Join us‎ > ‎

Family and Youth Ministry

We went to DETROIT in 2015 - What a great experience!

The ELCA Youth Gathering for high school-age youth takes place every three years and is about faith formation, worship, study, fellowship, service and play.

It is an opportunity for youth to engage with peers from across the United States and the world who share a common commitment and faith in Christ. The next Gathering will be held June 27 to July 1, 2018, in Houston, TX.

The Gathering is a five-day event that begins on a Wednesday evening and ends with a service of communion the following Sunday morning. The opening night sets the stage for the days ahead in which young people may have an encounter with Jesus that energizes their faith and helps them discover their call to serve in the world — locally and globally.

On the days between Wednesday and Sunday, young people rotate through a variety of service learning experiences in the surrounding community They explore and strengthen their faith by studying God’s word, serving their neighbor, sharing bread and wine in worship, participating in lively faith discussions and broadening their experience of God’s world and diverse communities through travel.

When the question “Why work so hard to gather so many young people in one place?” pops up, the response is really quite simple. We were meant to be together, and we are a church that believes God is calling us into the world — together. So every now and then, we gather young people and adults together to share their unique stories and to experience the larger story that makes up the ELCA; we gather to be inspired, encouraged, strengthened, connected and sent out to do God’s work in the world — together!
 You can read about the 2015 trip here:


Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.  (1 Timothy 4:12)

Life Groups for Children & Youth

Youth Group: gathers once or twice a month (please check the church calendar), usually on the 2nd and 4th Sundays at 4:30 p.m.

This group includes 6th -12th graders who meet for fun, faith and friendship as they seek to live, love and learn in the Jesus Way. Youth Group provides a safe and sacred space to express joys and concerns, questions and doubts while respecting the views and insights of all. Youth participate in a wide variety of activities including: group discussions on hot topics and timeless truths, learning many ways to pray, meditate and ponder, sharing and processing the thorns and roses in their lives, supporting and caring for one another, mining the treasures of our ancient/future faith in serious and silly ways. We believe that the journey of faith is a spiritual adventure! We believe, too, that spiritual growth happens in the context of honest, loving relationships where young people are encouraged to dig deeper into the life and love of God. Youth are guided to help discern their gifts, build life skills, grow in holiness and confidence, and seek wisdom as they become their unique and authentic selves rooted in a faith they can call their own.
Young Families: A group for families with young children. Usually meets once a month on a Sunday evening for a potluck dinner and fellowship. Sometimes it's informal, or it might be a book discussion, guest speaker, or family fun activities. Child care is provided when there is an adult discussion.

Acts of Love: takes seriously Jesus New Commandment for those who would be his disciples, "Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples—when they see the love you have for each other." (John 13:34-35 The Message) Young people are invited to join in monthly opportunities for works of mercy, good deeds, and acts of love in the community. Service opportunities have included: feeding the hungry at the Asbury Dining & Caring Center (quarterly basis), "People-Pushing at St. John's Hone, raising funds for disaster relief in Haiti, volunteering at a local recycling center, helping at the Brighton Food Depot, teaching Vacation Bible School.  Those who participate in this group (sometimes including parents) are truly seeking to Be the change they wish to see in the world. Karen Grover facilitates this group. 

Special Events & Activities Sponsored by Youth & Family Ministry

Family Fun Days: Family friendly outdoor field-trips are sponsored throughout the year. These are intended to encourage families to unplug and disconnect from technology and strengthen the bonds of friendship and connection between members of our church family. Past Family Fun Days have included: Ice Skating at Manhattan Square Park (each February), Farm Day at Lollypop Farm, Rochester Red Wings Baseball, Long Acre Farms, Outdoor concert at Ontario Beach Park, Clubhouse Fun Center (miniature golf and go-carts).



New Members are received into Youth Group during worship on Rally Sunday.

Youth Group Welcome Back Party and selection of nominees for Youth Advisory Board.



Fall LYO (Lutheran Youth Organization) event - usually a visit to the Corn Maze.

Youth Fellowship Events

Youth events events are planned regularly; and have included Bowling, Game Nights, overnights, winter outings, Drive-In Movies, LYO Corn Maze and more. Check the web calendar or contact Kristin at for meeting dates and scheduled activities.

LYO Winter Weekend
This is a fun gathering of faith and fellowship for youth in 6th to 12th grades. Winter Weekend takes place in early March at Rotary Sunshine Camp in Rush.

Subpages (1): Family Fun Night