Messiah Munchkins (Elementary age and younger): Outside of Sunday school, programs and retreats for our younger members continue throughout the year, including offerings by area congregations and the Virginia Synod. (See the complete list below.) In addition during each Sunday’s worship, Pastor Lou invites all children to join him up front for a brief message about the reading for the day (and some fun). Following the message, they are then invited to participate in Gospel Fun Time, a short activity led by a lay members of our faith community, echoing the lesson through hands on, interactive experiences. The activity is held in a classroom or our fellowship hall. Children return to the sanctuary in time for communion. Children may remain with parents if they prefer. Here’s a sample children’s sermon from Christmas Eve together (2015).
Fusion Youth Group (Jr/Sr High): Messiah Lutheran and our partner congregation, All Souls Episcopal, seek to cooperate in youth ministry. During the school year, meetings are generally held two Sundays per month at 4:30 pm at All Soul’s Atlee House (9077 Atlee Rd.). Check our bulletin, news letter, and calendar to learn more. You may also contact Glenda Schroeder, Messiah’s volunteer youth leader through our office, or Andy Crane and Greg Haynes at All Souls Episcopal. Stay tuned for our fall 2016 meeting dates!
Dates for Winter/Spring 2017 (meet at 9077 Atlee Rd.):
January 15 – regular meeting
January 29 – regular meeting
February 12 – Going to Three Lakes Park! (wear comfortable clothes)
February 26 – regular meeting
March 12-Going to the movie “The Shack” time TBD.
March 19 – regular meeting
April 2 – regular meeting
April 23 – regular meeting
May 7 – regular meeting
May 21 – – regular meeting
June 11 – regular meeting (last day until fall)
Messiah is also a member of RALY (Richmond Area Lutheran Youth) offering fellowship and servant-learning events throughout the school year. Stay tuned for information on their fall hayride!
Messiah youth remains active in the many youth events in the Virginia Synod including the National Youth Gathering every three years. See the Virginia Synod’s youth page for more details and applications.
National Youth Gathering 2018
Messiah Lutheran & All Souls Episcopal Youth will be attending the next National Youth Gathering in Houston. The last meeting in Detroit had over 35,000 youth participating in worship, service, fun activities and fellowship.