St. John's Youth Group
Members of St. John’s Lutheran Church in 6th-12th grades are members of the St. John’s Youth Group. Nothing to join; they automatically are members! Our meeting times are as follows:
Sunday 9:30-10:30am (during school year)
We gather as a group this summer to attend Pastor’s Bible Class.
Why not as our own? Mistakenly, many say that the youth are “the future of the Church.” Wrong. Youth already are the Church! No need to simplify the Scriptures for teens. Youth can think deeply and ask great questions – even being helpful to some of the older minds in the class, stimulating them with the questions, comments and perspectives of younger people!
1st and 3rd Wednesday 6:00pm-7:30pm (during school year)
St. John’s youth usually meet on the first and third Wednesday of each month from 6:00-7:30pm where we will hang out, play various sports or games (like Fear Factor, Minute to Win It, and more), plan service projects, and discuss God’s Word.
LCMS Youth Events
We have a privilege in belonging to The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod! One of the blessings is opportunities for our youth to gather with youth from sister congregations across the U.S. and Canada! At St. John’s, we support the two major choices for such youth gatherings.
Higher Things is a Recognized Service Organization of Synod. HT endeavors to assist parents, congregations, and pastors in cultivating, encouraging and promoting a distinctively Lutheran identity among their youth and young adults. Every summer, several conferences of several hundred to a thousand youth, pastors, and leaders come together for four days of worship, the Word, and fun! These annual conferences are held on college campuses, with campus housing and food, to keep costs down.
The LCMS National Youth Gathering is a larger event that occurs every three years. Over 25,000 youth and chaperones gather for five days of celebration, service, and worship. Participants stay in hotels, eat in restaurants, and meet for events in large convention centers/sports domes. With the greater costs and the more complicated logistics of the larger crowd, the NYG is a triennial event.
Various retreats, lock-ins, service projects, and more, are always “in the works.” Of course, the youth board is open to hearing your ideas and discussing them.
Please contact any of the Youth Board with any questions. You can email us or connect with us on Facebook. The St. John’s Chicago Youth group page is closed, for the privacy and protection of our youth. Introduce yourself and your interest, and we can talk about adding you to that group page.
We look forward to constantly being fed by Christ and growing as a group, gathering for worship, hearing His Word, and having fun!