Children and Youth Ministry
Welcome to the Children and Youth Ministry at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church! Whether you're a "regular" or a newcomer, we invite you to join us at one of the many opportunities to be involved in our church community!
We offer opportunities for youth ranging from preschool through high school to learn and grow in Christian faith, serve our neighbors, and have fun with friends! Our Sunday School classes meet from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. almost every Sunday of the year, including during the summer.
Activities for Elementary Youth (Grades 1-5) include an "adventure", movie night, and bagged lunch service project every month. Over the summer, we offer additional adventures and Vacation Bible School. Children not yet in elementary school are invited to come with a supervising adult to special events (like our annual Easter Egg Hunt), movie nights, and to Elementary Youth activities.
Our Elementary Youth program offers a range of activities for students in Grades 1-5. During the school year, we have a monthly adventure that can include crafts, games, trips, moonbounces, and more. We also offer occasional daytrips, community service activities, and holiday-themed events for elementary youth. These activities all complement our Sunday School program.
During the summer, our Summer Elementary Adventures program offers several daytrips to swimming pools, playgrounds, and amusement parks in the area. Our week-long Vacation Bible School is another summer opportunity for elementary youth to have fun while learning about the Bible.
Teen Youth (Middle and High School)
Middle and High School Youth have many joint activities as "Teen Youth" (Grades 6-12). They serve meals to the homeless and have several fun activities every month, in addition to lock-ins, retreats, and other service opportunities throughout the year. Some activities are specific to middle or high school.
Our Teen Youth program provide opportunities for students in grades 6-12 to build friendships, deepen their faith, and serve their neighbors.
Teens are invited to participate in a range of fun activities offered several times every month, including not only meals, parties, and lock-ins at church but also outings to movies, concerts, games, and more.
High School Youth are encouraged to participate in small Bible study groups that meet approximately twice a month. For more information on joining a Bible study group, please contact Mary Cathryn.
Both Middle and High School Youth have the opportunity to go on retreats several times a year. Each age group has their own retreat at a camp every fall. Other retreats vary from year-to-year but always include larger retreats where teens have the opportunity to meet hundreds of other Christian youth from around the region.
Service is a central component of our Youth programs. Teens have three opportunities every month to help provide meals to local homeless shelters. Other service activities occur periodically throughout the year and include the 30 Hour Famine, a popular event where teens fast to raise money for global hunger relief efforts while also performing local community service and learning more about issues of poverty and hunger.
During the summer, many teens choose to participate in week-long service trips where they perform much-needed home repairs for low income families (High School) or volunteer with various community organizations (Middle School).
Vacation Bible School (VBS)
Our popular Vacation Bible School (VBS) occurs in August. Kids enjoy great songs, crafts, games, snacks and Bible stories. Since space is limited, registration is often limited to children who attend Good Shepherd Lutheran's church and preschool.
Youth participating in activities should have a Medical Emergency Release and Permission Slip on file with the church office that is less than 1 year old. Completed forms signed by a parent may be brought on the day of the event or submitted in advance to the church office.