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

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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.  

Worship Response Form

Confirmation Schedule

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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, playlearning, 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

  • Chili Cook-off


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

Grades 6-12


(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

Grades 6-12


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