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.

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.

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 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!


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.