Youth Of Good Shepherd (YOGS)
Our youth ministry at Good Shepherd reaches strives to incorporate our children into the broader ministry of the church. For us, youth ministry means ministry for our youth, by our youth, and with our youth. Our goal is to help our youth develop a stronger faith by surrounding them with people and opportunities to learn and experience what it means to be a Christian in the world today, with all its challenges and joys, and to know that they are unconditionally accepted in this family of faith.
6th to 8th grade
This group meet regularly on Sunday evenings in addition to any special activities that are planned.
The Jr. YOGS are also very active in community service through events such as the Souper Bowl of Caring, CROP Walk, Thanksgiving in September, Operation Inasmuch, and making and delivering holiday baskets to our homebound members. Jr. YOGS may also attend Lutheran Church Youth retreats and the annual Lutheran Church Youth convention
Together with our senior high youth, our Jr. YOGS lead our annual Youth Sunday worship service.
9th to 12th grade
The Sr. YOGS meet twice a month and have several unique opportunities available to them, such as the senior high Lutheran Church Youth retreats.
In addition, every three years, our Sr. YOGS are invited to attend the ELCA National Youth Gathering. The Sr. YOGS are very involved in community service and participate in fellowship events with other area youth.
Since most of our Sr. YOGS have been confirmed as members, much of our focus is on helping them to better understand what baptismal living as a Christian young adult is all about, what it means to be active in the life of the church, and how to integrate their faith as they prepare for the next stage of their life.