Middle School Ministry
Confirming faith is discovering more deeply what has always been known and that which was made visible in baptism – that we are God’s beloved children. Let us walk with you on the journey of faith!
Our goal is for Youth to connect Faith to Life, to become disciples/servants of Christ, to gain knowledge of Lutheran traditions and to develop and nurture their relationships with peers, parents and their faith community.
Confirm†Faith is another step on the journey of faith as our youth move into their middle school years. Four principles drive the Confirm†Faith ministry: Worship, Learning, Community Building and Service. In order to have a full Confirm†Faith experience, each family is strongly encouraged to make a commitment to the entire Confirm†Faith ministry.
Confirm†Faith classes will begin Wednesday, September 20 at 6:30pm. We begin our year with important team building activities before exploring the Sacraments – how ordinary things (like bread, wine and water) are made extraordinary through the presence of Christ. Evenings together will follow this simple schedule:
- 6:30pm – Edu-Worship Experience
- 7:00pm – Large Group Presentation & Activity
- 7:30pm – Small Group Connection with Faith 5
Service Learning Projects & Events
Relationships are very important while walking on our faith journey! Event Ministry opportunities help kids “do” their faith when they are having fun and serving with other kids and adults.
Real Food, Real People with Shobi’s Table
An event for the entire family! Join us this evening as we take time to create a meal and relationships with the guidance of Shobi’s Table, a ministry of the St. Paul Area Synod! Where church comes in the form of a food truck, Shobi’s Table is “a ministry of, by, and for folks struggling on the margins in St. Paul.” Not only will you have the opportunity to make an authentic food truck meal, but you will also hear stories of real people who have struggled with homelessness and how you can be a voice for change in your community.
At Good Shepherd, we want to surround youth with numerous relationships that model and mentor faith. That is why every year we ask our middle school youth to find a Prayer Pal – a supportive adult from the congregation to be a mentor! The primary role of a confirmation Prayer Pal is to constantly remind our youth that God loves them a ton and wants to use their gifts to make this world more right. We also hope that Prayer Pals pray regularly for each other, recognizing the milestones in each other’s lives.
As part of the Confirm†Faith ministry and to best support the relationship, Prayer Pals will meet on Wednesday evening during the seasons of Advent and Lent. If asked, please consider this opportunity a privilege that is easy to do, but will make an incredible impact. We are always looking for members to be Prayer Pals! If you are interested please contact Jacob Niewinski at email@example.com.
Youth in Worship
A core component of Confirm†Faith is engaging youth with Sunday morning worship. Throughout the year youth will have the opportunity to serve as acolytes, ushers, readers and greeters. We ask parents, whenever possible, to get involved with their children on the days they usher and greet! The ‘Youth in Worship’ happens at both the 9:15am and 10:30am services.
Wednesday Worship Stewardship
During Wednesday Worship, a special offering is collected that is dedicated towards multiple outside organizations. This upcoming fall we will be collecting donations for an organization whose mission is to bring awareness to and serve those who are homeless in our community.