Youth Ministry

Covid-19 Update

During the COVID-19 Pandemic and stay at home order, all in person youth events will be postponed. High School youth will have Bible Study over Zoom on Sunday mornings at 10 am. There will also be Middle School Nights over Zoom as well. Zoom meeting invitations will be emailed to parents as well posted on the church calendar. 


SUNDAYS 9:45AM- 10:45AM

Every Sunday morning, Hannah Walsh, with Meg Perrault and/or Karl Reading lead the Junior and Senior High students through topical Bible studies. Enjoy the donuts, fellowship, and study! Consider inviting one of your high school friends!

Middle School Youth Night

All middle schoolers, whether your family is a member of Our Shepherd or not, you are invited to Middle School Youth Nights on the last Friday of each month. The first Middle School Youth Night will be Friday, January 31 from 6:00 - 7:30 pm . Meet in the Teen Room at church which is near the gym. We will enjoy delicious food, fun games, and time in the Word! Please send a quick email to Hannah Walsh,   so we have a count.  


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First Communion and Youth Confirmation


First Communion: 4th - 9th grade.
Confirmation: 7th - 9th grade.
Confirmation Classes for parents and students begin: September 8 at 9:45-10:45 AM in the Church Gym.
First Communion Classes begin for parents and students on Feb. 23, 2020 at 12:30-1:45 PM in the Church Library.  Lunch is provided.
What you need to do now: please fill out the online registration form. It will take about five minutes.

First Communion

First Communion instruction is comprised of a series of six classes which both parent and child attend. Children as young as 4th grade, and very occasionally, even younger, can be ready to receive this miraculous gift from God. Our Shepherd’s pastors are happy to meet with parents in order to help with the decision to take classes. Completion of the classes does not obligate your child to attend Communion.
First Communion Sessions, Spring 2020: A total of six weekly classes beginning Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, 12:30-1:45 PM in the Church Library. Lunch is provided. Students attending these classes will receive First Communion on Sunday, May 3, 2020, in the 11:00 service.
  • OPTIONAL: 4th – 7th grade students in public school or OSLS.
  • OPTIONAL: 8th grade OSLS students (these students will receive instruction in Holy Communion during their daily Religion class in April 2020, prior to Confirmation Sunday. If your child would like to receive Holy Communion prior to Confirmation Sunday, he or she should register for First Communion Class).
  • REQUIRED: 8th grade public school students who haven’t previously taken this class.
NOW! Please CLICK HERE and go to the online registration form. It will take less than five minutes. Remember both parent and child attend each class.

Youth Confirmation


Confirmation is a two-year program at Our Shepherd. Parents attend with their children from September—November. The children attend on their own from January—April. While “first year” students are typically 7th grade, and “second year” typically 8th, that is not always the case. Depending on life circumstances, some students begin later, or skip a year, as they move through the Confirmation program. We strive to be flexible in providing thorough instruction and preparation of our students, while at the same time taking life circumstances into consideration.
You can register your child by CLICKING HERE and filling out the registration form. Even if you registered your child last year, please complete the online form. It will take you less than five minutes. Thank you!
Confirmation Classes for parents and students begin: Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, 9:45-10:45 AM in Our Shepherd’s Church Gym. Please make sure you have completed the online registration form before that day.
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Mark Nimtz

Director of Spiritual Education and Service