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

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





Baseball Game Outing on August 7 has been cancelled. 


POOL PARTY DATE HAS BEEN MOVED TO MONDAY, AUGUST 20TH!                                                   

Pool Party at Pastor Bob’s House. Monday, August 20th 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.



Wednesday, September 5th: Meeting for students being Confirmed this fall and their families. We will go over Capstone presentation dates, Confirmation weekend events and post confirmation participation. The meeting will begin at 6:30 in Room 8 and will last about 45 minutes. 

Sunday, September 9th: Rally Sunday! Stop by DDI between 8:45 and 10:00 to say hello, register and have a donuts! :) 

Saturday, September 15th - Sunday, September 16th: Confirmation Retreat at Riverside in Story City! All 6th - 10th graders are invited! Please RSVP to Maggie by Sunday, September 9th. Attention Parents!! chaperones are still needed for this retreat! Please let me know if you are free to spend the weekend with us at Riverside Bible Camp. 



Sunday, October 6th: High School Night. All 9th thru 12th graders are invited to an evening of dinner, games and student led faith discussion. We will meet on the first Sunday of each month, October - May, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. 

Saturday, October 27th: Confirmand and Family rehearsal and brunch. 

Sunday, October 28th: Affirmation of Baptism, 10:00 service with reception to follow. 


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: 2019 dates tbd :) 

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!


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