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.

"Not Me!" Training @ NLC

"Not Me!" | Assault Prevention & Defense Training

Sunday, February 3 | 1:00-4:00pm | Fellowship Hall

“NOT ME!” training provides women and female youth the information they need to recognize dangerous situations, avoid them, and escape if the worst happens. This presentation-based training is appropriate for all, regardless of age, size, or fitness level.
All women welcome: female youth-ages 14 & up, moms, daughters, and grandmas are encouraged to attend together.


  • Who, What, When, Where and How assaults happen.  
  • The sequence of events prior to and during an attack. Tactics predators use to look for victims.
  • What to do when a weapon is involved. Precautions around cars and when traveling. 
  • Use of safety tools to stack the odds in your favor.
  • The simple, yet most effective defense moves to escape regardless of age, size or fitness level. 


This is not a martial arts class. It is presentation based, with a mildly physical segment in the middle. All women welcome. Female youth-ages 14 & up, moms, daughters & grandmas welcome to attend together. Must be at least 14 years of age to attend. COST: $79 $40 - Use promo code NML at checkout. (Subsidized by Normandale Lutheran Church.)
To register and to learn more, click the Register button below.

Sign up for BWCA Summer 2019!

July 22-29 | Wilderness Canoe Base

NLC Youth and Youth Alumni (those who have participated in HSHO in the last 4 years) will be returning to Wilderness Canoe base for another week of adventure in the beautiful Boundary Waters Canoe Area this summer! Our 19-22 year old group will be attending during the same week as our high school trip but doing separate activities and will go out on trail separately.

This trip offers a truly unmatched experience in one of the most unique, beautiful and untouched wilderness areas in the entire world and a treasure of Minnesota.  It will feature 2 nights and days spent in service and fun in and around Wilderness Canoe Base followed by 4 days and nights camping and canoeing in the BWCA and one last night back at WCB. 


Who: NLC Youth and Youth Alumni from the last 4 years (19-22 year olds)
When: July 22-29
Where: Wilderness Canoe Base and the Boundary Waters in Grand Marais, MN
Cost: $450/spot
Transportation: Bus

Questions or info about scholarships? Contact Maggie Jones at or 952.929.1697. 

Register for 2018-19 Children and Youth Activities!

Click the button below to use our NEW All-in-One form to register your whole family for Choir, Sunday School, Confirmation, High School Hang Out and KFC.


Confirmation 2017


In middle school? Click here for more information and/or to register for confirmation.

High Schoolers

High School Hangout!

In high school?  Check out High School Hangout!

Donuts & Devos

Donuts & Devotions

Looking for something fun on Sunday mornings?  Check out Donuts & Devotions

Youth Choir

Youth Choir

Interested in music and gathering with your friends? Check out Youth Choir


Sacred Dancers 2017

Liturgical Dance 

Are you a dancer who wants to share your gift during worship? Check out Liturgical Dance
youth at VEAP 2017

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

NLC Youth in Action

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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