High School Ministry

(9th-12th Grade)


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Special Events


Discovering the Leader in Me (9th-12th grade boys)

Wednesdays | 7:30-9 PM | January 16, 23, February 6 & 13

All High school boys, with or without leadership experience, are invited! Whether you are an introvert or extrovert, Pam Johnston will take you on a 4-week journey where you will learn what a leader is and isn't, examine important leadership characteristics, help you discover if you are a follower, a leader, or both; and give you tools to develop your own leadership skill all in the context of what it means to have faith and be a leader.

Pam Johnston is a Word of Peace Member, leadership expert, confirmation guide, and youth sports coach. She has spent her life leading, coaching, and teaching.

Space is LIMITED, sign up on the Youth board.

Questions? Contact Christina Verbick at cverbick@wordofpeace.org or (763) 496-2430.


Ultimate Lock-In (9th-12th grade helpers)

Friday, February 1 @ 10 PM (arrive at MGCC by 9:15 pm) - Saturday, February 2 @ 5:30 AM

Ultimate Lock-in at the Maple Grove Community Center is massive fun. About 600+ youth from 15 churches all around the area have a great time with the pool, ice skating arena, teen center, great music, inflatable games, gaga ball, nine square, trivia games, dodgeball tourney, dance, movies, food, and much more! Can't stay all night? There is an option to arrive late or leave early.

The event is held at the Maple Grove Community Center.

DO NOT come to Word of Peace! Parents must come into the community center to check-in and check-out their student.

Registration opens December 5 - Sign up on Youth Board

  • Early Bird: $5/student (now-January 23)
  • $10/student (starting January 24)
  • Payment and BOTH forms (Health/Info form AND special Lock In Event Permission form) due no later than Wednesday, January 30.
Things to bring:
  • A good attitude
  • Eager to help
  • One bag for your swimsuit, towel, and ice skates if you are bringing them
Things not to bring:
  • iPods, electronic devices, sleeping bags
  • Food or energy drinks
  • Anything that goes BOOM!!
  • Anything that you can get arrested for having in your possession!!


High School Summer Mission Trip - Denver, Colorado (FULL)

July 14-19, 2019 plus travel days

We will partner with Serve Boldly for a week of service learning in Denver, Colorado. Youth will have the opportunity to accompany and serve their neighbor while deepening and understanding of God's presence in their lives. 

Questions? Contact Christina Verbick at cverbick@wordofpeace.org or (763) 496-2430.


High School Leadership Training

Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 PM | February 6, April 24

Join together with your peers to learn or enhance your leadership skills. Confirmation junior guides, church school teachers and helpers are strongly encouraged to attend.

For more information, contact Christina Verbick at (763) 496-2430.

Ongoing Events


High School Youth Group

2nd & 4th Sundays of each month | 6:30-8 PM

High schoolers! Gather for some fun, fellowship, conversation, snacks, games, Bible study, and service projects. Each time will be different!

Dec. 23 - No youth group - Christmas Break  

Jan. 13 - No youth group - Affirmation of Baptism (Confirmation) weekend

Leadership Opportunities

Vacation Bible School Volunteer

High school students are encouraged to serve as leaders for our Vacation Bible School program with children aged 3 through 5th grade. Spend a week at Word of Peace leading games, activities, and learning opportunities! 2018 VBS dates are June 18-22. 

Summer Stretch Leader

High school students are encouraged to serve as leaders for our Summer Stretch program, which runs weekly on Wednesdays during the summer.  

Church School Teacher

A church school teacher serves as a leader, mentor and friend to a class of church school children. Typically, each class of students has a pair of teachers who share teaching responsibilities throughout the year. Invite a friend to co-teach with you! 

Confirmation Junior Guide

High school students at Word of Peace can serve as Junior Guides in Confirmation small groups. Each small group has an adult guide and a Junior Guide that lead conversation and facilitate discussion during small group time on Wednesday evenings during the school year. Junior Guides participate in servant and fellowship events with their small groups and attend periodic leadership training sessions throughout the year. 


For more information about any of these opportunities to serve, please contact Christina Verbick.

Event Permission and Health and Information Forms

For safety reasons, a health and information form and event permission form must be completed and signed by a parent or guardian for all off-site church related youth activities (day trips as well as overnight events).

  • The  Event Permission Form  must be submitted to the Youth Ministry Office for every youth event.
  • The Health and Information Form must be submitted annually to the Youth Ministry Office, where it will be kept on file for the year. 


Christina Verbick

Christina Verbick
Director of Youth Ministry

(763) 496-2430 | Email Christina