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.  

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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



Wednesday, August 28th

  • 6th - 8th grade Confirmation student and parent Orientation - 5:30 - 7:00 - dinner provided


Wednesday, September 4th

  • First Class of the year – Meet in Weertz at 6:30.

Sunday, September 8th

  • Youth Summer events presentation. If you participated in any youth trips this summer be sure to be in Weertz at 8:45 to share your experiences with the congregation.

Sunday, September 15th

  • Bible Sunday. Bibles presented to 6th and 7th graders.


Sunday, October 13th

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

Saturday, October 26th

  • Confirmands rehearsal and brunch. 9th and 10th graders and families.

Sunday, October 27th

  • Affirmation of Baptism - 10:00 service - Confirmands gather in Newman by 9:15.

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  

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2020 Summer yOUTH Service Trip

High School

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Wilderness Canoe Base: 2020  

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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