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.
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
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.
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 other’s stories, and see how we are all connected to God’s story.
We invite you back this Lent to continue to share your story with your Prayer Pal. Similar to time together during Advent, we expect Prayer Pals to commit to worshipping together on Ash Wednesday + FOUR Wednesday Lent Worships. We ask that youth, parents and Prayer Pals all attend worship together in Lent.
Worship will be from 6:30-7:15pm. As a guide for discussion, Prayer Pals will be given a Lenten Journal after worship on Ash Wednesday. Prayer Pals can choose to meet either before or after worship. A soup dinner will be offered before worship starting at 5:30pm.
Please take a look at the the Lenten dates below and talk with your prayer pal about which four you can commit to:
- February 14 ~ Ash Wednesday
- February 21
- February 28
- March 7
- March 14 ~ Drawn to the Word
- March 21 ~ Choir Cantata
We look forward to seeing you and your Prayer Pal together this Lenten season.
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.
Friends of Huruma ~ February 18
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. The goal is sustainable support for the children of the Centre. Friends of Huruma will pursue that goal by creating a community of supporters, locally in Minnesota and around the world, who want to make a difference in the lives of the children who make the Huruma Centre their home.
In partnership with the Social Ministry Team, we will learn more about the Huruma Centre, Iringa, Tanzania, and how we can be a community of support half-way across the world!
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 past fall we collected over $500 for Shobi’s Table, a new-mission start supported by the St. Paul Area Synod. “Shobi’s Table is a ministry of, by, and for folks in St. Paul’s Eastside who struggle on the margins of our community, bringing church outside the walls and onto the streets. They do church out of a food truck, offering healthy food, radical hospitality, and a chance for all people to celebrate and develop their gifts.”
As we move into 2018, the special offering will 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.
Learn more about Friends of Huruma.