Youth Groups

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for

the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” — Matthew 4:12

Good Shepherd strives to provide a wide variety of opportunities for youth to engage and practice their faith.  From the prayer workshops for toddlers to senior high students serving folks in Appalachia, youth of all ages can find a way to practice discipleship at Good Shepherd!

For questions about our Youth Groups or Family Ministry, reach out to Jen Jarman, Director of Faith Formation, at jjarman@goodshepherd.com.

Scott Puthoff
/ Categories: Youth, Children & Families

Faith Milestones

Good Shepherd observes the following Faith Milestones during the development of our youth:

  • Baptism (any age) -  Baptism is a means of grace.  It is an ancient rite and a clear and concrete way that God reveals love and mercy to us.  In Baptism, we are welcomed into the Body of Christ fully.  ALL are invited to take part in the sacrament of Baptism.
  • Prayer Workshop (2-3 year olds) - This fun, engaging worship engages young children to the concept of prayer and different prayers they can practice daily with their family.
  • Worship Workship (K-1st Grade) - Children get up close and personal with the organ, alter, and other spaces they usually see from the pews during worship.  They also learn about the whys and hows of a Lutheran worship service.
  • First Communion (3rd Grade) - All Baptized people are welcome to the Lord's Table at GSLC.  It is during 3rd Grade that our youth learn about the sacrament of Communion and how the simple act of eating bread and wine brings Christ into our lives.
  • Bible Workshop (4th Grade) - The Bible workshop equips youth with the basic understanding and layout of the Bible.  Students also recieve a Bible as a gift from Good Shepherd at this time.
  • Hear We Stand (6th Grade) - This faith milestone gives our soon-to-be confirmands the student workbook that they'll be using during Confirmation and an overview of the Confirmation process.
  • Confirmation (7th - 8th Grade) - Confirmands spend several years learning about our shared Lutheran faith as they seek to become confirmed members with the church.
  • Baccalaureate (12th Grade) - A celebration of our senior high students as they enter leave high school behind to enter into a new phase of their life.
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