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.

student Night

Wednesdays | 5-8p

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 with food and open gym time.

Meetup Dates: May 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29

• SG Grill 5-6p
• Programming 6-7:30p
• Open Gym 7:30-8p

summer calendar

Senior High Retreat

Thursday, July 18 – Saturday, July 20

We’re super excited to invite all of you and your friends (7-12th grade) to our Summer Student Retreat @ Cranhill Ranch in Rodney MI. This is going to be an amazing weekend away filled with fun, fellowship, spiritual growth and making unforgettable memories!

Register today

Jr High Gathering

Tuesday, July 30-Thursday, August 1

All students entering 6th-8th grade in the Fall and their friends are invited to join us for MESSY MERCY. It will be three days of messy fun, messy friends (old & new), and messy lessons of God working in His creation and our lives.

more info and register

Student Night FAQs

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-hour training that happens each year in the Spring for 6th grade and up.

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 the Spring of year 2. 

Learn More

First Communion/Confirmation Details

Student/Parent Requirements

Students are required to attend the following:

  • The Junior High Retreat each year in October.

  • Three seminars at SG each year in November, January, & March.

  • First Communion Training in March/April.

  • Attend 75% of Worship Services September-May.
  • Three service events of your student’s choice.

Parent Requirements:
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.

Important Dates

Important Dates:

  • Informational Meeting
    September 11.