"Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity."
–1 Timothy 4:12

 

Youth Ministries and Activities

 

Confirmation Program Documents

Click here for the Confirmation Program Overview.

 

ELCA National Youth Gathering

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Every three years, Lutheran youth from across the country travel to the ELCA Youth Gathering for a week of faith, fellowship, service, and fun. The next Youth Gathering will be held June 27 - July 1, 2018 in Houston, Texas.

The 2018 Gathering was scheduled to be in Houston before Hurricane Harvey struck the Gulf Coast. Now that Houston is in need of our help, this Youth Gathering is not just something our youth should want to attend, it’s a Gathering our youth NEED to attend.

Please read this letter from Pastor Pete about the importance of the service aspect of this Gathering. Imagine the impact 30,000 youth will have on Houston next summer!

For further information regarding the ELCA Youth Gathering, click here which will bring you to the ELCA Youth Gathering website.

To download a PDF registration form for the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering and join the group from Our Saviour's, click here.

To view Pastor Pete's "Houston... We Have a Gathering" video, click here.

To view the ELCA 2018 Youth Gathering promotional video, click here.

To view the 2012 video of Rachel Kurtz singing "Hallelujah" that Pastor Pete shared in worship on Sunday, July 23, 2017, click here.

To view a video from Lutheran Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber, book author and blog writer and 2012 Gathering speaker, click here.

 

Current Youth News

Click here to view the High Schoolers' Event Calendar schedule of events for August 2017 through May 2018.icon

Click here for the Youth Ministry page from the October Parish Memo.icon

Click here for the Youth Ministry page from the November Parish Memo.icon

  

Youth Schedule of Events

Our Saviour's offers two separate Youth Groups for middle schoolers and high schoolers. All youth are welcome to join the Youth Group appropriate for their age group! Contact Youth Ministry Coordinator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you wish to join either the Middle School Youth Group, or the High School Youth Group!

 

Youth Group Survey

Click here to take a survey which will help us determine what changes need to be made to improve Youth Group. This is an anonymous survey to be completed by all Our Saviour's high school-aged youth and current 8th graders as well. Thank you!

 

Middle Schoolers

For more information regarding Our Saviour's Youth Ministry programming for Middle Schoolers, contact Youth Ministry CoordinatorThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 847-255-8700, ext 240.

 

Acolytes

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Young teens beginning at age 12 may participate in the Traditional Worship Service as Acolytes by lighting and extinguishing the candles, carrying the cross in and out of the worship space, and assisting during Holy Communion. Sixth graders attend new Acolyte training sessions.

 

Confirmation Program

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Confirmation is Christian education for all youth who are in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. The Confirmation program meets on Sunday evenings September through May, 7:00-8:30 pm. Our Confirmation program features large and small group learning environments; service requirements, writing sermon reports, as well as fun activities - music, skits, and socializing.

Click here for Children's and Youth Ministry On-Line Registration.

It will open in a new window. When registration is complete, please close that window to return to this page.

 

Confirmation Camp

Seventeen OSLC Confirmation students attended an awesome week at Lutheran Outdoor Ministry Center in June, 2014. Click here to view the L.O.M.C. photo album from 2014.

 

G.O.D. (Giving Our Devotion) Middle and High School Choir

Giving Our Devotion is our Middle School/High School Choir. They meet on Wednesday evenings from 6:15 to 7:00 p.m. for rehearsal. The G.O.D. Choir sings in Contemporary Worship Services periodically, about once a month, September through May. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Crosswalks

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Our annual Lenten Passion Play is open to middle school and high school actors. Crosswalks feature audience participation in the dramatic account of Jesus’s last hours before the crucifixion.

 

Retreats

  • Youth "Quake" for Middle Schoolers
    A weekend of spiritual growth, learning and fellowship.
  • Lock-in
    Our youth enjoy a night of worship and fellowship followed by a lock-in at E-Skape.
  • Camping and Canoeing
    Two day trip of tent camping and canoeing.
  • Confirmation Camp at Lutherdale
    A two day retreat filled with fellowship, team building, nature walks, and faith formation opportunities.

 

Youth Sunday

Middle School and High School Youth are responsible for the preparation and implementation of a Sunday Worship Service in February. The youth are responsible for the sermon, the children’s sermon, the ushering, and all music throughout the service. This year, Youth Sunday was on February 1, 2015. Click here to view photos from 2015's Youth Sunday.

 

High Schoolers

For more information regarding Our Saviour's Youth Ministry programming for High Schoolers, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 847-255-8700, ext 240.

 

Youth Group

All high schoolers are welcome to join the Our Saviour's Youth Group which meets on Sundays from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. Click here to view the High Schoolers' Fall 2016 schedule of events

 

High School Bible Study

High schoolers meet on Sundays at 10:30 am in the Youth Room for a Bible Study, discussion, and fellowship. Contact Mr. Mark Fasick for the current schedule of Bible Study topics and dates, 847-590-5657.

 

G.O.D. (Giving Our Devotion) Middle and High School Choir

Giving Our Devotion is our Middle School/High School Choir. They meet on Wednesday evenings from 6:15 to 7:00 p.m. for rehearsal. The G.O.D. Choir sings in worship services periodically, about once a month, September through May. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

X-Team

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Senior High youth work together with volunteer adults to form the Xteam, which leads the contemporary music and skits for Sunday evening’s Confirmation Program's students. A meal is shared together at 5:00 pm and plans are made for that evening's program. Musicians and skit participants are needed, but sign-makers, prop managers, and collection helpers are needed as well! High Schoolers: please join in for tons of fun!

 

Crosswalks

Crosswalks

Our annual Lenten Passion Play is open to middle school and high school actors. Crosswalks feature audience participation in the dramatic account of Jesus’s last hours before the crucifixion.

 

Retreats

  • Youth "Zone" for High Schoolers
    A weekend of spiritual growth, learning and fellowship.
  • Lock-in
    Our youth enjoy a night of worship and fellowship followed by a lock-in at E-Skape.
  • Camping and Canoeing
    Two day trip of tent camping and canoeing.

 

Youth Sunday

Middle School and High School Youth are responsible for the preparation and implementation of a special worship service on a Sunday morning. The youth are responsible for the sermon, the children’s sermon, and all music throughout the service. This year, Youth Sunday was February 1, 2015. Our youth also participate in the national effort to feed the hungry, known as "Souper Bowl of Caring". Money and food is collected and distributed to those in need both locally and globally. Click here to view photos from 2015's Youth Sunday.