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.
Ox Lake Bible Camp 2019
This summer’s theme will be Claimed: Wildly Loved by God. Campers will study the importance of relationships & God’s call for us to live together in community.
- Confirmation Youth completing grades 6, 7 & 8 attend the OX LAKE Bible Camp from Sunday, June 16 to Friday, June 21.
You can register for camp by clicking HERE. Make sure to let them know that you are with Good Shepherd Lutheran Church so that we can get you our $80 campership (register before 3/15/2019)
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.
- 5:30pm – 8th Grade Confirmation
- 6:30pm – Worship for all
- 7:00pm – 6th & 7th Grade Confirmation
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 the 2018-2019 special events.
Feed My Starving Children ~ November 17
Confirmation youth and parents spent the morning making meals to be sent to children around the world. 50,238 meals!
Christmas Caroling ~ December 16
Meet at the church at 3:00 to join others in some old fashioned fun – sharing Christmas cheer to our homebound members through the singing of traditional Christmas carols at their place of residence. We will return to church for a pizza dinner before the Service of Light.
The annual winter retreat is January 12-13, 2019 at Camp Wapo in Amery, WI. We will celebrate the new year by flying down the sledding hill, hitting the ice for broom ball, drinking hot chocolate by the fire learning about God’s amazing love for us through worship and active learning.
Day of Service ~ February 18
Confirmation youth will meet at Good Shepherd to go out into our community learn about and serve at various ministries throughout the twin cities such as Lutheran Social Service’s Rezek House.
Meet An Older Friend ~ April 24
This is a 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.
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.