St. John's Lutheran Church

In the City for Good!

St. John's Lutheran Church participates in God's mission to bless, save, restore and reconcile the world through meaningful worship and faithful witness in the city of Des Moines and around the world.

St. John's Lutheran Church invites and welcomes all people to experience the Good News of God's grace, forgiveness and unfailing love. The Good News calls and empowers us to share God's love in word and deed throughout our city, nation and world.

confirmation at st. johns



During the summer before 7th grade students are invited to spend a week at Lutheran Lakeside Camp! We traditionally attend camp the first full week of June. Although participation is not required, we strongly encourage it. The week provides a great opportunity for the kids to build lasting friendships with one another, meet confirmation groups from other Lutheran churches, and also get to know their pastors and youth directors. All costs are subsidized by the church and scholarships are also available upon request.



6th and 7th grade Confirmation focuses on Bible literacy and study. We have our work cut out for us—first passed down orally and then compiled over hundreds of years by many different authors in a variety of languages using a diversity of writing styles and eventually sorted into the canon we read today by a group of ancient church leaders—the Bible is no easy book to read. As a class we will journey from Genesis through Revelation and along the way we will learn tools and techniques for reading scripture in a life-giving way.





8th and 9th grade students will focus on Luther’s Small Catechism. Luther wrote the Small Catechism as a resource for parents to teach their children about the faith. We now use it primarily in a church setting, and it is what Lutheran churches throughout the world use as the basis for their confirmation programs. Think of that! Lutherans around the world in South Korea and Tanzania and Slovakia and elsewhere all study the Small Catechism and that means you share yet another common language of faith with your brothers and sisters throughout the world.


History and more


In between Catechism weeks the 8th and 9th grade students will delve deeper into learning about the evolution of Christianity over the past 2000. We will cover topics ranging from the beginning of the Catholic Church and the life and beliefs of Martin Luther to the importance of prayer and meditation in our lives.  




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Confirmation culminates with a final project designed by each student. Some students may choose to organize a volunteer project, others may want to preach or compose a song, and yet others may decide to organize a community art exhibit. With guidance and supervision, students are encouraged to put together a project that is uniquely them. During the Confirmation 3 year students will work with the pastors and director of youth ministry to identify a suitable capstone project and develop a plan of action to successfully complete that project.  Students will be invited to talk about their projects with the wider community during. This will take place during the educational forums in the weeks leading up to Reformation Sunday. 

 600 6th Ave. Des Moines, Iowa  50309 - 515.243.7691 - a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America