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.

 

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 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.

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, January 22 will be a dinner night at 6:00 p.m. We will begin in the downstairs fellowship hall

NO LESSONS on Wednesday, January 28. Classes resume Wednesday, February 5 with a pizza night.

OTHER UPDATES:

  • Messiah Family Ministry Movie Night, Friday January 17th at 6:30 PM. 
    We will show Frozen and serve popcorn and fruit snacks. Feel free to come as you like-PJs, sweatpants, pillows, stuffed animals, blankets are all perfectly fine!  
    Everyone is welcome: feel free to bring siblings and friends, whether or not they attend Messiah. You do not need to be enrolled in Sunday School or YOW to come to the movie.
  • Summer Mission Trip
    The 2020 summer mission trip will be July 26-31 to Indianapolis, IN via Youth Works. Youth in grades 8-12 are encouraged to participate.This will be our second urban ministry experience. Over the course of the week we will work with young children, the elderly, do home improvement projects and work with a broad range of social service agencies. Please contact me if you are interested. Space is limited. The deadline to register is March 1. Registration is available online along with more details about the community we will be serving. Space is limited. The cost for the trip is $150. Scholarships are available. 
    To register, please go to https://go.youthworks.com/trip-signup/345a228b-2b32-ea11-a810-000d3a1917e5
YOW FEBRUARY UPDATE

In February the CONFIRMATION (grades 7-9) students will be preparing the homeless meal Messiah serves at the homeless shelter at Grace Episcopal Church. Details are listed below. Students are expected to help on one of the two days (Saturday, February 8 or Tuesday, February 11), with the most help needed on Tuesday, 2/11. Parents are encouraged to assist.

**PRECONFIRMATION (grades 5-6) 
Preconfirmation students will NOT be involved in the homeless meal prep this year and will not have class on February 12.

With all of the upcoming prep days, there will be NO CLASS on Wednesday, February 12 for all of YOW.

Homeless Meal Prep

ALL: The donation of baked good items are needed for both the meal and the sack lunches we will be preparing. Please let Teresa know if you are able to assist and bring in two dozen baked good items by Tuesday, February 11.

CONFIRMATION (Grades 7-9):
The youth in confirmation will have the opportunity to be involved in one of two experiences as we plan and prepare the meal the Messiah volunteers will serve at Grace Episcopal.

Confirmation youth are expected to sign-up to participate in one of the experiences listed below.

Drivers and parent helpers are needed for all events.

  • Saturday, February 8 from 9:00-10:30 am
    Plan and purchase items for the homeless meal at Woodmans. Meet at Messiah.
  • Tuesday, February 11 from 6:00-7:30 pm
    Prepare the meal at Messiah (cooking the items and any additional food prep) and make sack lunches. WE NEED THE MOST HELP AT THIS EVENT. Parents are encouraged to attend and assist. In addition to prepping the food, we will be making 150 sack lunches.

NO YOW LESSONS FOR PRE-CONFIRMATION or CONFIRMATION CLASSES on Wednesday. February 12.   

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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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