Youth

We offer several ways for youth to grow in their faith and in fellowship with other young believers.

Bible Study:

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.  

Fellowship:

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.

Service:

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.

Off-site Experiences:

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!

For more information on our youth ministry or to get involved, talk to Richard Hielkema, Director of Youth Ministries
email.

Upcoming Events

Jun
10
Mon
Rainbow Trail Lutheran Day Camp @ Cross of Hope
Jun 10 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Cross of Hope partners with Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp to offer a day camp (similar to a VBS program). Kids ages 3 through fifth grade are invited to share in this memorable and fun experience. (Note: preschool age youth dismiss at 11:30 daily.) Older youth are welcome to act as junior counselors and volunteer alongside Rainbow Trail camp counselors. The general camp schedule includes:

  • Sondance – Each day begins with an interactive time to introduce the daily theme through use of scripture, song, drama, puppets, etc.
  • Bible Study – The Bible Study and week’s theme will unfold in small groups.  Bible stories and experiential learning activities are stressed.
  • Music – Music is a fun, daily part of camp sessions.
  • Recreation – Fun, non-competitive, outdoor games appropriate to each age group.
  • Arts and Crafts – The campers make something each day that ties in with the daily theme and provides them an opportunity to bring Day Camp home to their family.  Arts and crafts are generally “from scratch,” and lots of fun for the kids.
  • Devotions/Rest – This is a quiet time to review what was learned during the day.  Counselors may use picture drawing, journal writing, or stories to help in this time for reflection.
  • Lunch – Each day children bring a sack lunch for the noon meal.
  • Special Activities – Fun activities such as a talent show and water day add to the week’s excitement.
  • Closing – This is a wrap up of the day filled with more singing and fun.  It’s a great way to review the theme of the day and send kids home excited about what they’ve learned.

Register your child or volunteer!

Jun
11
Tue
Rainbow Trail Lutheran Day Camp @ Cross of Hope
Jun 11 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Cross of Hope partners with Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp to offer a day camp (similar to a VBS program). Kids ages 3 through fifth grade are invited to share in this memorable and fun experience. (Note: preschool age youth dismiss at 11:30 daily.) Older youth are welcome to act as junior counselors and volunteer alongside Rainbow Trail camp counselors. The general camp schedule includes:

  • Sondance – Each day begins with an interactive time to introduce the daily theme through use of scripture, song, drama, puppets, etc.
  • Bible Study – The Bible Study and week’s theme will unfold in small groups.  Bible stories and experiential learning activities are stressed.
  • Music – Music is a fun, daily part of camp sessions.
  • Recreation – Fun, non-competitive, outdoor games appropriate to each age group.
  • Arts and Crafts – The campers make something each day that ties in with the daily theme and provides them an opportunity to bring Day Camp home to their family.  Arts and crafts are generally “from scratch,” and lots of fun for the kids.
  • Devotions/Rest – This is a quiet time to review what was learned during the day.  Counselors may use picture drawing, journal writing, or stories to help in this time for reflection.
  • Lunch – Each day children bring a sack lunch for the noon meal.
  • Special Activities – Fun activities such as a talent show and water day add to the week’s excitement.
  • Closing – This is a wrap up of the day filled with more singing and fun.  It’s a great way to review the theme of the day and send kids home excited about what they’ve learned.

Register your child or volunteer!