Youth Ministry

YOUTH FORUM (7th-12th grade)

Parents: We ask that you register for Sunday School and Youth Forum in advance to let us know if your child(ren) will be participating this year. 

Youth currently in 8th-12th grade are invited to attend the ELCA Youth Gathering July 23-28, 2022, in Minneapolis, MN. Join others from Good Shepherd and Decorah to experience a fun and energizing faith building experience with 36,000 other high school students from around the country. We’ll be traveling with (and able to room with!) friends from Decorah Lutheran, First Lutheran and other area congregations. Kelli Gapinski will accompany Good Shepherd youth.

So, what is the ELCA Youth Gathering?  A youth gathering combines…

  • 36,000 Lutherans having fun, learning, serving and growing in faith
  • epic worship services with great music on a massive scale
  • amazing speakers, including many youth speakers, who share powerful stories about their questions, struggles, faith, justice, and God’s love
  • opportunities to put faith into action through service
  • a chance to experience how big and wonderful our ELCA church is
  • friendships, new and old, with people from our congregation, Decorah and all over the world
  • concerts, dances, hotel time and a fun activity in the twin cities before the gathering
  • starts (still to be determined)
  • time with a small group and an adult leader to reflect on faith, questions, and life

In total, the trip will be around $850 (depending on pending housing and transportation costs) and includes programming, transportation, and housing. Transportation and hotel rooms will be with other ELCA congregations in Decorah. Students will be able to choose at least roommate. Registration and a $250 non-refundable deposit are due by October 25 (make checks out to Good Shepherd.) Students are responsible for the $250 deposit and the cost of meals. Remaining expenses are covered by funds from Good Shepherd and fundraising. Access the registration form here:  2022 ELCA Youth Gathering Registration  

Students and adult leaders will be expected to participate in monthly meetings to prepare for the gathering. These meetings will begin November 7th at 7pm at First Lutheran Church.

There are already four Good Shepherd youth registered and more who are interested!

2021-2022 Sunday School, Youth Forum, and Confirmation Helpers

Awaken your faith by helping with Good Shepherd youth classes!

Our Sunday School, Youth Forum and Confirmation classes are growing and we need helpers. The teachers do all the prep and leadership. We are in need of other adults to be a second, supportive presence in the room. This requires just 45-60 minutes of your time a few times a year and a very brief background check for new volunteers. Sign up here:  Education Helpers

Child and Youth Abuse Prevention Program:  At the Annual Meeting of the Congregation on February 4, 2018, a Child and Youth Abuse Prevention Program was formally adopted by the Good Shepherd congregation.  The program was recommended by the ELCA as well as Church Mutual, the Good Shepherd insurance company, and ratified by the Congregation Council.  Legal counsel was also consulted.

Abuse Prevention Program