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": fellowship that centers around seeing God in each other’s lives through conversation. The youth spend the hour discussing the places in their lives that they find joy and hardship and how God can be present in all of it.
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.
Youth who have completed sixth and seventh grades are invited to attend Confirmation Camp at Lutherdale Ministries in Elkhorn, Wisconsin where they will join with youth in the confirmation process from congregations all across northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin for a week of intentional Christian community that will foster new friendships while growing closer to the friends they already know. Click on the Lutherdale logo to learn more about this and other Lutherdale program offerings.
This summer, the LMC high school youth will travel to Houston, Texas to participate in the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering, a triennial gathering of youth from all over the country for a week of faith formation, fellowship, and service. Click on the Youth Gathering logo to learn more about the 2018 Youth Gathering.