Youth — Grades 6-12

Welcome to the youth page of Emmanuel Lutheran Church!

We’re really glad you’re here checking it out.

Students, families, volunteer mentors, and the whole church family are experiencing this journey of faith together. Visitors are welcome to join in the fun!

We’ve heard all of the excuses that teenagers throw out about not wanting to get plugged into anything church related – “It’s boring . . . it’s irrelevant . . . all the people who go to church are not cool.” To combat the growing trend of Youth Ministry being a one size fits all type of ministry where you either fit in, or you don’t, we have designed an engaging ministry for students that emphasize relationships with peers, with mentors, and with God and fits into the purpose and mission of Emmanuel as a whole. We’re pursuing spiritual maturity together as disciples of Jesus in Youth Ministry, worship life, and Connection Groups. We hope this site helps you get an understanding of what the Youth Ministry at Emmanuel is all about, but really you’ve just got to come out and experience it.



A2J stands for Addicted to Jesus, which is where we strive to live in light of our Christian faith.  We recognize that even more than an addiction and more like a necessity, we need Christ.  We need Him, not because He helps us live,  but because He gives us life!

Addicted 2 Jesus is all about getting to know what our church teaches and by doing so, fully understanding how much we need Jesus in our daily lives. Our Junior High Youth Ministry A2J builds the foundation that we expand upon once a student reaches high school.

  • Local Mission Trips
  • Jr. High School LCMS District Youth Gathering
  • Bi-Weekly Sunday evening Confirmation Program for the family (September – May)
  • Monthly activities, service events, and more
  • Sunday School at 9:45 am


Be sure to follow us on our various Social Medias for more info: A2J Facebook page@ELCYOUTHMINelcketteringyouth and click here to see coming events for A2J




In June, 2017 we rolled out a new logo for Beyond Belief-Senior High Youth Ministry. The design is fairly simple, but don’t let the simplicity undermine the meaning.  The circle and the colors have ties to our stained glass logo. The backwards and forwards facing “B” stand for Beyond Belief. In the middle of the circle in the white background as well as the black in the middle of the Bs there is a very subtle cross.  As far as the meaning behind beyond belief, that is two-fold. First, what Jesus did for us is beyond belief, we cannot fully understand and even if we could, it wouldn’t make sense to our human rationale. The second part, ties into our lives, we are called to believe. But, more than that we are called to live out the love that Christ first showed us. Plan to join us as we explore what it means to live life Beyond Belief.

  • Summer Mission Trip (recent trips include: Pawleys Island, SC; Navajo Nation, AZ)
  • LCMS National Youth Gathering (the 2019 NYG is in Minneapolis, MN)
  • Annual conferences and retreats
  • Monthly activities, Bible study, service events and more
  • Sunday School at 9:45 am
  • Beyond Belief Youth Nights

At Emmanuel we believe that the family is the key in helping students shape their faith. We strive to equip and resource families with what they need to play the role God has given to them. We truly believe that one resource to families with Jr. and Sr. High Youth is intergenerational Connection Groups where students and families can build meaningful relationships with others who will walk alongside them in the faith. This is vital for students to get to know other adults who can build up, support, and mentor them in the faith in ways that parents might not be able. We are the body of Christ and are to walk together in the faith to which we have been call. In addition to the adults in their Connection Group, the team of Youth Ministry adult volunteers can act as additional spiritual mentors, prayer partners, and friends for each and every one of our students.

Check out our various Social Medias for more info: Beyond Belief Facebook page@ELCYOUTHMINelcketteringyouth and click here for coming events for Beyond Belief!

Contact Person:  Seth Illich, Manager of Youth and Young Adult Discipleship  (


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