Youth Group



Fall/Winter Current Events - 2017

October 1, 2017 

Theme - Build a Community within a group, you are not alone! We will have team building activities and we will plan for Trunk or Treat.

Meal – Tacos and Nachos.

October 21, 2017

Theme Richardson’s Adventure Farm, “108 Years in the Making for a World Championship!!” Corn Maze.

Event Details – This is an all church event.  We will have a fire pit and 4 tables reserved for our church from 6:00pm-10:00pm.  The cost will be $20 for ages 14 years and older, $15 for ages 4-12 years, 3 years and under are free.  The fee will be due to the church office or Jenny LaRose no later than Sunday, October 14.  On the day of the event you will need to meet Jenny LaRose at the entrance gate of Richardson’s to receive your wristbands from 5:45pm – 6:15pm.  Bring a dish to pass or a snack to share and please bring your own beverages.

Meal – Snacks and treats to share.

October 29, 2017

ThemeTrunk or Treat!  Our High School Youth Group will coordinate this event.

Meal – Pizza for all High School helpers.

November 3-5, 2017

ThemeHigh School Lutherdale Retreat (We will attend as long as we can get adult chaperones.  If you know anyone that can help make this happen please let me know.) 

Event Details – This event is from Friday night until Sunday morning.  Please see registration form and handouts for more details.

Meal – Meals will be provided for all Saturday meals and Sunday morning.

November 19, 2017

ThemeWe are blessed!  We will be “building” Blessing Bags for the Thanksgiving meals that our church sends out.  We will also plan activities for the 2018 meetings.

Meal – Subway, build your own sub.

December 3, 2017

ThemeJust Dance Night!  “We will be just dancing the night away.” And Faith building activities.

Meal – “Wake up your faith.” Breakfast for dinner.

December 17, 2017

ThemeHigh School Finals Study get together!

MealChicken Nuggets “Fill your nugget with wisdom.”

The 2018 calendar will come out after the November 19 meeting.  We are looking forward to events like the Epiphany Party and the High School Lock-In.

Our Youth Group Ministries focuses on the following principles:  

  1. Spiritual – We foster spiritual growth through the teachings of Jesus Christ as interpreted by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA). 
  2. Scholastic – We study the Bible and seek to apply spiritual truths to everyday living in a manner and at a level appropriate to the age and maturity level of participants.
  3. Service – We work on projects that provide service to church, family and community to emphasize the Christian principle of living the faith by serving others.
  4. Social – We organize age appropriate social opportunities throughout the year at the church and elsewhere to foster friendship, fellowship and outreach.

The goal of our youth group is to teach, support and mentor participants as they begin their faith journey, seek to apply spiritual truths to everyday living, to form lifelong Christian habits and to build Christian character.  We accomplish these goals by presenting Biblical lessons, discussing spiritual issues in the context of the society in which we live, and engaging in team-building exercises, social activities and service projects at a level appropriate to the age and maturity level of each youth group.  The leaders strive to create a positive spiritual and social environment at the church and within the youth group between and among the participants, leaders and community.  Finally, the leaders approach their responsibility of humbly, cheerfully, and with a spirit that is thankful for the opportunity to assist in the spiritual growth of the next generation of Christians.

Youth Group is a fun time where children learn and apply Christian values in a variety of activities on Monday nights and during service and social projects throughout the year.

We welcome everyone who is interested in participating, regardless of whether they or their families are members of Shepherd of the Hills.






404 N. Green Street

McHenry, IL 60050




Traditional Services
Saturday 4:30 p.m.

Sunday 8:00 a.m.

Sunday 9:15 a.m.

Contemporary Service
Sunday 10:45 a.m. 



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