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.

Youth Ministry

Young people are an important part of our congregation! They are the church here and now, and they are constantly shaping and reshaping our community. Our vision for youth ministry is to call, equip, and ultimately send out our young people to live as people beloved by God and set free by the cross.

We encourage you to read below and follow the links to explore the many opportunities available for young people at St. John’s. Please direct any questions you may have to Maggie Evans, Director of Youth Ministry. Thank you!

Important Links:

Worship Response Form - Confirmation

Registration Form

6th grade Confirmation Schedule

7th - 9th grade Confirmation Schedule

parents and mentors


You are at the very heart of Youth Ministry at St. John's! The programs and opportunities we offer would not be possible without your support. There are many ways you can help, and we encourage you to look at the volunteer opportunities by clicking on the box below. From weekly, to monthly, to one-time commitments, we hope there is something here for everyone. 

6th grade Confirmation

Lutheran Lakeside 2018 Happy Campers!

Lutheran Lakeside 2018 Happy Campers!

“We invite all current 6th graders to join us for an hour of fellowship, games, and discussion from 8:45 to 9:45 on Sunday mornings for their first year of Confirmation. We use the Echo the Story  curriculum from SparkHouse for year one of the Confirmation curriculum.”

7th and 8th Grade Confirmation


Students continue Confirmation through 7th and 8th grade completing the program with a celebration and special service on Reformation Sunday.  

This program is designed to give young people the opportunity to explore, question, and live the faith into which they were baptized. Developmentally, these years are an important time of growth as new teenagers begin to establish key aspects of their identity apart from family and parents, develop belief systems and moral standards based on personal experiences, and apply abstract thinking skills. Our hope is that students who complete this program will be able to begin to verbalize their own unique relationship to faith, the cross, and the gospel of Jesus. An additional goal of the program is to more deeply connect students with the life of our congregation as a whole. 

High School and Middle School Youth Groups

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Our Youth Group program offers a variety of opportunities for 6th - 12th graders. This program offers many events throughout the year to meet together for fellowship, outreach and study. Our time together is guided by the values of community, playlearning, and worship



Saturday, March 2nd:

  • Youth Fundraiser

Sunday, March 3rd:

  • High School Night - 6:00 - 8:00 pm

  • Lutheran Lakeside leads 6th grade Confirmation Class

Wednesday, March 6th:

  • Ash Wednesday - Lent schedule begins - Wednesday night Confirmation class starts at 6:15 thru Easter

March 17 - March 24:

  • Spring Break - No Confirmation Classes


Sunday, April 7th:

  • All Church Bowling Event - register with Maggie to join the youth team!

Sunday, April 14th:

  • High School Night


Summer is an exciting time around St. John's! Even though much of our regular programming slows down, there are always unique summer trips and events organized specifically for the young people in our congregation. 

Lutheran Lakeside Camp  

Sunday June, 9th - Friday, June 14th

Youth Bells/Service Learning Trip

Friday, June 21 - Wednesday, June 26

Wilderness Canoe Base: 2019

SUNDAY, July 28 - sunday, august 4  

Everyone who has completed 6th grade thru 12th grade is invited to join our annual trip to Wilderness Canoe Base for a week-long canoe adventure. These trips are an incredible journey that provide an opportunity for us to learn about and reflect on God's creation, strengthen our faith, and build teamwork and confidence. This trip also provides the rare opportunity to disconnect from our always connected lives and reconnect with a different pace of life. We hope you'll join the adventure!


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