Developing Mature Christian Young-Adults
St. Lucas Youth
Middle and High School ministries at St. Lucas are focused on providing youth with opportunities to know Christ and experience His love, to grow in their spiritual walk, and to live out their faith in their everyday lives. We believe meeting the spiritual needs of teens requires building meaningful relationships with mature Christian mentors and peers in both one-on-one and small group settings. Our goal is to affect change in the lives of young people, leading them into an active, mature Christian faith of loving God, loving and serving others, and making disciples.
Our youth ministries are open to anyone in grades 7-12. Whether you’re a longtime member, a first time visitor, or a friend of someone currently attending our youth group, you are invited to join us for an exciting time of worship, growth, and service!
Wednesday Youth Group, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
We don’t have professional musicians, light shows, or smoke machines on Wednesday nights — but kids attending youth group at St. Lucas love spending time together and appreciate the meaningful biblical teaching that assists them as they navigate life as a teenager, helps them understand the relevancy of God today, and prepares them to become tomorrow’s Christian leaders.
What to Expect
Wednesday night begins with a time to simply hang out in our youth activity center, talking with friends and playing a game of foosball or air hockey. The night officially kicks off with a time of praise and worship that includes prayer and contemporary praise and worship songs. Small group age-appropriate teachings follow. These times include important opportunities for open discussion with leaders and between youth that help kids better understand the chaos of adolescence and help them choose to walk faithfully while transitioning from child to a young adult. The night ends with games in our great hall.
Loving God, Loving Others: Living our Faith
Throughout the year, youth are provided many opportunities to develop a heart for serving others. Experiences include service within the walls of the church, within our local community, and beyond our familiar surroundings.
- Many youth volunteer as “Leaders in Training” for our Awana children’s ministry, working closely with kids ages 3-12 on Wednesdays before Youth Group.
- Youth have many opportunities to serve in the local community, most recently working at Hope House of St. Croix Valley through Community Thread and packing meals at Feed My Starving Children.
- Extended mission trips provide opportunities to extend God’s love to those in need while experiencing varying cultural differences, even within the United States. Most recently, our youth have traveled to Mississippi, Kansas City, Missouri, and Crandon, Wisconsin.
Our confirmation program is a two-year preparation course, typically completed in grades 7-8. The Confirmation candidates meet each Sunday with our pastor from September-May to fulfill the course study portion of our program. In year 1, classwork focuses on one’s personal encounter and relationship with Christ, developing an intimate love relationship with Him through spiritual formation disciplines. In year 2, the class reads and discusses the practical implications of John Bunyan’s classic book, Pilgrim’s Progress. At the conclusion of the program, confirmands complete an individual Statement of Faith and participate in a confirmation ceremony.