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!

Sixth Grade is an important time of transition in the life of our students. Our 6th Grade Confirmation program is designed to bridge the Sunday School years and the Confirmation program. 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 throughout the school year. You will also have an opportunity to be part of the Advent Program!! We use the Echo the Story curriculum from SparkHouse for both the 6th and 7th grade Confirmation curriculum. During the 6th grade Confirmation year we will focus on the Old Testament portion of the curriculum.  

7th, 8th and 9th Grade Confirmation

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Students continue Confirmation through 7th, 8th and 9th 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



Sunday, December 23rd: 

  • All youth are invited to stay after the 10:00 service to help hang the stars for our Christmas worship. Pizza and dessert will be provided. 11:00 am - 2:00 pm.


Sunday, January 13th: ***(DATE and TIME CHANGE)***

  • High School Night. 5:00 - 8:00 pm. We will watch and discuss the movie The Hate You Give. Snacks provided.

Friday, January 18th - 19th:

  • 6th - 12th grade Lock-In. 6:00 pm Friday night to 10:00 Saturday morning. All 6th - 12th graders are invited to an evening of games, food, fellowship and sardines.

Wednesday, January 23rd:

  • Youth prepare and serve Beloved Community Meal


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 7th 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