Youth Ministry

Gethsemane’s youth ministries are open to all teens interested in deepening their Christian faith and forming a supportive community with their peers. The heart of our ministry’s success is caring volunteers and eager support from the rest of the congregation.

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7th – 9th grade Confirmation ministry
Our 3-year Confirmation Ministry begins in 7th grade, meeting Wednesday nights from 6:30 – 
8 PM, September – mid-May. Small groups of five to seven students led by adult and senior high volunteers meet to share their stories and discuss each week’s Bible lesson. Sunday mornings students take turns assisting in worship. Each year we have a fall retreat, host two overnight lock-ins, and offer some additional fellowship opportunities, worship field trips, and servant events. 

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Each summer, students are invited to attend a Lutheran camp together:
  • 7th grade: a week at Green Lake Bible Camp
  • 8th grade:  BWCA Canoe trip
  • 9th grade: trip to Montana for backpacking and whitewater rafting (click for photos) 
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“HOUSE”  A class and fellowship for 7th-12th grades, which meets in the Youth Room from 9:40 – 10:40 on Sunday mornings. 

Confirmation Assignments (click here)

Senior high ministry
Our senior high youth are invited to be part of Journey and explore how they would like to deepen their faith.

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Raising leaders
Teens are invited to serve on our Youth Council, representing their 7th-12th grade peers to plan fellowships, and we recently participated in Peer Ministry Leadership training. We’ve been annually sending a teen as a voting delegate to our ELCA Synod Assembly. Each spring our teens team up to lead an entire Sunday worship service. Youth-Led Worship 2016

Scholarship help for programs 

Cost should never be an obstacle to participating in powerful faith experiences. Youth and their families are encouraged to participate in a number of congregational fundraisers through-out the year to offset camp costs.   


Additional opportunities: 
Youth Choir and Youth Bells