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.
6th Grade Sunday School - 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 have an opportunity to learn and grow in their Lutheran-Christian faith every Sunday morning. They’ll hear faith stories, join in cross-generational discussion, and more. There will be Sundays when High School doesn’t meet in the Youth Room, but the location can always be found on the sign outside the stairwell to the Youth Room.
6th – 12th grade students gather throughout the school year on every 1st and 3rd Sunday evening, 6:30 – 8:00 in Fellowship Hall. We gather, share a meal together, break out into small groups, then gather back together for dessert.
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) and EverBlest (middle school) rehearse together on 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.
• Middle School Mission Week: Every summer, our middle school students team up with the youth of Christ the King Lutheran Church (CTKC) in Cary to serve our community together in a multi-day, overnight servant experience.
• 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. In 2021, we will be heading to Minneapolis, MN!
Scouts BSA (formerly Boy Scouts of America)
For over 25 years, Good Shepherd has been a Chartered Organization for Scouts BSA (Boy Scouts of America), with a mission to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. Boys and girls from Kindergarten through age 18 have the opportunity to participate in the trail to Eagle Scout in one of Good Shepherd’s Scouts BSA programs. Learn more here about the Pack and Troops, or from Scouts BSA main website; or if you have specific questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good Shepherd has hosted multiple Girl Scout Troops over the years. Currently, there are three troops who meet at Good Shepherd: Cadettes (middle school), Seniors and Ambassadors (high school). The troops enjoy camping, hiking, engineering, ziplines and other adventures. The girls volunteer in various ways, including serving at the Memory Cafe, donating toothbrushes to Mnene Parish, and participating in Yam Jam and food drives. Learn more here.
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