A faith community created especially with youth and their families in mind so everyone may ask real life questions trusting the commitment to build authentic relationships with God and with one another.
Youth Leadership Week - July 5-12 | Camp EWALU is coming to town just for our youth! Middle and High School youth are invited to join in for this week to learn about leadership and serve at the Thrift & Gift sale on July 9, 10 and 11. Everyone must wear masks and socially distance. Space is limited, so contact Pastor Katie as soon as you can at email@example.com or (319) 360-7246. View an invitation from Pastor Katie here: https://youtu.be/Zp2WKC3ni40
Confirmation Ministry for 7th and 8th Graders | Typically Wednesday Evenings 6:00-8:10 p.m. September through May. Simply - this is the best two hours of every week!
Students in 7th grade and 8th grade gather for a meal, worship, teaching and conversation! Typically led by Pastor Katie on Wednesday nights. In large group/small group we tackle many topics and practices of being Lutheran as we prepare students to take on the responsibility of what it means to grow in our faith.
Currently we have over 30 students with 10 small group leader. Our Confirmation ministry is vibrant! We teach using a variety of techniques to reach students where they are at! In our world - we believe every student is gifted by God! We have an unique focus on building a personal relationship with God and with others while stirring our hearts to respond with love!
We rotate our two-year program with 7-8th grade students learning all together.
Teachings of Dr and Pastor Martin Luther
Lutheran History and the ELCA
Sacraments, Creeds and Commandments
Year of the Bible
General Bible overview so everyone has their own Bible and knows how to find things in it.
Specific study from the Hebrew Texts (Old Testament) and the Greek Text (New Testament)
Wednesday Night Youth Group - WYN | WYN is the highlight of our week for High School Students. Students and small group leaders gather for a meal, have their own game room and meeting space so they may reconnect with the 4+ High School Communities that attend WYN. The group meets weekly at 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Currently during the summer, WYN Virtual Meets on the 1st Wednesday of every month.
VBS and Day Camp Leadership Development | Typically the 3rd week of July, M-F 8:30-4:30 p.m.
6-12th grade students are part of the VBS/Day Camp Staff! We are all in for a week of faith formation and leadership development for and with our youth leaders. We have a one-of-a-kind Hybrid VBS/DC model (insert Sacred Playground endorsement here). We typically have 30 youth students join us for their own special week of being part of the group and leading within the group! Being “on-staff” as a youth leader is a BIG DEAL, so much so that we hire college-age mentors to work with our youth leaders providing all youth staff the opportunity to grow in their own faith walk as well as being a leader for elementary students and peers. We go off campus for servant projects and the youth lead on-site projects after being in their own Bible study small group.
Camp at Ewalu | We are mutual ministry partners with Camp Ewalu in Strawberry Point, Iowa http://ewalu.org/
Confirmation Camp | Typically the 3rd week of June
We believe that time dedicated to being unplugged from the daily activities and surrounded by nature is a wonderful way to experience God in new ways. As pastors, we believe attending camp is a huge part of a student’s personal discovery about God. We strongly encourage all confirmation students to attend confirmation camp when going into 7th grade. Financial assistance is available for all students.
Youth Summer Mission Trips | Students 12-18 years of age, Camps are in June or July
Each year Middle Schoolers and High Schoolers build a team for the Summer Youth Mission Trip!
In past years we have traveled to Princeton, IL, Breckenridge, MN and Ohio. Once there we join with youth from around the country and Japan to complete home improvement and handicap accessible projects for local residents. We are mutual partners with local churches and agencies serving the needs of residents in their towns and region. Visit our Mission Trips page for more information on how to sign-up.
“We are grateful to the “Thrift and Gift” team for designating their proceeds to help offset our costs!”
ELCA National Youth Gathering | Gather with 30-40,000 ELCA Students in 9th through 12th Grades, Gathering is every 3 years with a new location determined by the ELCA Youth Leadership Team. Holy Trinity teams up with other local ELCA youth ministries.
Keystone on Sundays | HS Youth visit Keystone Living Center on the 2nd Sunday of the month to play card games. Group leaves from Holy Trinity at 9:30 a.m. They play cards and board games with residents building a cross-generational community on Sunday Mornings.
Youth Leadership & Development |
At Holy Trinity we believe that youth are not the future of the church we believe they are the church in the here and now! So we want to encourage each student to discover their spiritual gifting as well as develop their very own leadership style.
1) Students are invited to participate in Alpha for Youth to encourage
2) As they grow in their faith they are invited to take a youth friendly course on spiritual gifting. What is that? It is discovering how your unique - you - is part of building up, serving and encouraging others.
3) Serve joyfully at church and beyond.
VBS/Day Camp Teen Leader, 30+ hours in one week of intentional leadership development, youth leading youth! This happens all in one week at church guiding elementary students to grow in their relationship with God and with others.
Join a Youth Mission Team, 40+ hours in one week serving in a regionally sponsored Youth Mission Trip (home repairs!)
Join a ministry team team, 1-10 hours a month serving as an usher, greeter, tech team or one of the many other teams.