Youth and Family Ministries

Children│Preschool – 5th Grade

Scripture First Classes

Scripture First meets at 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. on Sundays and from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Children from three-years old through fifth grade are invited.  

Wednesday evening Scripture First classes will resume on April 11th. For the Lent season we encourage families to attend Wednesday evening Lenten services together. All children are always welcome to attend Scripture First on Sunday morning at 9:30.

Milestone Minute 5th graders First Communion classes  will continue to meet every Wednesday throughout Lent at 5:30 p.m.. This is an important activity for parents and children to do together. Childcare is available for younger siblings if needed. Contact Heather Smith at to make arrangements.

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the Friendship Room. Contact FLC member, Katie Bossman, 201-5718 for more information.

Middle School│6th – 8th Grade

Confirmation classes do not meet during Lent, however, all confirmation youth are expected to attend Lenten Worship service at 6:30 p.m. Sign in at the Welcome Center desk and fill out a worship reflection. 

Confirmation Worship Reflections! You can fill it out ON LINE! Use your phones and go to and find it in the Youth & Family section.

 Scripture First for Middle School & High School Youth meets Sundays in Manos de Cristo from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Yummy treats will always be served! Learn the Scripture. Hear the Bible. Share the Scriptures.

High School│9th – 12th Grade

  • Youth Group – Wednesdays @ 7:30 – 9 p.m. 
  • Youth Praise Band, Wednesdays @ 5:45-6:30 p.m.
  • Bible Studies -  Thursdays @ 6:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Caribou Coffee at 2300 Minnesota Ave. Bring your Bible. 


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2018 National Youth Gathering
Houston, Texas will be June 25 to July 1

Over 30,000 Lutherans will gather in Houston next summer for the ELCA National Youth Gathering. Although it seems far away, First Lutheran Church is already signing up for the youth gathering. Over 20 students are on the list to go, but we have plenty more room for others.

From June 25 through July 2, First Lutheran youth and adult leaders will be riding a bus down to Houston, TX, for a week of spiritual formation, service, worship and interactive learning. We’ll hear some amazing speakers, check out the great food of Houston and give back to the community in the massive way only such a gathering of people can.

Having registration this early allows for FLC youth to save money with early-bird registration and begin their fundraising early. The total cost is $1000 for the trip, with significant portions of that covered by individual and general fundraising.

To learn more about the Youth Gathering, talk to Elias Youngquist, Youth Minister, in the Youth and Family Ministry office. This is an amazing experience and we would hate for anyone to miss out on it!

Click for camp information and to
Register for
2018 Summer Camps.

These are the options for your children to attend camp with First Lutheran staff and other First Lutheran campers. First Lutheran staff will transport campers and be there with them for the week. Camping is a significant faith experience for many children and families. We encourage you to take a look and make church camp a priority for your family this summer.

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Youth & Family Staff

Marnie Dahle Backer
Director of Youth & Family Ministry
(605) 339-1983 ext. 204

Elias Youngquist
Youth Minister
(605) 339-1983 ext. 235

Heather Smith
Children’s Minister
(605) 339-1983 ext. 238

Kristy Zuraff
Youth & Family Administrative Assistant
(605) 339-1983 ext. 228

Nursery Staff
Gayle Johnson
Annel Jolo
Irma Rodriguez Leon
Kris Stark
Samantha Stark

Liability/Medical Release Form

All youth (members and non members) need to complete a liability/medical release form to participate in any off-site activities.