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.

Youth on Wednesday (YOW!)

Click for the 2018-2019 Calendar and permission slip form  for the Pre-Confirmation and Confirmation groups: YOW20182019InfoPermissionSlip

A Message from Teresa:

Dear Families,

We will share reflections from the summer mission trip to the Osage Nation with the Messiah community during worship services on the weekend of October 27 and 28. We would like youth and adult leaders to share a brief statement about their experiences at one of the services.  This is an opportunity to thank the Messiah community for their support of the mission trip and share with them a glimpse of what our week together entailed. I have the journal pages for each person from the trip that I would like to get to them. I will be at church on Sunday, September 23 between the services to hand out pages. I will bring donuts, etc. for youth if they stop by for a brief chat about the presentation and also about times to get together this fall.

Please let me know the worship services that would work out best for your youth:

Saturday, October 27 at 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 28 at 8:15 a.m.

Sunday, October 28 at 10:30 a.m.

AGAIN, have your kids stop by this Sunday at 9:15 a.m. to grab their journal pages and a donut.

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. Contact Teresa Palumbo to answer any questions about this opportunity.

Wednesday, October 24, 6:00-7:30 pm. Join us at Messiah for this evening of family fun for all ages at our annual Trunk-or-Treat event. Come in costume and begin the evening with a pizza supper at 6:00 pm, followed by an All Hallowed Eve’s Blessing, and then Trunk-or-Treating in the Messiah parking lot from 6:30-7:30 pm.

Vehicles will be parked in the church parking lot with trunks or tailgates full of goodies. Trunks for treating are needed and car decorations are encouraged. Bring your own goodies to pass out.

To make this event a success help is needed to decorate the parking lot on Tuesday, October 23 at 5:30 pm If you have any decorative lights to lend for the event please drop them in the box in the Gathering Space with your name marked on them with tape on the weekends of October 13/14 or 20/21.  We'll also need help to clean-up after the event.  Please let Teresa or Elizabeth know if you can help!

Please sign-up on the kiosk if you plan to join us so we can order enough pizza for everyone and also if you plan to give out treats from your car trunk. There are two separate sign-up forms on the kiosk. For more information, please email Teresa Palumbo, youth@messiahchurch.com or Elizabeth Crummy, familyministry@messiahchurch.com.



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



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.



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.