Good Shepherd is committed to growing a Christ-centered community for youth in North Raleigh. We acknowledge the present ministry of youth and support them as active members of the church. Now is a great time to become involved as we re-vision our ministry to and with youth.
Sunday School classes are held during the traditional school year, 9:30 - 10:30 am.
Pre-Confirmation (6th Grade) - Learning Annex Left
When students enter middle school, they begin Pre-Confirmation on Sunday mornings. During this year, students blast through the Old and New Testaments with a strong focus on Jesus and our relationship with him. Participation in Pre-Confirmation and receiving the biblical overview greatly enhances the Confirmation experience to come.
Confirmation (7th & 8th Grade) - Underwood North
7th grade students typically enter Good Shepherd’s Confirmation program. The bulk of the Confirmation program will occur on Sunday mornings, with occasional outside requirements. Session topics range from but are not limited to the Apostle’s Creed, Luther & the Reformation, faith & science, and our neighbor’s faith. One does not need to be enrolled in Confirmation to participate in these offerings; however, Confirmation students are expected to participate each week.
High School Sunday Morning Education - Erin Chaffee Youth Room
9th – 12th grade students gather each Sunday for caring conversation, devotion, service, and shared rituals. Accompanied by caring adults, this provides a time to tackle relevant issues in a safe space and point to Christ at work in their lives. Come as you are and bring a friend. This weekly gathering is designed for high school students to drop in as they are able.
6th – 12th grade students gather throughout the school year on every 1st and 3rd Sunday evening, 6:30 – 8:00, for dinner together followed by middle and high school break outs.
Middle School Break Out
After a meal together, 6th – 8th grade students break out into their session of games, conversation, and devotion. Come as you are and bring a friend. This gathering is designed for all middle school students to drop in as they are able.
High School Break Out
After a meal together, 9th – 12th grade students break out into small groups. This year, we are using the ELCA Youth Gathering’s “Getting Ready” curriculum for our time together. Topics such as the Reformation, homelessness, mental health, and human trafficking will be discussed. This gathering is designed for students who wish to connect with their faith and fellow student at a deeper level. We encourage consistent participation to get the most out of this time together.
Music is an important part of both worship and faith formation, as it can deeply connect us to God and each other. Our middle and high school choirs rehearse weekly, sing regularly in worship and even serve together. If you share the love of music, we invite you to join us!
HeartSong (high school) rehearses Tuesdays, 6:00-7:00 pm
EverBlest (middle school) rehearses Wednesdays, 6:00-7:00 pm
Greater Church Involvement
When we step beyond the walls of our congregation and witness the scope of the global church, we experience the Body of Christ that’s bigger, deeper, and more diverse than we could ever imagine.
• Teens Encounter Christ: Held at Camp Agape every Labor Day and Martin Luther King Jr Day weekend, sophomores – college freshmen from all over eastern North Carolina dive deep into what it means to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
• Lutheran Youth Organization (LYO): Every February, 6th – 12th grade Lutheran students from all over North Carolina gather in Greensboro for a weekend of large group gatherings, small group discussions, and congregational bonding.
• ELCA Youth Gathering: Every three years, 30,000 Lutheran youth and adults gather in a large U.S. city to serve, worship, and learn about our call as Christians.
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