High School Ministry & Confirmation

HSM (High School Ministry) is designed to help teens in 9th – 12th grade experience the grace and love of God and find ways to live out their faith everyday. In other words, we’re learning to live and love like Jesus for a lifetime.

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Stepping Into The Future Together

How can you catch this vision and be looped-in?

  • 10/20 – No HSM Programming–MEA Break
  • 10/24 (Sun) – outdoor movie & bonfire (w/ hot chocolate and hot apple cider), 6:00pm, meet by Door 3/Youth Room
  • 10/27 – NO HSM Programming, FMSC MobilePack shifts (look for signup info…)
  • 10/31 (Sun) – Halloween-themed HSM shift for FMSC MobilePack, 3:00-5:00pm (sign up, details below)

You may find our Vision 1-Pager helpful in wrapping your head around what’s going on.

Here’s the full HSM calendar (subject to change)

More context around the “why” inspiring this adjustment

Here’s a list of FAQ

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Wednesday Worship

Beginning October 6…

  • 5:00 – 6:00pm — gathering time w/ food truck (generously sponsored by community donations)
  • 6:00 – 6:30pm — energetic and engaging cross-generational worship w/ a parent or other caring adult*
  • 6:30 – 7:30pm — middle school learning in Incarnation Hall (6th grade incl.) w/ a parent, high school learning in youth room (**9th grade incl.) for students and adult leaders
  • Done and on your way home by 7:35p

*We feel called to step into a model of ministry which lives into the reality that the family is the primary way we come to understand God and find our place within the community of faith. That being said, teens do not need an adult in order to be with us during this time.

**There are two aspects of the combined Confirmation/MSM/HSM program(s):  expectations of participation in core classes for confirmation, or the youth room fellowship/faith-building time. If 9th graders choose to stay in Incarnation Hall after worship for core class learning, they are expected to do so with an adult. If they choose to go to the Youth Room, there is no expectation to be accompanied by a parent.

Take a few minutes to fill out our Wednesday night worship feedback form

Register for Wednesday nights

Current Opportunities

First Thursday

November 4 — 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. Stop by the North Oaks Caribou for a free small or medium drink! Open to all students, 6-12 grd. We will be sitting to the left of the Caribou door close to Big Dipper Ice Cream to avoid congregating around the entryway.

Feed My Starving Children MobilePack

Our event for FMSC MobilePack on Oct. 31st is scheduled for 3-5pm. Here is some important information to know.

  • This slot is for teens, and will not exclude other members. There are currently 170 open slots.
  • All persons will be screened for COVID symptoms by Feed My Starving Children employees upon arrival and given an orientation in Grace Hall.
  • Regulations from FMSC say that the adult to child ratio is 1:5
  • Halloween theme, but FDA health regulations require that no decorations be placed in Incarnation Hall where packing is taking place. (Decorations will be placed in Grace Hall) Similarly, costumes must be contained as to not contaminate the food. No falling feathers, beads, or glitter. Also facial coverings/masks must still be worn with costumes.
  • Registration for this event will be through signup genius
  • This is a great service opportunity for 9th grade students.

ELCA Youth Gathering in 2022

Every three years, 30,000 high school youth and their adult leaders from across the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America gather for a week of faith formation known as the ELCA Youth Gathering. Through days spent in interactive learning, worship, Bible study, service and fellowship, young people grow in faith and are challenged and inspired to live their faith in their daily lives. Open to grades 8-12. Financial assistance (first come, first served). Contact us if this fits your need. Here’s the quick-points…

  • July 24-28, 2022 (in downtown Minneapolis)
  • open to current grade 8-12
  • interactive learning
  • service learning
  • big gathering
  • financial assistance available

Cost breakdown for 4 nights/5 days: registration fee (early-bird, $350) + 4/5-star hotel ($250) + meals ($100) = $700

Still have questions about what the Youth Gathering is, watch this!

INFO MTG (both in Youth Room, 20 minutes):
Sunday, 11/14, 9:45am
Wednesday, 11/17, 5:30pm

Forms to fill out:
Participant Registration Form – export/save as PDF and return to us (secure your early-bird pricing by paying your $150 nonrefundable downpayment*)
Participant Release Agreement 

*A $150 nonrefundable, per-person deposit is due at time of registration and must be paid within the rate range you expect to pay. Registrations are not considered final until the $150-per-person, nonrefundable deposits have been received by the Gathering. Delaying payment may move you into a higher registration-fee bracket.

Congregational-Wide Service Opportunities
Click here for current Incarnation Service Opportunities.

Meeting Opportunities

High School Ministries will meet in-person in the youth room and online on Wednesday from 6:30-7:30pm. We’ll worship in Incarnation Hall (our awesome multi-purpose space/gym) at 6:00pm. Watch for communication with the details. We’ll post important info here and on our socials. If you aren’t receiving the invitations email Mike.

High School Milestone

Faith Milestones are a series of programs designed to build “Faith in the Family” starting from the time a child is an infant and continuing through their graduation from high school. It is a program that recognizes the incredible impact parents have on the faith life of their children and works to partner with parents on the spiritual formation of their children and to help them live out the promises they made at their child’s baptism.

View the recording from 10-10-21

Download the packet PDF



9-12 grade, visit the event page to register 

All registrations are done through Realm, our Church Management Database. Follow the steps below to register for MSM.

Setting up your account: Everyone who is already a part of Incarnation has a unique profile that contains your information. If you have already activated your account, please skip to the instructions about accessing your account. If you are a guest of Incarnation, you will follow the link to create and activate your account. To activate or create your account go to: www.onrealm.org/IncarnationLuth/Register

Accessing your account: After you have completed the set-up process above, you are now able to access Realm by going to www.onrealm.org/IncarnationLuth.

Scholarship Information

Scholarships are available for all ministry opportunities for those who are in need. Contact the Incarnation Office at 651-484-7213 for more information.

Questions about High School Ministry? Contact Nate Bergengren.