Youth Ministry

Inspiring joyful faith; Building a loving community; Serving Neighbors Near and Far

Good Sam’s youth programs provide an all welcoming, safe place for middle & high school students to gather, explore their faith, ask questions, form friendships and serve the community.



Youth Sunday School

Sundays, 10:15am

Sunday School – following Children’s Time in Worship

    • Youth— Can stay with family in the service, help in the nursery or with Sunday School
    • This Sunday, 2/25: “Jesus at the River”

Confirmation Class 2024

  • A retreat is scheduled for April 19 to 21 2024 at the St. Croix YMCA Camp.

3rd Annual Intergenerational Ukrainian Egg Day March 16! 2:00 to 5030pm Fellowship Hall Egg decorating for the whole family. Bring a friend.

Parent Book Study– The Emotional Lives of Teenagers by Lisa Damour. Sundays, April 14 and 28, 11:15 am to Noon. This is a great book that Jan read and wants to share with you. The first session will cover chapters 1 to 3 and the second session will cover chapters 5 and 6. Dr. Damour dives deep into the changing emotional landscape of kids growing into their teen emotions. She offers great tools for both parents and their kids. Click here to sign up!

Additional ASP Info Night Scheduled! We will have an ASP Mission Trip informational meeting at church on Sunday, February 25, at 7:00 p.m. The cost of the trip will be $500 per person and we have scholarships available. Go to for more information on our Good Samaritan ASP webpage.

Parent Check-In: Jan is still calling families! She is looking forward to speaking with you. It will be a short 10 to 15-minute conversation. Thanks for your insight!

Palm Parade: Sunday, March 24, at 9:45am. Meet in the Fireside Room if you would like to be in the parade.

Planning ahead! 

    • Vacation Bible School – June 24-28, 2024
    • Adaptive Bible Camp July 29 – August 1 2024

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Appalachia Service Project (ASP)

Making Homes Warmer, Safer, Drier, Transforming Lives

2024 will mark Good Samaritan’s 43rd year of participation in ASP. The need in the Appalachia area has not diminished and neither has our commitment to serving the wonderful people in that area.

According to the ASP website, “each year, more than 15,000 volunteers serve with ASP, providing critical repairs for more than 350 families.” Projects can include roofing, flooring, shoring up foundations, digging drainage ditches, making rooms or homes wheel-chair accessible, or other projects that help make homes warmer, safer, and drier. In addition to building and improving homes, ASP is also a relational ministry for both the families we serve as well as those serving.

This ministry is about lifting the spirits of Appalachian families and reminding them that God’s love knows no boundaries. In the process of putting your faith in action, God acts in your heart. And when you change the lives of others, they have a way of changing you.

All students who have completed the 8th grade or higher are invited to serve with families in Central Appalachia. Students who are not members of or otherwise affiliated with Good Samaritan church are also invited to participate in the ASP trip. Bring a friend.

For more information contact Amy Manolis at AMANOLIS@MAC.COM or  Jan Russell at JAN@GOOD.ORG.

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Confirmation: 9th Grade

Confirmation Class 2024

  • Historically Confirmation was for students in 9th grade. We are now going to open it up to anyone 8th grade and older. When a student enters 8th grade they will be eligible to register for Confirmation, and they will remain eligible all the way through High school. This way you can choose when the right time for your family is to participate in Confirmation. Maybe that means waiting in order to allow siblings to attend together, maybe that means waiting for an academic year that is less demanding, maybe your student isn’t interested as an 8th grader but will become interested as they get older. Whatever the case may be, we want to make this program more accessible! Jan will be calling families this week to check in. If you know of a family that would be interested in this program, let Jan know!

Click on the links to download our sign up and health forms or to learn more about our youth programs:

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