YOUTH, middle/high school kids

Youth @ NLC

This is a place where you can grow in relationship to God and others. This is a community where you can bring friends and make new ones. This is a place that values the gifts, talents, vitality, and passion that Junior and Senior High kids bring. Join us to learn, grow, love, and serve in Jesus Christ.

Our Programs

In middle school?

Join Confirmation 

In high school?

Check out High School Hangout

Looking for something fun on Sunday mornings?

Join us for Donuts & Devotions 

Interested in music and gathering with your friends?

Check out Youth Choir 

Ready to serve?

Be a Reading Buddy. Serve as an acolyte.

Questions? Wondering about finding the right place for you? We’d love to help! Please contact Maggie Jones at mjones@normluth.org / 952.929.1697 x369.

NLC Youth in Action

NLC Youth participate in programming throughout the school year and grow together in faith with fun events and trips over the summer months.

Summer 2017

Click here to find out what's going on this summer>

Summer 2016

NLC Youth headed to the Boundary Waters and more. Check out normluthyouth on Facebook to see all the different NLC Youth adventures! 

What is NLC Youth About?

My Favorite Place to Be... My Sanctuary

By Annika Henry

I have been going to NLC my whole life. I'm grateful for the times my parents would make me go to church because "they said so” for so many reasons…

First off, I met my best friend here in Cherub Choir. We didn't go to the same school up until high school, so church was our main connecting point. I can't imagine not being her friend, not being a dynamic duo, and not having shared countless experiences that would later become the foundation of my identity. Whether or not we're in church, Lindsay and I prefer to be addressed as "LANNIKA." I have grown with her throughout the years – like literally grown with her. We were the same height until we were 15 and I grew an inch and she did not. 

The first time I started appreciating church was when I was in Confirmation, playing guitar with our former youth director, Steve. I'm actually terrified by crowds and being anywhere near the center of attention, but when I'm in church my anxiety is dulled and I feel so much better afterward. Once when I was in a hospital, I would play “Sanctuary” on my guitar every night to end the day on a positive note. My roommate, who was atheist, loved the song and she would sing along at night before we would go to bed. She didn't care that it was a religious song, it made her happy and she saw how it helped me. 

Going to Youth Group every Wednesday became the highlight of my week. It's how I met Betsy Narr, probably the coolest person I know who still uses the slang term "rad." I'm not great at describing feelings, but it sort of feels like I'm Anakin Skywalker (pre-burning in lava and becoming Darth Vader) and she's Obi-Wan Kenobi. And when Maggie Jones got here I wasn't sure about my opinion of her. But then I got a fish for the Fishbowl (aka the Youth Room) and she just went with it, so I knew we were going to get along just fine. While being involved with Normandale Youth, I have also learned that I'm actually a good person that makes people happy, as well as that somewhat of a leader. Score.

The Normandale Youth is the safest, warmest, and most accepting community I have ever belonged to – a community in which I actually feel like I belong. Through my worst to my best moments, this community has supported me. Quite frankly, I wouldn't be alive today without this peculiar group of individuals, showing me I'm never alone. Thinking back on the nights when I argued with my parents about not going to church, I wish I could go back and tell myself that in a few years, it would become my favorite place to be. My sanctuary. 

 

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