High School Ministry

(9th-12th Grade)

Word of Peace is the place for 9th-12th grade youth to grow in their faith! Leadership opportunities, Bible studies, mission trips, bonfires, service projects, mentoring programs, worship and more! 

Summer 2018

ELCA Youth Gathering

Houston, Texas | June 27 - July 1 Registration is Closed

"For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God."  -Ephesians 2:8

Every three years, 30,000 high school youth and their adult leaders from across the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America 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.

Each of the three full days of the Gathering centers around a theme: proclaim community, proclaim justice, and proclaim story. The proclaim community day involves interactive learning around what it means to act in a way that reflects God’s value for everybody. On the proclaim justice day, we serve the city of Houston in a variety of service projects. On the proclaim story day, we gather with other groups from our synod to build community, relationships, and grow together. Each evening of the Gathering, all 30,000 of us gathering for worship, concerts, and speakers as part of the Mass Gatherings.

Please keep the students, chaperones, and staff of the Gathering in your prayers. For more information, visit the Youth Gathering website and follow the ELCA on Twitter


Youth Day at Bunker Beach | Wednesday, June 20 | 12:45-6 PM

COST: $20 (No additional cost for students who are signed up for Summer Stretch)

Students in grades 5th through 12th, join us at Bunker Beach in Coon Rapids for an afternoon of swimming, water slides, wave pools and more! 



Gaga Ball (June-August)

Mondays from 1:00-2:30 PM on June 18, July 9 & 23 and August 13

Gaga Ball is open to anyone in completed grades 4-12. We'll meet at the Word of Peace Gaga "pit" for some fun in the sun! No sign-up is needed and we don't keep score. Please bring a water bottle.

Leadership Opportunities

Vacation Bible School Volunteer

High school students are encouraged to serve as leaders for our Vacation Bible School program with children aged 3 through 5th grade. Spend a week at Word of Peace leading games, activities, and learning opportunities! 2018 VBS dates are June 18-22. 

Summer Stretch Leader

High school students are encouraged to serve as leaders for our Summer Stretch program, which runs weekly on Wednesdays during the summer.  

Church School Teacher

A church school teacher serves as a leader, mentor and friend to a class of church school children. Typically, each class of students has a pair of teachers who share teaching responsibilities throughout the year. Invite a friend to co-teach with you! 

Confirmation Junior Guide

High school students at Word of Peace can serve as Junior Guides in Confirmation small groups. Each small group has an adult guide and a Junior Guide that lead conversation and facilitate discussion during small group time on Wednesday evenings during the school year. Junior Guides participate in servant and fellowship events with their small groups and attend periodic leadership training sessions throughout the year. 


For more information about any of these opportunities to serve, please contact Christina Verbick.

Event Permission and Health and Information Forms

For safety reasons, a health and information form and event permission form must be completed and signed by a parent or guardian for all off-site church related youth activities (day trips as well as overnight events).

The Event Permission Form must be completed and turned in to the Youth Ministry Office for every youth event a youth participates in.

The Health and Information Form must be completed and turned in to the Youth Ministry Office annually. It will be kept on file in the Youth Ministry Office and does not need to be recompleted for every event a youth participates in.  

Both forms must be turned in to the Youth Ministry Office prior to the start date of the activity or event. 

Christina Verbick

Christina Verbick
Director of Youth Ministry

(763) 496-2410 | Email Christina