Currently our Middle School and High School youth help with the younger children’s learning time or participate in the adult choir that practices at that time. On Sunday afternoons at 4:30 these youth gather for fellowship and devotions.
This is a two year program, typically during the 7th and 8th grade years, with Affirmation of Baptism (confirmation) taking place on Reformation Sunday after all requirements are met. We meet 4 times per year on Sunday afternoons for classes. Each student is also required to attend one summer of confirmation camp at Lutheridge camp, as well as work with a faith mentor throughout their two years. We do NOT believe that this is a graduation from church, but instead it is another Milestone in the faith journey where a young person has the opportunity to learn and explore how to better articulate their faith. This is NOT a requirement in the Lutheran church, but it is highly encouraged as an important part of learning and growing together.
Sometimes we all need to get away from the every day to reconnect with God and learn about how beautifully and wonderfully we are made — what better place than in creation! Calvary partners primarily with Novus Way Ministries (Lutheridge, Lutherock, Lutheranch, and Luthersprings) and Camp Agape to provide these opportunities to our youth.
Every Sunday from 4:30-6:00 (September to May) youth meet with Director of Youth Ministries, Megan Downey, for devotions and fellowship. This is an important time for youth to continue to build their relationships with one another outside of major events. It is an opportunity to step outside of the pressures of daily life that teenagers face and to be in Christ-centered community where all are loved and accepted.
While the youth are involved in other areas of service with the larger congregation, there are also some special ways they serve the church and the community throughout the year.
Check out this year’s virtual Youth Sunday on YouTube by clicking this Link! Youth are encouraged and supported to be leaders in worship year round. However, we set aside one Sunday a year when this amazing group of young people plan and lead all aspects of worship. This is a great opportunity for our youth to learn more about worship, practice different leadership roles, and bring fresh experiences to worship.
Because let’s face it, we like to have fun together! Some activities we have done include:
How to use the Interactive Youth Room:
I hope that this is something that will be fun for the kids to look around and explore during this time of uncertainty and bring a fun new level to the youth group.
The Lutheran Youth Organization (LYO) of the North Carolina Synod is open to all youth in grades 6-12. LYO Assembly happens in February and runs the entire weekend. Youth are members by virtue of being a member of any NC Synod ELCA congregation. At LYO Assembly, youth spend time with each other in small groups, singing with the band and growing in faith. Calvary’s youth have a blast during the weekend, especially dressing up for the banquet and dance that takes place Saturday night during the conference weekend. (as shown by the picture.) The 2021 LYO Weekend will be virtual! Stay tuned for more information from Megan.
Every three years, 30,000 high school youth and their adult leaders gather for a week of faith formation known as the ELCA Youth Gathering. Through days spent in interactive learning, worship, Bible study, service and fellowship, young people grow in faith and are challenged and inspired to live their faith in their daily lives. Due to COVID-19 the next gathering will be July 24 – July 28, 2022 in Minneapolis!