Youth Ministry


SUNDAYS 9:45 - 10:45 AM

6-12 grade students meet for Bible Study. 
Middle School Students (6-8) meet in the West Wing Conference room for a study  led by Pastor Woodfin or Pastor Vieregge. 
High School students attend Bible Study in the Teen Room led by Hannah Walsh. 

High School Teen night

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Middle School Youth Night

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Youth Confirmation

The Confirmation program at Our Shepherd is designed for children in the 7th-9th grade levels.
Our Shepherd school students: Confirmation instruction takes place within OSLS daily curriculum.
Public school students: Confirmation instruction takes place twice a month on Sunday evenings at 6:30 PM in the church library.
Public school Confirmation schedule:
Orientation: September 12, 2021, 6:30 PM (parents and students attend)
First class: September 19, 2021, 6:30 PM (students attend; parents always welcome but attendance is not required)
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First Communion

The First Communion program at Our Shepherd  is a six-session class of instruction and preparation designed for children in the 4th-9th grade levels.

Many young people in 4th through 8th grade are mentally and spiritually ready for instruction leading to Holy Communion. As God’s people, we share His desire for His children to “proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes” (1 Cor. 11:26), and to receive His blessings of forgiveness, grace, and new life as He provides through communion in the bread and wine, and His body and blood (1 Cor. 10:16-17).

Our Shepherd’s First Communion Program is designed to instruct and prepare young people to receive Holy Communion properly according to Scripture, and consistent with Our Shepherd’s practices. Students will learn about Christ’s institution of His Holy Supper, as well as methods for proper preparation and receiving of Communion. Along the way, they’ll develop a solid Scriptural understanding of the way our Heavenly Father works through Holy Communion to forgive the sins of His people, strengthen our faith, and connect all of the faithful together as His one church in heaven and on earth.

Who can attend? If you are a…

  • 4th – 7th grade student in public school or OSLS – optional
  • 8th grade OSLS student – optional
  • 8th grade public school student - REQUIRED

 Please note that once a student has completed these classes, there is no obligation to receive Holy Communion if the student, along with his or her parents, decide that he or she is not yet ready to do so. An alternative path can also be followed, where First Communion follows Confirmation. Please note that this is a mentored program; one or both parents attend each class with their child.

Class Schedule

Classes meet for six consecutive weekly sessions on Sunday afternoons at 12:30 PM. Reading in the book Lutheranism 101: The Lord’s Supper is assigned for parent and child to complete during the week. See master calendar for dates, time, and location. Both parent and child attend these classes.

Fall 2021: Classes run from October 17 through November 28. First Communion will be observed December 5.
Spring 2022: Classes run from March 6 through April `10.  First Communion will be observed with the Confirmation class on May 1.

A special note about eighth graders who attend OSLS:

  • OSLS eighth graders who choose to attend this First Communion class will be eligible to receive Communion beginning on First Communion Sunday.
  • OSLS eighth graders who choose not to attend this class will receive instruction in Holy Communion as part of the Confirmation curriculum at Our Shepherd School, and will be eligible to receive Communion on or after Confirmation Sunday (first Sunday in May). 


Mark Nimtz

Director of Spiritual Education and Service