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!

“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 for their first year of Confirmation. We use the Echo the Story  curriculum from SparkHouse for year one of the Confirmation curriculum.”

7th and 8th Grade Confirmation


Students continue Confirmation through 7th and 8th 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



Friday, May 3rd

  • Confirmation Lock-In

Wednesday, May 15

  • Final Confirmation Class of the year

Sunday, May 19th

  • Graduate Recognition - 10:00 service

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


Wednesday, June 5th

  • End of year celebration at Pastor Bob’s - 5:30 - 8:00

Sunday, June 9th - Friday, June 14th

  • Lutheran Lakeside Confirmation Camp

Friday, June 21st - Wednesday, June 26th

  • Youth Bell and Service Trip


Sunday, July 7th

  • Boundary Waters Pre-Trip Meeting for everyone attending the Boundary Waters Trip

Sunday, July 28th

  • 8:00 am - BW trip: Church service then depart for Minnesota


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

Music/Service/Fellowship trip for St. John’s youth entering 6th through 12th grades. For more information, please contact Maggie Evans ( or Beth Ann Edwards (


·         Friday, June 21, through Wednesday, June 26

·         Stay in the dorms at Marquette University

·         Explore Milwaukee and the lakefront area, probably a Brewers baseball game, maybe a boat ride on Lake Michigan

·         Spend time together in conversation about dedicated topics (faith, social challenges, etc.)

·         Present worship music at a local church in Milwaukee

·         Volunteer for a local non-profit on Monday and Tuesday

·         Cost: $150 per person. Scholarships are available.

·         Parents are welcome to attend as chaperones

Wilderness Canoe Base: 2019

SUNDAY, July 28 - sunday, august 4  

*Registration Closed*

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