YOUTH, middle/high school kids

Youth @ NLC

This is a place where you can grow in relationship to God and others. This is a community where you can bring friends and make new ones. This is a place that values the gifts, talents, vitality, and passion that Junior and Senior High kids bring. Join us to learn, grow, love, and serve in Jesus Christ.



Summer 2018 Youth Trips!

A $150 deposit will be due at the time of registration. Scholarships are available and fundraisers will happen throughout the school year. Final payments are due in March. 


National Youth Gathering

We’re so excited that it is a ELCA National Youth Gathering year! Every three years, 30,000 high school youth and their adult leaders gather for a week of faith formation known as the ELCA Youth Gathering. Through days spent in interactive learning, worship, Bible study, service and fellowship, young people grow in faith and are challenged and inspired to live their faith in their daily lives. This year, the ELCA Youth Gathering will take place in Houston, Texas. The theme of the 2018 gathering is This Changes Everything based on Ephesians 2:8, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.”Read more about the theme and the plans ahead for the Youth Gathering at There are 20 spots available for this incredible experience, so sign up quickly to reserve a spot!

Where:  Houston, Texas
When:  June 25 - July 1, 2018
Who:  Students who have completed grades 8-12 by Summer 2018

Cost:  $450
The sign-up deadline for this trip has passed.  Please contact Maggie Jones at 952.929.1697 for information on possible openings.

About Houston:

Some might know it as Beyoncé’s hometown, others as the world hub of the energy industry, some for its prominence as the flight control center for all of NASA’s manned space missions, but we know it best as the host city for the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering! We also know Houston to be a diverse, multicultural metropolis with thriving performing arts and culinary scenes, over 55,000 acres of green space, large and growing international community, and so much more.


Adventure Trip to The Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA)

NLC is going back to the BWCA! We're happy to announce that we will be returning to Wilderness Canoe base for another week of adventure in the beautiful Boundary Waters Canoe Area. This year's trip will be a one-week combination service and adventure trip for all youth who have completed grades 9-12 by Summer 2018.  This trip offers a truly unmatched experience in one of the most unique, beautiful and untouched wilderness areas in the entire world and a treasure of Minnesota.  It will feature 1-2 nights and days spent in service and fun in and around Wilderness Canoe Base followed by 3-4 days and nights camping and canoeing in the BWCA. To see photos of our trip in Summer 2016, check out our Facebook Photo Album (link: For more information about the BWCA, check out and for more information about Wilderness Canoe Base, check out There are a total of 21 spots reserved for this amazing and unforgettable trip, so you will want to make sure to sign up quickly. The cost of the trip will cover all travel, lodging, food, rental of all gear, and guides for the trip.

Where:  Wilderness Canoe Base, Grand Marais, MN
When:  July 23-29, 2018
Who:  Students who have completed grades 9-12 by Summer 2018

Cost:  $425
Sign-up deadline: Wednesday, December 6, 2017

An informational meeting about the Boundary Waters Trip is scheduled for Tuesday, November 14 from 7:00-8:00pm. Come if you're already signed up or if you're interested in learning more about this trip!


Our Programs

In middle school?

Join Confirmation 

In high school?

Check out High School Hangout

Looking for something fun on Sunday mornings?

Join us for Donuts & Devotions 

Interested in music and gathering with your friends?

Check out Youth Choir 

Are you a dancer who wants to share your gift during worship?

Check out Liturgical Dance

Ready to serve?

Be a Reading Buddy. Serve as an acolyte.

Questions? Wondering about finding the right place for you? We’d love to help! Please contact Maggie Jones at / 952.929.1697 x369.

NLC Youth in Action

NLC Youth participate in programming throughout the school year and grow together in faith with fun events and trips over the summer months.

Summer 2017

NLC Youth headed to the Washington, D.C., Montana, and more. Check out normluthyouth on Facebook to see all the different NLC Youth adventures! 

What is NLC Youth About?

My Favorite Place to Be... My Sanctuary

By Annika Henry

I have been going to NLC my whole life. I'm grateful for the times my parents would make me go to church because "they said so” for so many reasons…

First off, I met my best friend here in Cherub Choir. We didn't go to the same school up until high school, so church was our main connecting point. I can't imagine not being her friend, not being a dynamic duo, and not having shared countless experiences that would later become the foundation of my identity. Whether or not we're in church, Lindsay and I prefer to be addressed as "LANNIKA." I have grown with her throughout the years – like literally grown with her. We were the same height until we were 15 and I grew an inch and she did not. 

The first time I started appreciating church was when I was in Confirmation, playing guitar with our former youth director, Steve. I'm actually terrified by crowds and being anywhere near the center of attention, but when I'm in church my anxiety is dulled and I feel so much better afterward. Once when I was in a hospital, I would play “Sanctuary” on my guitar every night to end the day on a positive note. My roommate, who was atheist, loved the song and she would sing along at night before we would go to bed. She didn't care that it was a religious song, it made her happy and she saw how it helped me. 

Going to Youth Group every Wednesday became the highlight of my week. It's how I met Betsy Narr, probably the coolest person I know who still uses the slang term "rad." I'm not great at describing feelings, but it sort of feels like I'm Anakin Skywalker (pre-burning in lava and becoming Darth Vader) and she's Obi-Wan Kenobi. And when Maggie Jones got here I wasn't sure about my opinion of her. But then I got a fish for the Fishbowl (aka the Youth Room) and she just went with it, so I knew we were going to get along just fine. While being involved with Normandale Youth, I have also learned that I'm actually a good person that makes people happy, as well as that somewhat of a leader. Score.

The Normandale Youth is the safest, warmest, and most accepting community I have ever belonged to – a community in which I actually feel like I belong. Through my worst to my best moments, this community has supported me. Quite frankly, I wouldn't be alive today without this peculiar group of individuals, showing me I'm never alone. Thinking back on the nights when I argued with my parents about not going to church, I wish I could go back and tell myself that in a few years, it would become my favorite place to be. My sanctuary. 


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