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. We are privileged to walk with you Together on the Journey.
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. 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. Each grade will meet separately this year to allow for social distancing.
Confirmation Orientation for Youth and Parents
Grade 7 & 8
September 15 ~ Grade 7 @ 5:45pm & Grade 8 @ 7:15pm
We encourage you to stay or come for Wednesday worship at 6:30pm.
Classes begin at the above times on the following Wednesday.
Pre-Confirmation Orientation for Youth & Parents
Grade 5 & 6
September 19 @ 12:30pm
New this Year! Grades 5 & 6 will come together for some special Pre-Confirmation learning with Pastor Leesa on Sunday mornings from 10:45-11:30. Class begins September 26. Youth Orientation for this newly developed ministry is Sunday September 19 at 12:30.
Grade 9 Parent/Youth Faith Encounter
September 19 @ 11:00am
Students will receive details about Confirmation Sunday,
along with tips on how to write their faith story.
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. Prayer Pals meet during Advent & Lent and pray for each other all year.
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.
Summer Camp – Ox Lake, a Camp Wapo site ~ June 20-25
Attending camp is not an expectation of confirmation students in 2021, but will be again summer 2022. Pastor Leesa will attend a partial week in 2021. Good Shepherd is offering a $100 campership for each confirmation student.
This year’s theme is “Just Love – The Lord’s faithful love fills the whole earth ~ Psalm 33:5. Together we will experience the adventures of Ox Lake with proper safety protocols in place. We stay in cabins, eat delicious home cooked meals, and play, play, play. We experience campfires, Bible studies, worship and specialty activities. We also experience swimming, low/high ropes challenge course, canoeing on the St. Croix, bubble soccer, horseback riding and loads of games.
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.
Wednesday Worship Stewardship
During Wednesday Worship, a special offering is collected that supports the ministry of the church locally and globally. We give all our Wednesday night loose change and dollar bills to 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, and Neighbors Inc which is a social service agency providing emergency and supportive services to the communities of Northern Dakota County.