High School Youth and Family Ministry

Sunday School 9th through 12th Grade

Sunday school is held between worship services, from 9:15 am – 10:15 am. Studies focus on equipping teens to grow, learn, and serve as disciples of Jesus. Students are challenged with an engaging Bible study that helps them understand God, and the Holy Spirit working through the study of his Word to bring about students’ ownership of their faith in Jesus Christ.
Sunday School Registration 2019 – 2020


Youth Activities

Special events are planned throughout the year. These often include gatherings together with other youth to participate in service projects at a local animal shelter, packing food for students in need for ministry with Crossroads-Connections and holiday parties. (Pictured the youth enjoy fellowship and fun making apple pies to raise funds to participate in various faith life activities.)


Ministry Opportunities

Young people are vital to the mission of the 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. There are many ways to serve including on Sunday mornings as an usher, greeter, reader, or fellowship volunteer. If you would like to explore ideas, your gifts and passions, 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 at the home of the Director, Dee Bradee. Contact the Church Administrator for more information or the address 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 about joining Salt. We are still new and evolving as a band, experimenting, rehearsing, and growing together. If you have a passion for music, we would love to hear from you contact Pastor Darcy at pastordarcy@sothva.org. 


Summer Youth Events 2019Upcoming! Youth 2020 Mission Trip

Youth 2020 Mission Trip for 7th – 12th graders – Save the Date! We are headed to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Sunday, June 21st to Friday, June 26th, 2020. Experience service opportunities in the community each day, and in the evenings a variety of fun and meaningful activities (including a visit to Hershey’s Chocolate World). Students are asked to participate in fundraisers as much as possible, as well as pre-trip gatherings. More details will be shared via email this week regarding costs and deadlines. If you have any questions, contact the Church Administrator at admin@sothva.org , or Pastor Darcy at pastordarcy@sothva.org.


Youth Retreat October 2019

A Youth Retreat was planned at Caroline Furnace Lutheran Camp near Luray, Virginia. It was for 7th-12th graders. We stayed at the farmhouse at the camp and enjoyed hiking, canoeing, campfires, games, and exploring the theme “I am a Child of God” together.


Youth Mission Trip to North Carolina

During the summer of 2019, 7th-12th grade students and adult leaders of SOTH traveled to Taylorsville, North Carolina where they served members of the local community through the organization YouthWorks (www.youthworks.com) who provide Christ-centered mission trip experiences. Students worshiped and enjoyed fellowship with students and adults from other congregations throughout the U.S. as they lived their call from the Lord “to love God through loving others”.


Summer Camp at Caroline Furnace 2019

Summer 2019, SOTH students and campers from all over, experienced a week packed with fun! Open to those in first grade to 18, campers swam, canoed, fished, creek walked, and played small and large group games, worshiped, prayed, and grew in faith and relationship with God. In addition they were challenged on low ropes courses, hiked, cooked over a campfire, created crafts, learned archery, gained culinary skills, and explored the furnace ruins on camp property. Pastor Darcy was present for the week serving as chaplain. Visit the Caroline Furnace website at www.carolinefurnace.org for more information.


ELCA Youth Gathering June 29-July 3, 2021

Every three years, 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.