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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!
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 from weekly, to monthly, to one-time commitments, there is something here for everyone.
6th - 8th Grade Confirmation class meets Wednesday nights September - May. Students begin Confirmation in 6th grade and continue through 7th and 8th grade completing the program with a celebration and special service on Reformation Sunday in the fall of there 9th grade year.
High School Youth Group
Our High School Youth Group program offers a variety of opportunities for 9th - 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, play, learning, and worship.
Sunday, October 20
capstone presentations 8:45 am (Neumann) Jakob, Matthew , Nathan, Cooper, Sophia
Saturday, October 26th
9:00am - 11:00am Confirmands rehearsal and brunch. 9th and 10th graders and families. PLEASE RSVP BY OCTOBER 15TH.
Sunday, October 27th
Affirmation of Baptism - 10:00 service - Confirmands gather in Neuman by 9:15 for pictures.
Tuesday, November 5th
Christmas Preparation (stars, flashlights and cookies) 10:00am - 2:00pm
Sunday, November 10th
Youth Bake Sale 8:45am - 11:00am
High School Night 6:00pm - 8:00pm - DDI
Sunday, November 24th
Sunday, December 8th
Youth Ministry Team meeting - 11:15am (Neumann) New Members are Welcome!!!
High School Night 6:00pm - 8:00pm - DDI
Wednesday, December 18th
Youth Prepare and Serve Beloved Community 4:00
Confirmation Christmas Party 6:30 - 7:30
Monday, December 23
Star Hanging (Sanctuary) 10:00am - until we are done. Lunch provided :)
2020 summer youth trips!
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 14 - Friday, June 19
Confirmation Camp - Grades 6-8
Junior Confirmation Camp - Grades 3-5
Youthworks Service Trip - Lake Traverse, SD
Sunday, July 5 - Friday, July 10
(from the Youthworks Website):
“One of the most unique partnerships YouthWorks is developing in Lake Traverse is with the old middle school in the middle of town, which is being converted into a community education and activity center. Your group will help facilitate children’s programming at this building, serve the residents in local assisted living facilities/nursing homes and help out with other work projects in the community. You’ll learn about Dakota culture from a community friend, explore a state park that is spiritually significant to the local tribe, and join the community for a cookout. YouthWorks has partnered with this community since 2005.”
Wilderness Canoe Base
Friday, July 24 - Friday, July 31
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!