Upcoming Youth events


10:        Breakfast with St. Nick from 9-10:30 a.m.

                 All Ages Welcome!

             Pumpkin Pie Making for Pie Fest, Gathering Space Kitchen, 1-5 p.m.

                Grades 6 – 12. We will have Middle and High School in different kitchens.

             Christmas at Forest Bend Farm, 5 - 8:30 p.m.

                Grades 6 - 12. Dinner will be provided.

                Separate Carpools. Bring $15 to cover costs. Dress warm because this event is outside.

11:       Lessons and Carols with Pie Fest

                All Ages Welcome!

14:       Middle School Christmas Party, Youth Center, 7 - 8:15 p.m.

                Grades 6 - 8. Friends Welcome! Bring a White Elephant Gift, $10 limit.

16:       High School Christmas Party, 5 – 9:45 p.m.

                Grades 9 – 12. 

                Dinner will be at Chick-Fil-A, then to The Summit for some fun, and end the night at church for

                  Secret Santa reveals.

                Bring $15 and friends are welcome!

18:       All Youth, All Volunteer Role Training, Sanctuary, 12 - 2 p.m.

                Grades 6 - 12. 

                Lunch Provided! We will be learning how to be acolytes, greeters, ushers, and readers for our

                   January 8th Youth-Led Services.

            Ice Skating at Acacia Park, 2 - 5 p.m.

                Grades 6 -12. Separate carpools. Friends Welcome!

                We are inviting our friends from Ascension Lutheran, Grace Lutheran, and Christ the King Lutheran too.

21:       No MS Youth Group (Confirmation will be a Game Night!)

25:       No Sunday School or Youth Ministry Offerings

28:       No MS Youth Group or Confirmation

Jan. 1:  No Sunday School or Youth Ministry Offerings

Regular Sunday Morning Schedule

9:30-10:30 a.m.      "Sunday School" for 6th-8th graders in the Peel House Youth Center

10:30-11 a.m.         Sunday School Shepherds Bible Study in the Fellowship Hall   (see below for details on becoming a Shepherd)

10:45 - 11:30 a.m. Rainbow Ringers (2nd-5th grade) Handbell Practice in the Choir Room

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.    Couch Worship with Communion for All Grades in the Peel House Youth Center

12 - 3:00 p.m.        Supervised Hang Out Time for All Grades in the Youth Center

                                          Christmas Movies on November 27, December 4, and December 11!!

12 - 1:30 p.m.         Middle School Lunch and Handbell Practice (Jubilate Ringers)

1:30-3:00 p.m.        High School Handbell Practice (Celebration Ringers)

Middle School Youth Group will be from 7 - 8:30 p.m. on WEDNESDAY NIGHTS.

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram @flccs_youth_young_adult

The Youth Group Permission and Health Form can be found and signed digitally here

This is needed for all Middle School and High School Youth Group.

The printable version can be found here.

Register Here for Sunday School Year 2022-2023

Sunday School - Preschool & Elementary

At First Lutheran we strive to make Sunday school a place where children experience the unconditional love of God and the joy that comes with it. Through teaching, music and service projects they learn what it means to be a follower of Christ.

Sunday School

PreK thru 5th grade
We have a dedicated staff of teachers who make a year-long commitment, offering consistency for the students. Our teachers are carefully screened and background checked. 

Summer Sunday school is during the 9:30 a.m. service. 

Children are taken to the Gathering Place after the Children's Message and brought back in for communion with their families.

There is no Sunday School on August 28 or September 4.

Register Here for Sunday School Year 2022-2023

Little Lambs (PreK): September 18

Each year we welcome our newest pre-schoolers to join the Little Lambs class for Sunday school! The little lambs and their parents are welcomed in church by the congregation, the pastor, and their teachers, given a blessing and a little lamb and then head off to their first Sunday School class!

