High School Youth Program at Good Sam
High School Sunday school meets each Sunday during the school year to share Hi’s and Low’s, have a guided discussion, do a devotion or Bible Study. We have had a couple guest speakers join us to share their faith stories.
In the summer of 2018 we took 19 of our youth and adults to Houston for the ELCA National Youth Gathering. Together with 30,000 other youth and adult leaders we learned about faith, adventure, service, and God’s presence in our lives. This was our 5th National Youth Gathering and every time we go, our youth and adult leaders come back with new vision for God in our lives.
Most every year we go on retreats in March to Virginia Beach and take a day trip to Kings Dominion. We have also been known to show up and cheer for one of our own in a track meet, wresting match, basketball game or another activity.
Middle School YouthOur Middle School events include a Hunger Awareness retreat weekend each autumn organized by the Society of St. Andrew. This event is designed to help us learn how we can help solve the hunger problem rather than feel guilty for what we have. In addition to spending time gleaning in the fields for food that would have gone to waste, we plan ways to help bring the message home to our community. The Baltimore Quake, hosted by Youth Encounter, for Middle School Youth is a weekend to explore our connections with God and how we can bring that back home to our friends. We spend the weekend exploring and expanding our understanding God’s plan for us through the theme for that year. We also have lock-ins to allow us to spend an evening together in fellowship with an emphasis on a theme. We usually have a movie, devotional activity, and games that are centered on our theme.
Each Sunday our Middle school youth meet for Christian Education The 7th and 8th graders meet for Confirmation Class in the disciple’s dens while the 5th and 6th graders meet in the main building for bible exploration. The Confirmation Class studies the five parts of Luther’s Catechism; Baptism, Communion, the Lord’s Prayer, the Ten Commandments and the Apostles’ Creed over a two year period. We also work on personal Faith Statement in the spring of each year, sharing our beliefs, doubts, and thoughts with our Pastor, our teachers, and our classmates. The work to develop and then refine our Faith Statements is the culmination of the confirmation program.
Fellowship of Families
Our Monthly family fellowship group is for families with children 0 through the 5th grade. Each month we meet for an activity to visit, have fun and connect with each other. Often we gather for a meal and have activities for the kids. Watch for Fellowship of Families events and come join us. You can search this site for Fellowship of Families activities past and present that will give you a good sense of what we have been doing.