F.L.Y. Club

Starts September 13th after school!

FLY Club is an afterschool program on Wednesdays from 3-5:00. This is for Children in Kindergarten to 12th grade.  The ministry incorporates the Word of God, intergenerational friendships, and helps develop a resilient identity in Christ by providing an honest, warm, open space for youth to challenge their faith. We will work through Answers in Genesis curriculum. 

2:45-3:15 Snack

3:15-4:15 Christian Education (Answers in Genesis or Confirmation)

4:15-5:00 Youth Group

Youth Group will consist of large and small group activities. Play games, go outside (weather permitting), craft, service project if any, and on the last Wednesday of the month celebrate the monthly birthdays. 

We are looking forward to this new ministry after school and we can't wait to see what God has planned for us. 


Busing: First Lutheran is an afterschool drop off location. 

Walking: Children can walk to the church after school from the Middle School. If they currently ride the bus, have them ride to the Middle School and walk from there. It is 6 blocks to First Lutheran from the Middle School. 

Ride: You may choose to bring your child to First Lutheran, ride share with a friend.

If these choices do not work for you, please reach out so we can try to accommodate your needs. 

October 8th Family Event 

Cowhorn Crossing Pumpkin Patch and a visit to the Hanson's Farm

Sign up in the three-ring binder. Rides may be available. Free for the children and $7 for adults. Lunch is provided after the second service. After we eat we will head over to Todd and Ricci Hanson's to see their beautiful goats and chickens. Then head over to Cowhorn Crossing Pumpkin Patch. Pickup will be at Cowhorn. 


Family Camp 

 July 16th through the 19th, 2023

Camp Fire Minnesota Camp Bluewater 37508 Bluewater Road Grand Rapids, MN

Since 2018 we have taken the youth to Lutheran Island Camp or Camp Fire Camp Bluewater for a fun week of being in God's word. This week is about building relationships with each other and growing closer to God and knowing that Jesus died on the cross for each and everyone of us. This years theme is Armor of God. Life is complicated and difficult. With the Armor of God He shows us how we can be prepared for anything that comes our way.  

 Families are encouraged to participate together, but we understand that most have to work so as long as the child can stay overnight without incident, they are welcome to attend family camp. They are welcomed to come out just for the day too. See the sample schedule below. 

We are adding in a component just for parents. On Sunday evening at drop off we would like you to stay and participate for a few hours. Pickup this year will be after the picnic on Wednesday evening. Again we are asking parents to stay and participate that night too. More details of what to expect will come out soon. Registration forms can be found online at flcgr.org/youth Cost is covered this year, thanks to the garage sale, donations and the Weibe grant! 

Registration Form


Sample Schedule:

7:00 Wake up with Lakeside prayer and jump in the lake

7:45 Breakfast and cleanup

9:00 Lesson/ craft

11:00 Yard games

12:00 Lunch. cleanup, downtime

2:00 Swimming/fishing/water activities

6:00 Dinner, cleanup

7:00 Fire snack and songs

10:00 Lights Out


Congregation Picnic Wednesday, July 19th at 5:00

Fireside/Lakeside Devotion by Pastor Lovejoy at 6:00. 


Vacation Bible Camp  August 9th, 2023

Held on the Wednesday after Tall Timber Days in August

Thank you to those that have already signed up to volunteer!


Grab your armor and your trusty steed and get ready for a merry time as we travel back to the time of castles and dragons! Kings, queens, knights, jesters—all are welcome to attend! At VBS, we’ll fill your tummy with fine victuals as you learn how to put on the armor of God! Keepers of the Kingdom will be an adventure filled with excitement, so contact us today!

Grab your helmets! Mount your trusty steeds! There’s adventure around every turn at Keepers of the Kingdom, where kids are equipped to stand strong in the battle for truth. Excitement galore awaits as you learn what the Bible teaches about the kingdom of light and the kingdom of darkness.

At Vacation Bible Camp children will learn that Putting on Whole Armor of God will keep us protected against the evil of this world. Your child will learn that each part of the Armor has a meaning and use to help them stand firm in the foundations of God's Word. 

Vacation Bible Camp is FREE and for anyone ages 3-11 in our community. 

lesson 1- We’re in a battle between two kingdoms—God’s good kingdom that is based on truth and the enemy’s bad kingdom that is based on lies.

lesson 2- Each child of the King needs to fasten on the belt of truth.

lesson 3- Put on the breastplate of righteousness and the shoes of peace.

lesson 4- Take the shield of faith and the helmet of salvation. These will guard you from the enemy’s attacks.

Lesson 5- Take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, and pray at all times.


Register Today!

Youth Gathering


2022 Youth Gathering will be July 9-13, 2022 in Houston, Texas.

 Guiding Principles

  • Youth Gatherings proclaim the Lordship of Jesus Christ and God’s saving grace to His people through Christ. In this setting, young people grow in their personal relationship with God and grow in their fellowship of Word and Sacrament in Christ’s Church.
  • Youth Gatherings are a vehicle by which the Church reaches out to, cares for and affirms young people, both churched and unchurched.
  • Youth Gatherings equip youth and adults for ministry and vocational service in a variety of settings in their congregations, communities, and world.
  • Youth Gatherings affirm, equip, and support adults who work with young people.
  • Youth Gatherings celebrate the meaning of Christian joy in all of life’s situations, including transitions and crisis.
  • Youth Gatherings recognize and affirm the diversity of God’s people
  • Youth Gatherings affirm, support, and promote the ministry of LCMS Districts and congregations.

Frequently Asked Questions