First Communion (5th Grade): April 6th, Maundy Thursday

First Communion instruction happens in the Spring of 5th grade for our youth. Part of the 5th grade Sunday school curriculum includes instruction on Passover and the Last Supper, which provides the background for further instruction with our faith formation leadership and parents. Some youth might feel moved to begin receiving communion prior to 5th grade and that should include a conversation with the pastor and parents.

Please email michaela@flccs.net for more information.


6th and 7th grade

Youth are encouraged to come to the Peel House Youth Center on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. for a bible lesson and discussion. Middle School Youth Group is also held weekly on Wednesday nights from 7 - 8:30 p.m. in the Youth Center.

First Bibles - (6th grade): August 17th

At the beginning of each year, we recognize our 6th graders as they transition from elementary Sunday School into Middle School Youth Group. To help prepare them for the affirmation of faith we equip them with new study Bibles which they receive on the first Wednesday of the new school year during our 7 p.m. Wednesday Night LIGHT worship. 


Vacation Bible School - VBS

2023 Dates Coming Soon!

Additional Opportunities for Children                     

There are numerous additional opportunities for younger children to be involved in the First Lutheran community. Please visit our music page to learn about bell choir opportunities and our Gallery of Living Art page.


August 17th - April 26th

Confirmation in the Lutheran tradition is a public profession of faith after two-years of intentional instruction on the topics of the Bible, the Lord’s Prayer, the Apostle’s Creed, Church History, Spiritual Practices, and Christian Living. Our 8th and 9th graders come together once a week to worship together and dive into the ancient questions of our faith in large and small group discussion. From 'why do bad things happen to good people?' To 'is the New Testament more important than the Old Testament?' To 'why did Jesus have to die?' Or even 'I have doubts, is that okay?'
Curious spiritual seekers of all ages are encouraged to join us each week at our 7pm Wednesday Night LIGHT (Living In God’s Holy Truth) Worship Service. After the service our youth will break off into a small group and adults are welcome to stay and enjoy their own faith formation time for the remainder of the hour.
Should weather not allow us to worship inside, we will worship and have small groups in the newly-renovated Peel House.
Program Expectations:

1. Wednesday Night LIGHT worship
Attendance at no less than 24 out of the 30 offered. Once a week the class will meet with Michaela and confirmation mentors. In this time together we will explore scripture, learn about the catechism and Lutheranism and spend time connecting this information to our everyday experiences.

2) Brunch and Worship Together, 3x a year
Confirmation students and their families help to put together a brunch and eat together at 10:30 a.m. then head over to the 11 a.m. service to worship as a group. This adds a critical community component to our program.

3) Confirmation Mentorship
Each confirmand is assigned a confirmation mentor for the Lenten season. Wednesday Nights between February 22 and March 29 they will meet with their confirmation mentor one-on-one during the normally scheduled large group time with Michaela Eskew. 

4) Service in Worship
Students will serve as acolytes, ushers, greeters, and communion assistants, using their gifts to bless the congregation and grow new relationships.

5) Camp and Retreats
Students who have finished 8th grade will attend Confirmation Camp. Students will also participate in a variety of retreats throughout their two years in confirmation. Check the info packet below for dates.

Click here for the 2022 - 2023 schedule.

Get the 2022-2023 Confirmation information packet here.

Sign up for Confirmation by clicking here.

Middle and high school youth groups

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We work to develop our youth into mature leaders for the mission of Jesus. Our vision for Youth Ministry is to create a safe place for youth to grow in their faith in Jesus. Our youth love one another and develop a community that is both closely knit and welcoming. Through relational lunches once a month, retreats, and leadership training we create fully committed followers of Jesus. Our director of youth and children’s ministry, Shelly Schmidt, is always available for conversation and mentoring.

Middle School

See the top of this page for all the exciting events we have on the calendar this month!

Our 6th and 7th graders meet alongside our 9:30 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship for Sunday School.

We have Confirmation class for 8th and 9th graders taught by Michaela Eskew, our Minister of Faith Formation. It meets on Wednesdays from 7-8pm, details above.

