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
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.
Summer TIM Leadership Camp
Senior High youth are invited to come with us to Luther Park Bible Camp this summer from June 24-29 for a week of leadership development as well as favorite camp activities like swimming, crafts, outdoor worship, campfires, field games, night hikes and more! This camping adventure meets the needs and interests of today’s children and youth, providing a week to share and grow in Christian faith, life and community.
Through this summer’s theme, This Changes Everything, campers will learn how God’s grace changes these things and how we can work with others to show that grace to the world.
Youth will learn leadership skills you can use in church, school and everyday life. You’ll learn how to lead devotions, Bible studies, worships, games and how to lead small groups. This is an opportunity that can go on resumes or applications for college.
For more information on how to register for camp, please visit our Summer Events Page.
Our 10†25 ministry draws its purpose from the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25). In the words of Lyle Griner, creator of Peer Ministry Leadership, Good Samaritan leadership “is a lifestyle of caring, welcoming, and affirming every neighbor. We believe that all are called to a vocation of loving others, as a response to a loving God, through a relationship with Jesus Christ.” 10†25 welcomes all high school youth and seeks to provide a time and place where we can learn together how we can live a Good Samaritan lifestyle.
10†25 meets weekly during the school year on Wednesday evenings starting at 5:30pm.