Your place to belong
Teens need to have a place to belong. We have teenage social groups for your students to grow in their faith, build relationships, and connect with God.
We designed our Students program for Junior High & High School Students (7th-12th grade) to do just that. Check out the ways you can keep your Students connected.
Wednesdays | 6-8p
If your teen wants to have fun and expand their faith, we have the answer—Student Night. Teens engage in youth-led worship, relevant teaching, and spend time hanging out with friends.
December Meetup Dates: 6, 13 (Christmas Party)
senior high retreat
All students 9th-12th grade and friends are invited to join us at Springhill Camp in Evert, MI. Have a blast this weekend while you figure out what it looks likes to grow closer to Christ AND your community.
What happens at Student Night?
We start our time together hanging out and playing games, then we move into the worship center for student-led worship and a message. After that, we break off into age-appropriate small groups where students can connect with one another and discuss the topic of the week.
Can my student bring a friend?
Absolutely! We love to see students bring their friends and we encourage it.
What if my student doesn't know anyone?
If you don’t know any other student then that is all the more reason to come. You can also have your student bring a friend if that makes them feel more comfortable.
What are small groups like?
Small groups are mostly separated by age and gender. In these groups, students will be able to build relationships with other students and leaders while sharing about themselves and discuss the lesson from that night.
first communion & confirmation program
Your Student’s Next Faith Steps
First Communion and Confirmation (FCC) are two important stepping stones in your Student’s faith walk. During this program, your student will expand their connection with God and learn to own their faith.
First Communion is a 2-day training that happens each year in February for 6th grade and up. (If you are already enrolled in the first communion/confirmation program, you do not need to register for this.)
Confirmation is a 2-year program that students can begin in 7th grade. The program consists of three seminars and a retreat each year. Students are confirmed in October after year 2.
Sign up for the program or learn more today.
First Communion/Confirmation Details
Students are required to attend the following:
The Junior High Retreat
October 13-15, 2023 at Camp Arcadia
Three seminars at SG
November 11, 2023, January 20, 2024 & March 2, 2024 (9:30a-12p)
First Communion Training
Sunday, April 21, 2024 ( 12-2p).
Lunch will be provided.
At Shepherd’s Gate, we encourage and equip you—the parents—to be the primary faith developer in your student’s life. Therefore, parents are required to attend the seminars/training with their students so they can partner together to help their student’s faith grow.
Sunday, August 6 (11a-12p)
Confirmation Dinner Testimony/Blessing
Saturday, October 28, 2023 (6p-8p)
Sunday, October 29, 2023 (10:30a)