Middle School Youth Group runs weekly on Wednesday Nights from 7 - 8:30 p.m. in the Peel House Youth Center. Youth Group includes a faith formation lesson as well as games and yummy snacks!

Our middle school youth also have the opportunity to be part of the KICK Team (Kids In Christ Helping Kids.) The KICK team helps in the ministry of Preschool and K-5 age group kids.

High School Youth Group

See the top of this page for all the exciting events we have on the calendar this month!

High School Youth Group runs weekly on Sunday Afternoons from 12 - 1:30 p.m. in the Peel House Youth Center. Youth Group includes games, a faith formation lesson, and lunch.

High School students also have the opportunity to be part of the KICK Team (Kids In Christ Helping Kids.) The KICK team helps in the ministry of Preschool and K-5 age group kids. 

High School students can also serve as Sunday School Shepherds and assist in teaching the faith to our children during Sunday School. Shepherds have a weekly bible study on Sunday mornings from 10:30 - 11:00 a.m. and are encouraged to attend worship at the 11 a.m. service either in the sanctuary or in the Youth Center live-streamed.

High School Bell Choir is called the Celebration Ringers and they meet weekly for practice and then go on a week-long concert tour in the summer.

Each summer we offer two youth trips: one for our middle schoolers at First Lutheran and one for High Schoolers out of state. These trips help our youth to grow in faith, serve the community and deepen their friendships. 

Middle School Summer Trip

Dates and details for Summer 2023 coming soon! 

High School Summer Trip

Dates and details for Summer 2023 coming soon! 

Announcement will be made of destination and dates on October 9th.

The Youth Group Permission and Health Form can be found here. This is needed for all Middle School and High School Youth Group.

Family Ministry events

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“Help! I’m about to have a teenager!”: For Parents of 4th – 6th graders

September 18 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

First Lutheran Peel House – Room 201

Raising a teen is notoriously stressful, but it doesn’t have to be! This talk for parents will explore the best ways to navigate your child’s growing independence, while also making sure that they hear your wisdom. This is also a great opportunity to meet other parents navigating this life stage too, which is the other most important tool you have in raising teenagers: community!

Faith-Based Family Book Fair

September 25 from 7:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Gathering Place

Come enjoy one of the best childhood memories, Book Fair Day! Come shop for yourself, your children, your grandchildren, or even the local neighbor’s kid! We will have Bibles for every developmental level as well as many other faith-based resources for helping every member of your family grow in faith. The Book Fair will be open all Sunday morning, so stop by and take a look. Michaela Eskew, the Minister of Faith Formation, will be there to answer any questions as you peruse the selections.

Science vs. Religion: For Parents of Teens or Young Adults

October 2 from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

First Lutheran Peel House Parlor

Do you feel stumped by the debates between science and religion? Do you feel like your teen or young adult is falling away from their faith because science seems to give them all the answers? Bring your questions, your worries, and your doubts, to this open forum. The conversation will be guided by those in attendance and trusted faith leaders will answer the biggest faith vs. religion questions you have. Snacks will be provided!

We at First Lutheran seek to be your partners in this journey of faithful parenting, so please reach out to Michaela Eskew, our Minister of Faith Formation, if there is a topic in particular that is difficult or intimidating to discuss with your children.

Missed our Sexuality, Gender, and Non-Binary Discussion for Parents?

Here is the recording of Daniel Kirschbaum's amazing talk. Passcode: r$5w%HO?

Here is the outline of his talk, if any of these are interesting to you check out the zoom recording above.

  • Defining Terms: Gender, Sexuality/Attraction, Romanticism, Binary, Sex, Queer, Expression
  • Breaking Down the above Terms in terms of common identities, definitions, language that’s comfy, language to steer clear from and why, and confusing trends and identities.
  • Responses to coming out, transitions, identity exploration
  • Queer Theology - How the LGBTQ+ community explores the Bible

Youth Podcasts