High School Youth and Family Ministry

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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 Form

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.

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.

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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 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 2019

July 14-19, 2019

Summer Camp campers can expect a week packed with fun! Open to those in first grade to 18. Swim, canoe, fish, creek walk, play small and large group games, challenge yourselves on low ropes course, hike, cook over a campfire, create crafts, learn archery, gain culinary skills, and explore the furnace ruins on camp property. Pastor Darcy will be present all week serving as chaplain. Visit the Caroline Furnace website at www.carolinefurnace.org for more information and registration.

ELCA Youth Gathering

Summer 2021

The ELCA Youth Gathering is a national convention of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for high-school-age youth. It is held every 3 years in a different American city. The gathering lasts approximately 5 days and each day is focused on a form of service. Each convention also has a central theme to it. Watch for fun planning activities for the trip of a lifetime! https://www.elca.org/YouthGathering

Summer 2018

Youth and adults from Shepherd of the Hills attended this event in Houston, Texas from June 27, 2018 to July 1, 2018, they joined 31,231 youth and adults from across the nation! An experience of a lifetime it was chock full of amazing worship opportunities, speakers, music, a day of service, learning, community building, exploring the city, and more! Gifts at the Gathering included 437 hair donations to children with Hair Loss. Blood donations of 1,248 units from 987 donors. Blast Off for Books received 40,000 book donations. Two hundred grace bags and 100 kindness project rocks were made by tAble participants. Seven hundred individuals attended MYLE and visited 13 service sites. In addition, over $260,000 was raised for ELCA’s Global Farm Challenge.