Every three years, 30,000 high school youth and their adult leaders from across the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America gather for a week of faith formation known as the ELCA Youth Gathering. Through days spent in interactive learning, worship, Bible study, service and fellowship, young people grow in faith and are challenged and inspired to live their faith in their daily lives.
While in the city, Gathering participants will stay in area hotels to the many restaurants, parks, and cultural centers the city has to offer.
Take a minute (actually 1:33) and watch an intro video:
In this stage of faith formation, we focus on students building relationships that matter with God, peers, adult leaders and members of our communities. We build these relationships through energetic events, small group discussions, service-learning opportunities, and experiential worship.
(10th – 12th grades)
High school is a time of joyful, messy, brave identity formation. Advent high school youth practice personal, interpersonal, and systemic boundary crossing in safe and supportive community. We explore how to lament, celebrate, dialogue, show up, listen, and build meaningful relationships as spiritual practice. We recognize God in our vulnerable neighbors, in the community garden, in worship, and inside our hearts. We grapple with big questions and unfold into the sacred interaction of God’s story, our story, and the story of our broken and beautiful world.
In response to safe COVID-19 practices, High School gatherings will take place on Zoom until we are confident in moving to a next stage of personal connection.
(6th – 9th grades)
The rite of Affirmation of Baptism is an important time in the life of a young person, as they claim for themselves the promises made at their baptisms. Advent’s Confirmation ministry begins in sixth grade, and grade students can choose to Affirm their Baptism.
Our Confirmation program centers on getting to know God and each other better by studying scripture together. We take Bible stories in the Hebrew Scripture, using them as a window into the nature of God’s people, and then look at the New Testament to learn about Jesus and His followers.
By showing respect for yourself and your neighbor, you give God glory. We also take a closer look at how we can honor our minds, bodies, hearts, and classmates at a time when our identities are making some monumental shifts.
LINK to Wednesday Confirmation
20 October NO CONFIRMATION - MEA
24 November NO CONFIRMATION
In response to safe COVID-19 practices, we will have two options for participation in Confirmation classes, in-person and on Zoom Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm.
From the south: North on Highway 169. Exit on Co Rd 30 West/93rd Ave. and take a right. Go 3/4 mile, and take a right on Jefferson Hwy. The church is a quarter mile up on the left.
From the north: South on Highway 169. Take a right on 109th Ave. Go 1/4 mile, and take a left on Jefferson Hwy. The church will be almost two miles down on the right (shortly after crossing over Highway 610).