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

Confirmation Schedule 2017-2018

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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


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, June 24 - ELCA youth gathering trip meeting 11:00 - 1:00. This meeting is required for participants. 


Join us on Monday, July 9th for a visit to the Historical Building, lunch and a leisurely stroll across the Principal River Walk and back to St. John’s. We will meet at the Historical Building at 11:30 and be back to St. John’s for pickup by 3:00. Please RSVP by Thursday, July 5th. Cost is $6. 

Our final Boundary Waters pre-trip meeting is Sunday, July 15. We will begin after the 10:00 service and will be finished by 1:00 in DDI. We will go over the final schedule, packing tips and do some team building. This meeting is required for participants. Boundary Waters trip dates: Friday, July 20 – Friday, July 27. Please arrive at St. John’s by 4:00 PM on Friday, July 20th.  


A day at the ballpark on Tuesday, August 7th! We will meet at St. Johns at 11:00 and walk down to Principal Park to watch the I-Cubs take on the Las Vegas 51s. Please RSVP by Wednesday, August 1st. Tickets are $6.

Pool Party at Pastor Bob’s House. Tuesday, August 21st we will be meeting at Pastor Bob’s house for a pool and pizza party from 3:00 – 6:00. Please RSVP by Wednesday, August 15th.

Please send all RSVPs and questions to Maggie at or 515-822-4490.

Summer 2018

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. 

Wilderness Canoe Base:

Friday, July 20 - Friday, July 27, 2018

Everyone who has completed 7th grade and beyond 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!

Registration Deadline: January 9th

"Always in the big woods when you leave the familiar ground and step off alone into a new place there will be, along with the feelings of curiosity and excitement, a little nagging dread. It is the ancient fear of the Unknown, and it is your first bond with the wilderness you are going into. " -Wendell Berry

this changes everything: a service learning trip - June 27-july 1, 2018

Every three years, 30,000 high school youth and their adult leaders from across the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America gather for a week of faith formation known as the ELCA Youth Gathering. Through days spent in interactive learning, worship, Bible study, service and fellowship, young people grow in faith and are challenged and inspired to live their faith in their daily lives.

Events dates June 27th  – July 1st with travel days before and after the event.

Registration Deadline: November 1st

We hope you will join us!

Lutheran Lakeside Camp  

Thank you to our 2018 campers!



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