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5th – 6th Grade | 7th – 8th Grade | 9th Grade | 10th – 12th Grade | Confirmation | Mission Trips


5th & 6th Graders

Middle School Youth Group

MSYG is an opportunity for 5th-8th graders to play games, discuss faith and just hang-out.  The group meets 1st & 3rd Sunday afternoon (with exceptions for holidays and special events) September through May, from 12:00-1:30p.m.  Doors open at 11:30 for pool, ping-pong, 4-square.  Meets in the Sonshine Room.   FINAL date before summer break is May 3.


serveCAMP, a Middle School Mission “trip”, is for students who will be entering grades 5-8 in the upcoming school year. Kid’s will be building trust, helping others, growing in faith and having fun. There will be activities during the day, a break in the afternoon, and option to return in the evening for night games, campfire and camping in Lord of Life’s backyard.

serveCAMP 2017 is July 31 – August 4, 2017.

Cost: $125 per student; includes camp activities, servant opportunities, transportation, 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and a week they will never forget!

Click here to register.

Registration deadline: July 20, 2017.

Contact the church office for more information.




7th & 8th Graders

Confirmation – see CONFIRMATION section below


Middle School Youth Group – same as above


serveCamp – same as above


Summer Stretch

Summer Stretch is a special program for those participating in Confirmation in the upcoming school year.

This program ties in with Lord of Life’s mission statement extremely well. It is an opportunity for young people to Connect with Christ (short study), to Connect with the Community (doing service work), and to Connect to Each Other (fun summer activities).

Some of the past service recipients have been Forestview Middle School, the Race for the Cure, Camp Vanasek, Northland Arboretum and Feed my Starving Children. Some of the fun places and things we’ve done include the waterpark, mini-golf, go-cart racing, bowling, the beach, and Target Field.

Summer Stretch 2017 meets Thursdays starting in June 8 for 6 sessions, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

A great way to meet people, hang with friends, have fun, and do something important during your summer.

Cost: $75 per student; includes all activities (lunch not included) and a t-shirt. (Early Bird registration is $60 before May 15th)

Registration deadline: May 21, 2017.

If you’d like more information, connect with the church office

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Summer Mission Trip

Each summer a mission trip is planned for 7th and 8th graders.

Here’s the deal: We think that every teenager should experience a mission trip that values relationships, respects communities and connects the hands of service with the heart of Jesus. Again and again we see quality mission trip experiences show students how to use their lives to love and value others better.

Generally speaking, this trip is within the Midwest region (ie, Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin) and is roughly a week in length.

see MISSION TRIPS section below

Contact the church office for more information.


9th Graders

Confirmation – see CONFIRMATION section below


Summer Stretch – same as above


Teens Upstream

This has become a vibrant ministry at Lord of Life. Time is spent exploring what it is the scripture says and how it is relevant today. There is time for fun and fellowship as well. Teens Upstream is structured for 9th-12th Graders. The group meets Wednesday evenings October through May, from 7:00-8:30 p.m.


Summer Mission Trip

Each summer a mission trip is planned for our Senior High Youth (9th-12th grades). Trips locales have been from Canada to New Orleans; from San Francisco to Atlanta and places in between and are typically a week to 10 days in length.

see MISSION TRIPS section below

Contact the church office for more information.



10th-12th Graders

Summer Mission Trips – same as above


Teens Upstream – same as above


Northeastern Minnesota Synod Journey and ELCA National Youth Gathering

This event takes place every 3 years and is 10 days in length. The next journey will be in the summer of 2018 in Houston, TX.

The NE MN Synod portion of the trip is a 5-day experience that includes a stop or stops in a city and/or region on the way to the ELCA NYG. It is time spent in service and in learning. Typically about 400 students from churches in northeastern MN participate.

Approximately 36,000 youth and adult leaders from the United States participate in the National Youth Gathering which is hosted in various cities around the country (ie, Detroit, New Orleans, San Antonio, Atlanta). Participants experience God’s love during events that include Bible study, small groups, servant events, inspirational speakers and musical performances.

Contact the church office for more information.



Our Confirmation Program helps fulfill our Mission Statement by connecting youth to Christ, our community and each other through a number of events.

In the Junior High (7th & 8th graders) Confirmation program, students and their small group mentors meet on Wednesday evenings to study scripture and Luther’s Small Catechism and explore ways to connect with Christ through prayer. Assisting with worship and our Wednesday supper program, as well as religious release and service opportunities round out the first two years of our three year confirmation program.

The final step in the Confirmation program begins with 9th grade and culminates with the Confirmation ceremony on Reformation Sunday (October) of the 10th grade year.  It has a variety of components including worship attendance and assisting, a faith mentor, Wednesday gatherings, retreats and mini-courses.

Contact the church office for more information.


Confirmation Resources – Videos


Mission Trips

2017 – Chicago