Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

7600 Cahill Avenue, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076 651.451.6225 Get Directions

Middle School / Confirmation

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 life!

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.

Register for Luther Park!

All Confirm†Faith youth are highly encouraged to come with us to Luther Park Bible Camp in Danbury, WI this summer from June 24-29 for a week of our 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.

Here’s a glimpse of what each age can expect to experience at camp:

  • Grades 6-7 Full Week Beta Camp: Campers experience a week of adventures that provide growth, development and expression of the Christian faith.  This is also a great opportunity for teems to work through some of the biggest questions of life.
  • Grade 8 Full Week Treehouse Camp: Youth spend a week in rugged tree houses, working together to grow in a relationship with God, the environment and each other.  This adventure will challenge and strengthen you in all aspects of your life.  You will have the opportunity to cook over an open fire, explore, get dirty, get away from the crowd and have a ton of fun in God’s great outdoors!

Good Shepherd is offering a Campership for each child.  Funds you don’t use for the Camperships are given to kids who need full scholarships in order to attend camp.  An initial deposit of $200 is due by March 1, final payments are due by May 15.  (Scholarships are available for families who need further assistance.)

For more information on how to register for camp, please go to our Summer Events Page.

VBS Youth Leaders

All Confirm†Faith youth are highly encouraged to come with us to Luther Park Bible Camp in Danbury, WI this summer from June 24-29 for a week of our 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.

Confirm†Faith

Confirm†Faith is another step on the journey of faith.  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 happen on Wednesdays throughout the school year.  Evenings together will follow this simple schedule.

  • 6:30pm – Messy Worship
  • 7:00pm – Large Group Presentation & Activity
  • 7:30pm – Small Group Connection with Faith 5

Prayer Pals

The great joy of our Prayer Pal ministry is that it provides an opportunity for stories to be shared. We are given space to share our story, listen to others’ stories, and see how we are all connected to God’s story.

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.

Here are all the special events where we served and grew together over the past year:

Real Food, Real People with Shobi’s Table
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.”

Winter Retreat
A weekend retreat to Camp Wapo, connecting with friends and learning how to a prayerful life.

Friends of Huruma
New and exciting for Good Shepherd, we are beginning a partnership with Friends of Huruma, an affiliate of the Global Mission partnership between the St. Paul Area Synod and the Iringa Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania.

Meet An Older Friend
Time for retired members of Good Shepherd to host a small group of youth at their home and share some of their favorite stories from the “good ol’ days”.

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.

Youth in Worship Schedule

Wednesday Worship Stewardship

During Wednesday Worship, a special offering is collected that is dedicated towards multiple outside organizations. Since January, the special offering has collected $218 in addition to another $1,200 from congregational giving to go towards Friends of Huruma, an affiliate of the Global Mission partnership between the St. Paul Area Synod and the Iringa Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania. The Huruma Centre, a ministry of the Iringa Diocese, is a children’s home in Iringa, Tanzania, which provides a safe home, nurture, nutrition, and education for children who, for a variety of reasons, have no family or others to care for them.

Learn more about Friends of Huruma.