SRU - Solid Rock University
6TH-9TH GRADE CONFIRMATION
Welcome to SRU--Solid Rock University
We’re glad you are seeking out information about Solid Rock Confirmation at Our Savior’s!
But Why Confirmation?
We believe confirmation is a great time to learn and grow as a follower of Jesus. We do this because it matters to God. God wants to be in a relationship with us. God wants us to grow in love toward God, and also toward our neighbor. God wants us to follow him, to listen to God’s word, to pray and serve, and to hang out together. So it’s all about growing as a disciple. And it matters to God!
Making disciples is pretty cool stuff. It can be fun. It can be exciting. It may not always be easy, but it will definitely be rewarding. Frankly, we are all in this together. We will all learn together. AND if we put out hearts and minds into it, amazing things can happen….because God is at work!
Registration for our confirmation program is by appointment only. Please contact Matt Weber, Director of Youth and Family Ministry, at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule and appointment.
6TH-8TH GRADE YOUTH GROUP
Middle School Youth Group is a time for our kids to slow the pace of life down and hang with their friends in a "safe" environment. (Leave cell phones at home) As youth grow and learn they begin to look for that third "sacred" space to be themselves. (#1 = home, #2=school) Youth group can provide that opportunity and venue to explore their independence in a safe and supervised place.
Know that we begin each session (that takes place at OSLC) with a devotion, which connects the Gospel with their lives, and we always finish up with prayer. In between, we are creating an environment of fun and energy, where healthy relationships can begin to grow. As your child matures into high school, the senior high youth group (RIOT) wrestles more intentionally with faith-based issues and topics.
Chaos begins in the fall leading into your child’s 6th grade year. Friends are always welcome at all events for youth group. Whenever we host a chaos event that takes place outside of the church property or overnight, a permission slip is required. Parents are asked to fill out a permission slip once a year (prior to the Year-end lock-in in December). This form is good for one year or unless there is a change of address or insurance. Click on the link to download a permission slip. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
You are always welcome to sit in and we encourage (ok, plead) you to help chaperone/drive for chaos activities outside the church. I am always available to talk if ever you need to.
9TH-12TH GRADE YOUTH GROUP
Senior High Youth Group is a time for our kids to slow the pace of life down and hang with their friends in a "safe" environment. The senior high youth group experience varies from the middle school one in that although RIOT does not experience the weekly structure that the middle school group does, there are a wider variety of activities which provide students with the opportunity to connect life experiences on a deeper level. There is more of an emphasis on service and mission with opportunities to grow in faith and give of the gifts God has given.
The high school youth have a tradition of participating in a summer trip in July each year. The trip theme changes on a three year rotation:
Mission Trip Year (2020) – This summer 15 high school youth and adult chaperones travelled to Kentucky to work with the SWAP (Sharing With Appalachian People) program. We worked on housing renovation projects like building wheelchair ramps, roofing, siding, painting and organizing a local food pantry/homeless shelter. We also visited Mammoth Cave National park and other local recreation sites.
National Youth Gathering (2021) - Our larger church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, hosts a convention for high school youth every three years. This year it will be in Houston, TX. We will experience the culture there, perform service work, listen to world renowned speakers and bands, and hang out with 35,000 other high school Lutherans from around the world. Contact Matt Weber, Director of Youth and Family Ministry for more information about the trip.
Adventure Year (2022) – High school youth will travel to a yet undetermined site for this adventure program. The goal of this year’s trip is to help our students grow in their faith, as they learn to grow in community with one another. This trip will challenge you to step out of your comfort zone and into the amazing possibilities that lie in God’s creation.
When the group travels outside of Sun Prairie, a permission slip is needed. Parents are required to update the slip once a year (January 1). Check the weekly announcements and monthly newsletter for more information about our upcoming events and gatherings!