Youth Ministry

Youth Ministry

Welcome to youth ministry at OSLC. Church is a place of community, of faith formation, of questioning, and of relationship. You can ask us anything and we will do my best to answer from the perspective of Scripture, Lutheran theological teachings, and our own lived experience. What you see is what you get with us. We are not here to inform your opinions or tell you what to believe. We are here to encourage, guide, and seek alongside you. We are all in this together, responding in faith to God’s invitation to love, forgiveness, and service to our neighbor.

As we enter the school year we are continue our phase of “growing” the youth ministry here at Our Savior’s for our high school youth. This will be a multi-year process as we plant the seeds in our younger youth and accompany them as they grow on their faith journey. We began last fall with our 7th/8th grade confirmation program ministry and will move forward now inviting more youth into faith formation and beyond. From there there are no limits and we are seeking the Holy Spirit’s guidance and wisdom to help us learn what God is up to in this time and place.

As part of our Safe Church commitments, all youth who are involved in our youth ministry programs are asked to have a signed participation form and release on file each year. You can download the PDF here and return an original signed form anytime to the church office.

We are excited for the opportunity to walk with youth on this journey of growth; it may not look like much now but great things are yet to come for sure!

Our Savior’s Education Committee

Middle School Faith Formation: Confirmation
Wednesday Evenings from 7pm-8pm

Our middle school faith formation program called “confirmation” meets weekly during the academic year on Wednesday evenings. This two and a half year program, traditionally for 7th-9th graders, includes two years of class gatherings focused on our faith as Lutherans, the Bible, and what it means to be a Christian in todays complex world.

Youth choose and will work with an adult mentor throughout their confirmation journey who will walk alongside them as they navigate learning and discernment.

In the third half-year, traditionally the fall of 9th grade, youth work one-on-one with their mentor and pastor to develop a faith statement in preparation for their choosing to affirm their baptism during public worship. This affirmation allows the youth to make their own choice and affirm their own faith using the same questions that were asked of their parents and sponsors when they were baptized as children.

Gatherings & Faith in Daily Life
Opportunities Monthly As Scheduled

Throughout the entire year we offer monthly opportunities for youth to encounter their faith in their daily lives along with having fun while doing it. These offerings include day or weekend long retreats, fundraising opportunities that help build relationships, and leisure outings like going to a movie or bowling.

Details on these events are shared widely with families and the congregation as applicable. Please reach out to the church office for any details of to be added to our email/text communications.

God’s Work. Our Hands.
Beyond our Church Walls

In response to the Gospel we are called to serve our neighbor. We offer various ways for our youth to engage in this work including service projects and annual mission trips. These include partnering with local and national service organizations along with traveling to serve in other contexts along with a trip to the tri-annual ELCA Youth Gathering.