Ministry with Middle School Youth

Sunday School for 7th and 8th Graders
9:15-10:15 AM

Confirmation provides an opportunity for students to dive deeper into faith and grow in relationship with God, with their peers, and with adults of Shepherd of the Hills. Through this ministry students experience God and are grounded in the foundations of faith. The confirmation experience helps students understand what faith means to them, grow in it, and live it out the rest of their lives.  Classes meet two times a month for two hours which consist of fellowship & fun, community building, teaching in a large group, and small group conversations. Guardian angels are assigned to each student in the confirmation program. Guardian angels pray for students and sometimes gift students at special times of the year. Their identities are revealed to students on confirmation Sunday when students affirm their baptisms during worship at the conclusion of 8th grade.

Faith Friends
“Faith Friends” are formed through confirmation. This ministry intentionally connects an adult member of the church with two students of the same gender. Faith Friends gather regularly to get to know one another and be in faith conversations. There are also opportunities for families to gather together.

Special Events
Sunday, April 8, 2018 – Confirmation Meets 3 PM – 5 PM
Sunday, April 22, 2018 – Confirmation Meets 3 PM – 5 PM
Friday, May 4, 2018 @ 7PM to Saturday, May 5, 2018 @ 8AM – Spring Overnight at church
Tuesday, May 6, 2018 for Approximately 30 Minutes – Individual family conversations with 8th grade students & parents at church
Sunday, May 13, 2018 – 8th Grade Confirmation Sunday rehearsal
Sunday, May 20, 2018 – 8th Grade Confirmation Service

Youth Activities
Special events are planned throughout the year. These often include gatherings with high school students including service projects at a local animal shelter, packing food for students in need for ministry with Crossroads-Connections and holiday parties.

Youth Choir
All young people are invited to sing in the Youth Choir which sings once a month during worship service. At this time, practices are coordinated around family and church schedules. Contact Pastor Darcy for more information. A great way for young people to share their gifts!

Service and Leadership Opportunities
Young people are always invited to join in the ministries of Shepherd of the Hills. Contact the church office with questions and to sign up, training is provided.

Altar Care – Work with an adult to help with preparation and clean up of communion after worship.

Acolyte – Young people who are in the 5th grade and older are invited to serve as acolytes during worship. Responsibilities include lighting the altar candles before worship, assisting with the offering, extinguishing altar candles after worship and other duties as needed.

Ushering – Serve with others Sunday mornings handing out bulletins, collecting offering and assisting with hospitality.

Scripture Reader – Read Scripture during worship.

Special Music – Sharing of musical gifts during worship.

Fellowship – Help others with setting up and cleaning up food and drinks for fellowship on Sunday mornings and for special events.