As we renew our faith and faith of all people through study, devotion, encouraging spiritual practices and lifting up spiritual gifts we recognize that our Middle School and High School Youth are often at a cross-roads – no longer children, but not yet adults. We support our youth on their spiritual journeys with opportunities for study and contemplation, but also fellowship and release as they deal with the pressures of adolescence in today’s times.
When our young people enter Middle School, they are invited to spend three years taking a deep dive into their faith, the Bible, and what the Lutheran church teaches. After this period of study and preparation, our eighth graders publicly affirm their baptism at Confirmation. Confirmation Class typically meets at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday evenings.
High School Youth are invited to gather between services for their own brand of “Sunday School.” SME equips youth for leadership opportunities both within the church and throughout their lives. The youth explore a peer ministry leadership curriculum that focuses on listening, helping and welcoming.
Senior High Youth gather several times monthly on Wednesday evenings for fun and fellowship. The Middle School Youth join with the Senior High Youth once a month during their regular Wednesday meetings. Both groups enjoy a variety of off-site events as well. Recent events include a multi-church lock-in at Enchanted Castle, a trip to Sky High Sport trampoline park, and a team-building adventure at Chicago Escape Room.
The summer fun doesn’t end when you age out of Vacation Bible School. Confirmation kids spend a fun-filled and faith-based week at Lutheran Outdoor Ministries every summer for Confirmation Camp while our Senior High Youth gather for a week each summer on a three-year rotation focusing on adventure, service, and the ELCA Youth Gathering.