Youth are figuring out who they are as they search for whose they are. At Good Shepherd, we are committed to accompanying our youth through this journey of self-discovery, helping them become faithful disciples of Jesus in an increasingly complicated world. Youth are invited to participate in all aspects of our life together, focusing on service, education, and fellowship.
Sunday School for youth begins at 9:45 a.m. every Sunday from September until May. They are divided into groups for middle school and high school students.
Youth use the Feasting on the Word curriculum for each session. We provide opportunities for young people to explore their personal and communal identity in Jesus Christ through meaningful community-building experiences, engaging Bible study, and relevant learning activities. Biblical stories will come alive in new and creative ways. In response to God’s amazing, unconditional love, youth will be challenged to put their faith into action as they grow to understand themselves as Christ’s disciples.
Students in 7th and 8th grades are invited to participate in confirmation. This is a time for young people to explore and reaffirm their identity as baptized Christians. This fall, our class will meet on Wednesday evenings from October to December. We will be using a question-based curriculum as we study the Bible, the catechism, the creeds, and the liturgy.
In addition to weekly meetings, the confirmation class will go on excursions and service projects. Students choose to participate in self-led activities outside of the classroom, such as making a prayer book or visiting a house of worship of a different tradition. Finally, students will attend “Campfirmation,” a week of summer camp at Lutheridge in the mountains of North Carolina.
The four goals of confirmation at Good Shepherd are:
- To educate students about our Lutheran heritage, history, and traditions.
- To form students into active disciples of Jesus Christ and encourage lifelong engagement in the church.
- To provide students the foundation for a healthy and robust spiritual life.
- To prepare students to be effective witnesses of the gospel in a pluralistic and secularizing world.