Youth

Confirmation for 6th - 8th grades meets Sunday mornings this year at 10am. This year, we are studying the New Testament using the Here We Stand Confirmation curriculum from Augsburg Fortress. This is part of a three-year rotation that includes instruction on the Old Testament, New Testament and Christian Theology (using Martin Luther's Small Catechism as a guide).

 

On Sunday mornings, in addition to the Here We Stand curriculum, the youth often incorporate videos from the "Re:Form" curriculum that address common questions about God, Faith and the Bible like this one:

During Advent, the confirmands each undertake a creative project of their choice. Old Testament projects focus on the Exodus story, New Testament on the Infancy of Jesus and Theology on Baptism.

During Lent, the confirmands go on a 2-day retreat for study and fellowship time. We have been blessed to hold the retreat at Skelly Lodge.

For more information about enrolling in confirmation at Joy, please contact the church office.

Youth Group: The Junior and Senior High Youth meet on the first Wednesday of the month at 6 PM. They also have at least one monthly activity. In the past, monthly activities have included dinners, service projects, pool parties, lazer-tag, game/movie nights, the Christmas play, Youth-led services at Joy, and other events as planned.

 

“So teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment and a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as you love yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” Matthew 22: 36-40 NRSV

The mission of the Joy Youth Group Education Fund is to support others less fortunate than ourselves in obtaining a good education so that they can better themselves, their communities, their country, their church, and the global society. As stated by Matthew, we are not only called to love the Lord above all, we are also called to love our neighbors. We see this as a command to care for and help others make the most of their lives and situations. We believe education is a vital necessity in the quest to live a full productive life.