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7th – 9th Grade

The journey of faith is only beginning for middle school and high school students. In a supportive mentoring relationship with adults in the congregation, youth explore and discover what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. Their learning, serving and growing goes beyond the Stratford area as they are sent out into this world.

Confirmation

Throughout the school year (September – April), 7th-9th graders meet with the pastor and adult leaders on Wednesday evenings, and some Sunday mornings for times of learning, service, relationship-building, and fun. In addition, there are opportunities for retreats and other activities with parents or other adult mentors. The focus is on Biblical studies, Lutheran faith, and how to be a follower of Jesus in today’s world.

Summer Opportunities

There are a variety of summer opportunities for high school students from mission trips, Bible camp experiences and high adventure trips in order for them to explore their faith, build relationships, discover the world, and learn who God created them to be.

REBOUND

All high schoolers entering grade 9 (in 2022-2023) through graduating seniors are invited to participate in REBOUND where we will encounter God and one another together in new ways through creative ministry, challenging conversation, inspiring guest speakers, service learning, and uplifting worship. Event takes place July 25-27, 2022 at UW-River Falls. Cost is $200. Please contact Interim Pastor Andrea Fluegel if you are interested. This event will include participants from the Northwest Synod of Wisconsin, the La Crosse Area Synod, and the Northern Great Lakes Synod.

ELCA Youth Gathering

High School students will head to New Orleans, July 16-20, 2024 for a once-in-a-lifetime experience of worship, concerts, activities and service projects with over 30,000 youth from across the country. College students may contact the ELCA Youth Gathering Team to sign up for volunteer opportunities.