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.

2019 Mission Trip 

THANK YOU to the Messiah community for your prayers and support of the 2019 mission trip.  We had 34 youth and adults serve in the Twin Cities in late July. It was a week full of opportunities to grow as a community and grow in our faith. We also had a lot of fun and worked hard. We look forward to sharing our experiences with you in an upcoming worship service.

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YOW is the religious education program for youth in grades 5-6 (Pre-Confirmation) and grades 7-9 (Confirmation). Youth meet from 6:00-7:30 pm and participate in weekly meals, large group gatherings, lessons, and small group discussions. Throughout the course of the year, the youth will also participate in several service and fellowship opportunities. For more information, please contact Teresa at the number above.

Youth on Wednesday (YOW!) nights resume on Wednesday, October 9 at 6:00 pm with a pizza dinner for youth and their families in the Social Hall. This is a special orientation night and all parents/guardians are encouraged to attend along with their youth. This will also be an opportunity to submit or fill out registration forms. The registration forms are available in the holders right outside the church office and are color-coded for either Pre-confirmation (5-6) or Confirmation (7-9).  After dinner, the youth will go to the Community Room for a large group gathering and activities. The adults will remain in the Social Hall to discuss the 2019-2020 program. The orientation evening should conclude by 7:00 pm.

 The first lesson night for YOW will be on Wednesday, October 16 at 6:00 pm. Youth Mentors and Faith Formation Guides are Needed! Do you enjoy spending time and connecting with youth? Are you available on Wednesday evenings? We are looking for adults to lead small groups and engage with the youth of our community for Messiah's Pre-Confirmation and Confirmation programs. Be a part of our Youth on Wednesdays (YOW!) team. We meet from 6:00-7:30 pm on Wednesdays beginning in October. No experience necessary. Please contact Teresa Palumbo at youth@messiahchurch.com or 608.279.7460 to discuss this opportunity.

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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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