High School Youth and Family Ministry

Weekly 9th through 12th Grades Gathering

SOTH is offering OUTDOOR, IN-PERSON gatherings and education for Confirmation students (7th and 8th graders) and high school students from 10:55 AM – 11:55 AM on Sunday mornings as the weather holds in the area of the volleyball net beside the church.  If and when the weather is not good, confirmation will be held on zoom.  Contact Pastor Darcy for more information at pastordarcy@sothva.org.

In addition to being with peers again, students will read the Bible, and engage in faith conversation and prayer as they grow in relationship with the Lord and one another.  Students and adult leaders are required to wear masks and social distance.  Students are asked to bring lawn chairs on which to sit as well as fill out a registration form (click HERE) if it has not already been done.


Youth Activities

Special events and parties are planned throughout the year, including such service projects as helping out at a local animal shelter and supporting the Crossroads Connection ministry by packing food for students in need. (Pictured are some of the youth making apple pies to raise funds to participate in various faith life activities.)


Ministry Opportunities

Young people are vital to the mission of Christ, the Church, and Shepherd of the Hills and are encouraged and invited to be a part of ministry in and beyond Shepherd of the Hills. We encourage our young people to serve on Sunday mornings as ushers, greeters, readers, and fellowship volunteers. If you would like to explore ideas, your gifts and passions, or just find out more information and/or sign up, contact the Church Administrator at admin@sothva.org or Pastor Darcy at pastordarcy@sothva.org.


Music Ministry Opportunities

SOTH Singers (Choir)

If you have the gift of song or just love to sing and worship the Lord, SOTH Singers is for you! It is also a great opportunity to meet people and enjoy friends. SOTH Singers meet most Tuesday evenings with Director D. Bradee at the church. Contact the Church Administrator for more information at admin@sothva.org.

Salt – Praise & Worship Band

Salt leads worship about once a month and practices most Thursday evenings 7 pm – 8:30 pm. In addition to adults, we invite high school students with gifts in music to join. Contact Pastor Darcy at pastordarcy@sothva.org  about joining Salt.


Youth 2020 Mission Trip for 7th – 12th graders – Has been canceled due to COVID-19.


ELCA Youth Gathering July 24-28, 2022

After much prayer and consideration, we have decided to postpone next summer’s ELCA Youth Gathering to 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2022 ELCA Youth Gathering will be held July 24-28, 2022, in Minneapolis, with the two pre-events, the Multicultural Youth Leadership Event (MYLE) and the tAble, scheduled for July 21-24, 2022.

We give thanks for your prayers and patience as we have worked through the details with our partners in Minneapolis and across the country. We hope that by postponing the Gathering for a year, individuals and congregations will feel more comfortable and prepared to attend the Gathering in 2022.

We will be updating our website and social media as more details become available.

We look forward to seeing you and experiencing the boundlessness of God in Minneapolis in 2022!

#ELCAYG2022

Every three years, approximately 30,000 high school youth and their adult leaders from across the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America gather for a week of faith formation known as the ELCA Youth Gathering. Through days spent in interactive learning, worship, Bible study, service and fellowship, young people grow in faith and are challenged and inspired to live their faith in their daily lives.

An important part of the Gathering’s ministry are the two pre-events, the Multicultural Youth Leadership Event (MYLE), a faith formation and leadership development event primarily for youth of color, and the tAble, a gathering that gathers, blesses and empowers youth with disabilities. For more information go to  the ELCA YouthGathering site.