Senior High Ministry
Senior High is a time of exploration, doubt and discovery. At Good Shepherd, we want to build relationships with our youth as they wonder who they are and where they belong and how God fits in. As they make these discoveries, we provide opportunities for youth to ask questions in a safe place and practice living out their faith in the world. Leadership opportunities include service projects, summer mission trips and peer mentoring.
Faith is not just something that we learn and keep to ourselves; faith is meant to be shared! Our collaborative ministry provides opportunities for youth to go out and put their faith in action alongside churches in the St Paul Area. These are times to continue to grow in relationship with Christ and our neighbors together.
Here is a list of the many ways we served and grew together this past year:
Good Shepherd’s All-Nighter
Connecting local teens to make friends, have fun, and praise God. Great way to start the year with fun activities and community-building.
Potato Packing with Union Gospel Mission
Taking time in during the Thanksgiving season to give back to the community in joining Union Gospel Mission and helping with packing potatoes and food bags for distribution.
Caroling and Mario Kart
Celebrating Jesus’ birth and sharing the joy of the holiday season with the Norris Square Senior Living Community.
Snow Tubing at Green Acres
An opportunity to gather in community and embrace the joy of Minnesota winter.
Hunger Awareness Retreat
A 12-hour experience where we will learn and share about how hunger and food insecurity is affecting communities around the world. Partnered with Urban Immersion and the Sandwich Project.
Knowing My Neighbors
Supporting for our friends at Neighbors as we wrap up an intense month with the Minnesota FoodShare Drive. During the month of March, Neighbors receives an extreme increase in donations and needs extra help sorting and organizing those donations.
Step Up Leadership Development
A day-long experience at Gustavus Adolphus College that introduces youth to college-level concepts of leadership and help them develop a stronger personal plan for continuing to grow as a leader.
Summer Mission Experience
Where: Southside of Chicago, Illinois
When: June 23-29, 2019
What: We will spend most of our time on the city’s south side, partnering with local ministries working with children, the elderly and those who are homeless. In the evenings, we will experience a taste of downtown Chicago and enjoy community events.
Mission Trip Stakeholder Reception
August 11 at 9:30 & 11:00
Choose the time that works best for our stakeholders to enjoy yummy treats and coffee while hearing how you made an impact in Chicago through our youth!
Mission Trip Pool Party
August 11 at 12:00 at the Gorr home
All mission trip participants are invited for brats and burgers and picnic food at the Gorr home.
Bring your swimsuits and towels for a summer swim!
2018 Trip to Flathead Valley, Montana
The Senior High Youth had an adventurous week serving with Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp for the summer mission trip. The journey began with a 25-hour train ride to Whitefish, MT, where upon arrival we were cheerfully greeted by FLBC staff. During our stay we assisted in the Kalispell Thrift Store run by Flathead Industries, helped convert an old mall into a new non-profit hub with United Way of Flathead, and supported youth through construction and relationship building with the Boys & Girls Club of the Flathead Reservation. To end our time in Montana, we braved and survived whitewater rafting through Buffalo Rapid. As we boarded the train back for Minnesota, we were sent with the Montana Blessing:
May your visions be as boundless as the breath of our sky
May your soul have the strength of our mountains
May your life be as peaceful as our gently falling snow
And your days be as many as the trees
Coming home after doing service work can be confusing, because suddenly we look at our lives back home in a different way. Sometimes we zoom out and refocus – or perhaps reframe the shot altogether – we see life more clearly. If we take a close look, we might discover that we see and notice God more clearly too.
Servant Leadership Program at Camp Wapo
This program provides Senior High youth an opportunity to grow in faith and leadership skills by working with younger campers. Those participating in the Servant Leadership Program (SLP) will be housed in Wapo youth cabins, trained to assist Wapo counselors in leading a variety of activities while also gathering together to be coached and challenged by an SLP counselor. This experience is ideal for those demonstrating maturity, commitment and joy in working with younger kids.
SLP is limited to seven 9-12th graders each week. Those interested need to submit an application with references. Applications will be accepted through April 14th. If there are more than seven applicants for a given week, early submissions and older applicants will be considered first. The Wapo program team will contact you within two weeks after reviewing your application.
Registration is on Sundays from 3:00 — 5:00 pm.
Closing worship is on Fridays at 12:00 pm when family and friends are welcome and encouraged to attend
For more information on how to register for camp, please click here.