Children + Youth
We long to be the kind of community that makes faith “sticky” and long lasting for our children and youth. We value families worshiping together to experience compassion and grace. In all our programming for children and youth, we strive to create community through relationships with caring adults and their peers.
Sunday school - 3 year old through 5th grade
On Sunday mornings, our Sunday School program invites children through 5th grade to experience the Bible through play, relationships with peers and caring adults, and hands-on activities. Activities change throughout the year in which children and their parents can select the type of learning style that best suits them. Vacation Bible School in the summer is also a great week of friendship and fun.
Sept 9, 2018 - May 19, 2019, excluding these dates: Oct 21 (MEA Break), Nov 25 (Thanksgiving Break), Dec 23+ 30 (Christmas Break), Jan 20 (MLK Jr. Break), March 24 (Spring Break), April 21 (Easter Break)
Three Year Old Orientation: Sept 5th, 5:30-6:30pm
Kindergarten Sticky Faith Celebration: Sept 23, 10am
Third Grade Bible Celebration: Oct 28, 10am
Fifth Grade Communion Celebration: March 3, 10 at 10am, and March 17 at worship service of your choice
Christmas Program: Dec 9th, 4pm
Middle School Youth
Confirmation: Middle School
6th-8th grade youth are invited to take part in our Confirmation Programs on Wednesday evenings. Confirmation students learn about faith and build relationships together as a large group and in
small groups led by caring and compassionate adult guides. Youth are also invited to group retreats to dive deeper with their fellow confirmands and adult guides.
Sept 12, 2018 - April 10, 2019, excluding these dates: Oct 17 (MEA break), Oct 31 (Halloween), Nov 21 (Thanksgiving), Dec 26 + Jan 2 (Christmas break), March 27 (Spring break), April 17 (Holy Week)
high School YoutH
GDYG (Gloria Dei Youth Group - High School)
Weekly - Wednesdays: 7:17-8:18pm
9th-12th grade youth spend time connecting with other students from the five area high schools and adult leaders, growing as a community of faith on Wednesday nights in the Loft. From Service Projects to Ice Cream and Games, the friendships formed each week create a long lasting impact.
4-week rotation on Wednesday Nights:
1) What’s the Word on the Street? 2) Ice Cream’s All About the Quantity
3) What’s Goin’ On? Serving in the Community 4) Adventure of a Lifetime
GDYG Fall Retreat
Saturday, October 27th
All High School youth are invited to an Urban Immersion education session in Minneapolis followed by the return of a frightful night, Valley Scare! (Valley Scare is a Halloween themed Valley Fair Park event). Limit to the first 34 registrants!
GDYG Lock In
Friday, Dec 14th - Sat, Dec 15th: 8pm-8am
Join us for a high school lock in at Gloria Dei for an evening of faith and fun!
Middle School and High School week-long summer trips are offered each year as a chance to develop relationship and faith connections. Service, Adventure, and National Youth Gathering trips are a few of the themes alternating each year. These trips are transformative for youth and adult leaders alike!
Summer Trips Info Meeting with D.J.
Sunday, September 23rd - 10am (High School Trip) + Noon (Middle School Trip)
Come learn more about the two summer trips for youth during the summer of 2019.
Middle School Summer Trip: Mission trip to Milwaukee, WI
July 7 - 12, 2019
All youth entering 6th grade through 9th grade are invited to sign up for our middle school mission trip to Milwaukee, WI. We partner with Serve Boldly to help us set up service opportunities and fun activities in Milwaukee for a week in July.
High School Summer Trip: Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp in Colorado
July 19-28, 2019
All youth entering 9th grade through ending 12th grade are invited to sign up for the high school summer trip to Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp in Colorado. There will be opportunities for outdoor adventure and fun community at camp.
Sunday morning messages are designed to resonate with people of all ages. Children are invited to set the table for communion or serve communion on their own or with adult assistance. If desired, nursery care is also available during most of our worship services for ages birth to 3 years.
At Gloria Dei, people of all ages are invited to the table to receive the bread and the wine of Holy Communion. When Jesus said, “Do this in remembrance of me”, he did not include any fine print on who should be included or what age they should be.
Being baptized into the community of faith is a special sacrament at Gloria Dei. Fill out the form below if you or your child would like to be baptized.