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. This year Class is lead by Mrs Marino and Mr. and Mrs Hay. As a group they have been busy this year with Kayak trips, movie outings, hunger awareness activities in addition to their class activities.
In the summer of 2018 we will take 19 of our youth and adults to Houston for the ELCA National Youth Gathering. Together with 30,000 other youth and adult leaders we will learn about faith, adventure, service, and God’s presence in our lives. This will be 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. You can read more about our plans for this adventure (here).
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 Youth
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.
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.
Resources for times of tragedy
- People in-need can:
- Infographic on Supporting children who have faced trauma (from ChildCare Aware):
- SAMHSA’s Tips for talking with and Helping Children & Youth Cope after a Disaster or Traumatic Event: A Guide for Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers
- The National Association of School Psychologists’ Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers
- From the National Child Traumatic Stress Network:
- Effects of Traumatic Stress after Mass Violence, Terror, or Disaster (from the VA)
- How to Talk to with Kids about Terrible Things (from NPR with the National Association of School Psychologists)