At St. Paul's, we know that the future of our church and families is found in our youth. We want to see them grow in their faith in Christ, their knowledge of the Word, their fellowship with one another, and their success as individuals. St. Paul's offers three main programs aimed specifically at teens:
St. Paul's Lutheran (awesome) Teens, a.k.a. SPLaT
SPLaT is a twice a month (usually) get-together for 6th-12th graders. We play wacky games, engage in large group devotion and small group reflection, share snacks, and sing songs. Older teens encourage younger teens and pre-teens and lead them in reflection. The activities are planned mainly by a cross-age committee of teens in the 9th-12th grades. With few exceptions it takes place on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month.
We work in connection with Camp Phillip in Wautoma, WI to provide spiritual growth retreats for our teens and confirmation students. Camp Phillip has three teen retreats during the year, and we organize transportation and facilitate registrations for our teens to go to those. We also organize a Confirmation Retreat at Camp Phillip in the fall for our 7th and 8th graders.
Teen reatreats at Camp Phillip include fun and unique games using Camp Phillip's custom facilities, in depth Bible studies aimed at teens, lots of time for fun and fellowship, and lodging and food at modern facilities. Many people have said, "It's hard to explain what makes Camp Phillip so awesome, but after you go once, you can't wait to go back." Teen retreats take place in October, January, and March. For more about Camp Phillip, visit their website at www.campphillip.com.
Teen Mission Trips
Each summer teens from St. Paul's and surrounding congregations provide assistance to smaller congregations throughout the nation. We help with Vacation Bible School, sports camps, canvassing projects, or other mission related work. The most current Mission Trip Registration packet can be found below:
This year we are adding a new element to our program - a mission trip to Costa Maya, Mexico. Teens interested in this experience should download the information and application linked below. Information and applications for other trips will be available later in the year.
Mexico Mission Trip Information and Application