gsYouth is a place where students know they are loved by God as we worship, serve, and belong while following Christ together.

Where: N. Oak Campus (9555 N. Oak Trafficway, Kansas City, MO 64155)

When: Wednesday Nights from 6:30 – 8P

Who: Any teenager who is 7th – 12th grade

This summer, we will be having fun, while continuing to grow in our relationship with God! Every Wednesday night that we meet, we will do a short devotional time, followed by loads of fun! God loves when we smile, so that means God loves when we have fun! What better way to do that than to do it with our gsYouth family?

Summer Schedule:

June 7: Summer Kickoff

June 14: Kickball (with a twist)

June 21: Mystery Night

June 28: Movie Night

July 5: Water Wars (swim attire)

July 12: Knockerball

July 19: gsKids Summer Camp (gsYouth volunteer to help)

July 26: Wacky Dinner Party

August 2: Superhero Night

August 9: Closing Ceremonies

August 16: Fall Kick-off & Parent Meeting

Confirmation

The journey of faith is a life-long process. It’s not something we graduate from or complete. Throughout that journey are milestones where we recognize & respond to the saving grace of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit that equips us for the journey. Confirmation is one of those significant milestones. When youth are confirmed, they profess their faith in Jesus Christ and commit to continuing to grow in that faith for the rest of their lives.

Youth in 8th–12th grade are eligible for confirmation. To prepare, youth meet in weekly groups for several months. We seek to provide an atmosphere of listening, support and encouragement. We want youth to know that their faith journey and their story are truly unique. Both have tremendous importance. We try to keep class sizes small to encourage relationship-building & learning.

2017 confirmation begins on Sunday, September 10. Fill out the form to the right to sign up! Sign up by September 1st. 

When: Sundays, Septemer 10 – December 3, @ 4 pm

Where: Platte County Campus (8017 NW Hampton Rd., Kansas City, MO 64152)

Who: Any teenager in 8th – 12th grade

Mission trips

As followers of Christ, we believe that we are to serve others. Mission work is at the heart of serving Christ, but mission work is not just going on a trip, it’s a way of living every day.  We deeply value relationships, and living missional lives means that God sends us out into relationship with others. We don’t serve with the intent to help but to truly serve through connecting with others. This is at the heart of gsYouth missions.

Registration is determined by Youthworks. 

Retreats

Life is crazy. We get busy with school, sports, clubs, productions, and then there is our faith, relationships, and families. When do we get the chance to take a step away from all of that craziness and set aside time to just be? gsYouth Retreats gives us that oppurtunity. Through these we will grow in our relationship with God and with each other through worshipping, and talking about the things in life at a location away from Kansas City. 

Registration will open soon for our Fall Retreat.

Winter Jam

Every winter, Winter Jam Tour rolls through Kansas City and puts on an incredible show filled with amazing worship, powerful messages, and huge amounts of fun! We love to take our high schoolers with us to that show where they can experience Jesus in an arena (Sprint Center) filled with their peers. 

Registration is determined by Winter Jam Tour dates.

Middle School Camp

When summertime comes its time for fun. We open up the oppurtunity for any and all middle schoolers to spend a week at Youthfront Camps (West or LaCygne). At these camps, they will spend the week sleeping in cabins, worhsipping, hearing powerful messages, and having more fun than any one middle schooler can handle! Paintball, ATVs, The Blob, Swimming Pools, you name it. 

Registration is determined by Youthfront Camps

Festival of Sharing (Youthfest)

Every year, the Festival of Sharing takes place at the Missouri State Fairgrounds. This is an amazing oppurtunity for our middle schoolers get out of Kansas City for a day to go and serve alongside hundreds of other youth their age. They will spend time worshipping, hearing a powerful message, and packing food or homeless its, and various other types of service. 

Registration is determined by Youthfest. 

WOW

Next Generation Ministries from the Missouri Conference of the United Methodist Church hosts a conference where they invite youth from around the state to come together to experience Jesus in a new and energetic way. This takes place in Springfield, MO. Worhsip is lead by amazing musicians who love Jesus. It is loud and proud. Great speakers are brought in from all over the country to teach us about our faith and who Jesus is and can be in our lives. 

Registration is determined by Next Generation Ministries. 

gsYouth Small Groups

Everything in the universe is in relationship; one does not exist without the other. gsYouth small groups hope to provide an atmosphere where the following guidelines apply:

• We acknowledge one another as equals.

• We try to stay curious about each other by asking questions and being good listeners.

• We recognize that we need the support and encouragement of one another.

• We slow down so we have time to think & reflect.

• We expect it to be messy at times.

Sign-ups for gsYouth Small Groups will open on August 24th and will be open until September 24th.

Kalee Johnson, Youth Coordinator

kjohnson@goodshepherdkc.com
phone: 816.734.2216 | ext. 304

Darrick Strzelecki, Director of Youth Ministries

dstrez@goodshepherdkc.com