We offer several ways for youth to grow in their faith and in fellowship with other young believers.
Meeting every Sunday and Wednesday, classes are grouped by age: Kindergarten-5th grade, 6th-8th grade, and 9th-12th grade. Our mid-high (6th-8th) ministry also provides faith formation commonly called Confirmation. This prepares young folks to affirm their Baptism in worship.
At least one time each month, our mid-high and senior high youth join together with other Lutheran youth in Albuquerque for “Sunday Funday,” where they do such fun activities as bowling, hiking, dinners out, and more.
Youth are invited to participate in worship on Sundays and Wednesdays by serving as an acolyte, usher, assisting minister, and as part of our musical teams. Youth also serve as volunteers and counselors in our summer Vacation Bible School programs as well as other service opportunities throughout the year.
Our mid-high and senior high youth travel across New Mexico and in other areas of the country through several opportunities that offer highly memorable and meaningful faith experiences. Examples of these include:
- Camp – Each year, several of our mid-high and senior high youth travel to Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp (Colorado) or Rainbow Trail South (Cloudcroft, NM) for spiritual growth, leadership development, and traditional camp fun such as hiking, arts and crafts, and rafting.
- ELCA National Youth Gathering – Held every three years, this gathering attracts thousands of Lutheran youth from across the country. Our youth will travel to Minneapolis in the summer of 2021.
- Amazing Race – Each year, Cross of Hope joins youth from around New Mexico and Texas to replicate the reality TV show by answering clues, doing physical and mental challenges, serving those in need, and having a great time racing to finish the set of roadblocks and obstacles!