Middle School Confirmation Retreat
Middle School confirmation kids attended a retreat at the MD-DE Synod Retreat called FreeRide which is held every year in October. It draws over 350 people (youth groups) each fall from all over our synod. It's a weekend of service projects, faith-filled discussions, relationship-building in small groups, music, speakers, and awesome activities ( zipline, ropes course, giant swing and rock wall climbing)! The retreat was held at the Northbay Retreat Center in North East, MD over the weekend of Oct. 17-19. Fun was had by all!!!
Middle School Youth (MSY) and High School Youth (SHY)
At Week of Hope in San Diego, CA our Youth will be helping hands to local nonprofit ministries. From serving meals to the homeless, working with disabled children, or sharing stories with lonely seniors their service will be felt in the community and will be a shining example of God's love!
The Youth Ministry Program at St. Martin's is constantly evolving and offers a variety of fun activities and programs, devotional time, Bible study, fellowship, and service opportunities for Middle School and High School youth. We actively strive to serve and minister to others and grow in our faith together.
St. Martin’s youth groups are active in the DE/MD ELCA Synod and the synod Lutheran Youth Organization. We welcome everyone, and believe that through fun, fellowship, service, worship, and studying and sharing God’s word, we can build and grow together in the Christian faith! So bring a friend and join in!!
Here are a sampling of activities to get involved with…
Super Saturdays for Middle School — Kayaking, Bowling, Laser Tag, Ice Skating,
Tubing, Skiing, and Rock Climbing.
Senior High Get-Togethers — Movie Nights, Midnight Bowling, Navy Games, Concerts, Lock-ins, and Kayaking.
Retreats — Marlu Ridge Confirmation Retreat, FreeRide Retreat at Northbay, Ocean City. Retreat for Senior High, Roadtrip Retreat, Ski and Tubing Retreats.
Mission Trips in the summer — Work Camp and Week of Hope Camp (Key West, Maine, New York, Texas, Ohio, Georgia), National Youth Gathering in New Orleans, San Antonio, Atlanta, New Orleans. Fundraising Projects — Car Washes, Soup Bar, Outdoor Movie Nights, Restaurant Nights, Spring Flower Sales, Spaghetti Dinner, Easter Breakfast, Yard Sale, and Flea Market.
Sunday Morning MSY Confirmation Class — Advent and Lent Programs, Mentoring our Younger Members.
Summer Day Trips — Kings Dominion, the Beach, and Tubing at Harpers Ferry.
Confirmation Program (Grades 7 & 8)
This vital mission of our church is a two-year program of study: year one is Bible study and year two focuses on the Small Catechism and Lutheranism studies. Round-up Program for youth and parents, service hours, worship discussions, youth group, and retreats are a vital part of the program. We use the “Here We Stand” curriculum published by Augsburg Fortress.