ELCA Youth Gathering: The Gathering, scheduled for this summer, was postponed by Covid but planning is well-underway for the Gathering next summer, July 24-28, 2022 in Minneapolis! Through days spent in interactive learning, worship, Bible study, service and fellowship, attendees will grow in faith and be challenged and inspired to live their faith in their daily lives. St. John is looking forward to this event, and all that leads up to it. Interested youth in grades 8-12 should complete a registration form and return it to church along with a $150 non-refundable deposit.
Confirmation: Confirmation starts in 6th grade and youth are confirmed in the fall of their 10th grade year. We will begin our 2021-2022 confirmation year with parent-student meetings on Wednesday, September 8, at 6:30pm (grades 6-9) and 7:30pm (grade 10). For those unable to attend, a makeup meeting will be help Sunday, September 12 at 5pm.
In our ELCA denomination, confirmation is part of our faith formation, where youth learn more about the Christian church. Most Lutherans are baptized as infants, with promises made on the infant's behalf by their parents and sponsors. Confirmation is an "affirmation of baptism," where youth recognize God's work in their lives and make public their desire to continue in their journey of faith with the church.
In addition to our more formal confirmation program, we offer students periodic opportunities through the year for fun, faith and fellowship.