Middle & High School Youth


Messiah Church is commited to the overall development of faith lives. We believe that faith formation needs to incorporate content, community, and service. The Pre-confirmation (5th and 6th grades) Confirmation (6th – 8th grades) and Youth High School evenings are facilitated by the Youth and Family Ministry Coordinator Teresa Palumbo youth@messiahchurch.com as well as the pastor and other adult mentors.

LENT SCHEDULE:
During Lent, the Messiah community comes together to share in soup suppers and a brief worship service. As these activities coincide with YOW, we are introducing a new Lenten program that combines YOW with the Messiah’s Lenten worship series and soup suppers. Students are expected to attend YOW from 6:30-7:30 p.m. during Lent.
 
Youth will be given a LENT Passport and assigned a table for the soup supper each week. An adult mentor will join the youth for dinner and lead an informal discussion between 6:30-7:00 p.m. At 7:00 p.m. YOW students will move upstairs and participate in the Lenten worship service. The adult mentor will stamp the youth’s passports on each Wednesday. All youth with at least 3 out of the 4 Wednesdays stamped will receive a prize after Easter.
 
Youth are expected to attend the soup suppers even if they choose to not eat soup. 
(We hope they do as the soup is homemade and really good!)
 
This is an intergenerational opportunity for the youth and members of the Messiah community to get to know one another better and a nice way to observe Lent.
 

MISSION TRIP: July 21-July 28, 2018
All youth in grades 8-12 are encouraged to join us for the summer 2018 mission trip to serve the community of the Osage Nation in Oklahoma through the YouthWorks. Space is limited. Please reserve your spot by April 1. Contact Teresa for more information and to secure your spot at youth@messiahchurch.org

EASTER BREAKFAST
Saturday, March 31: Easter Breakfast Prep 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Youth and parents are needed to help with cooking and setting up for the Easter breakfast. Many hands make light work!  All youth are expected to assist with the Easter breakfast either prepping on Saturday or serving and cleaning up on Sunday.

 Sunday, April 1: Easter Breakfast 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Youth and parents are needed to help prepare, serve, and clean-up after the Easter breakfast.
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I. CONTENT:

Pre-confirmation and Confirmation are intended to be experiential learning processes, Using web based materials, evenings begin with a large group gathering using multi-media. The events are, scripturally rooted, and explored in depth throughout the year. The confirmation evenings are designed to help the middle school/high school students delve ever more deeply into:

  • the biblical foundations of faith
  • the history of the Christian Church
  • our Lutheran understanding of ministry and life
  • the liturgical symbols that inform our faith
  • the moral demands of belief in Jesus
  • reflection on the place of faith in their lives

 

II. COMMUNITY:

Becoming a person of faith is done within the context of the community. We believe that community building is essential to becoming disciples. The Confirmation process strives to build community through fun gatherings as well as instruction. Whether we are beginning the year with an old fashioned Tailgate party or heading out to Culvers for an ice cream Sundae, we are striving to become a community of faith.


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III. FAITH IN ACTION:

We believe at Messiah Church that faith formation must be experiential and that all formation must take place in the context of outreach. The Confirmation class has many oportunities throughout the three year process to put their faith into action. Here are some of the activities that the Confirmation youth have participated in:

  • Crop Walk for Hunger Awareness
  • Planning, Preparing and serving the Homeless Meal at the Madison Men’s Shelter
  • Volunteering at the Animal Shelter
  • Sorting donated items at St. Vincent de Paul
  • Collecting goods for Domestic Abuse Intervention Services
  • Raking leaves for the homebound
  • Volunteering as Sunday School mentor or teacher’s aid
  • Working as communion assistants, readers or acolytes
  • Participating on our yearly Youth Mission Trip

 

These along with many other outreach activities help to form our Confirmation students into the people of faith that will make a difference in our church, our city and in our world.

THE HIGH SCHOOL youth gather for breakfasts each month, outings for fellowship and outreach and participate in Mission Trips each summer to various sites through Youth Works https://www.youthworks.com/. Teresa Palumbo uses Social media to communicate with all our young people, including a closed Facebook page, texts and email list to keep the parents informed.

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