has its roots in our Christian belief that each child is a special and unique gift from God. Our philosophy is also largely based on the work of Erikson and Piaget and so we feel that children develop sequentially from one stage of development to another. Therefore, we provide children with opportunities that will challenge them and aid in their progression from one stage to the next. We also believe that children learn by doing. Active learning and its components are important parts of our curriculum.

Mission Statement

McFarland Lutheran Child Life Ministries is an outreach ministry of McFarland Lutheran Church to the young children of our community and their parents. Academic growth evolves through Christian care, worship, music, art, play, sharing, and story. Our school and childcare center embody a Christian atmosphere of love, acceptance, grace, and forgiveness to each individual child.


Our Child Life Ministries began in 1979 with the Martin Luther Christian Day School corporation. Since then our ministry has grown to expand on the preschool by the addition child care and after school care. More on our History.


Meet our staff.


Access the Family Guidebook.


Access the Enrollment and Registration Forms.


Answers to our most frequently asked questions.

Read the McFarland Lutheran Church newsletter and look for the Child Life Minitries article.