Welcome to Gloria Dei 7th – 12th Grade Youth and Family Ministry!

We are an active group living our faith in Jesus together! Retreats, intergenerational serving, small groups, summer trips, Grill N Chill hang-outs, and many other ways connect us to God and one another.

Each of these opportunities will also help young people to find context for their faith in Christ, as well as discover their passions and gifts. Together we explore what it means to be baptized in the family of God and live into God’s promises.

Katie LeClair leads our youth ministry programs and can be contacted for questions at 651-699-1378 x3008 or by email.

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  • Intergenerational Service Event on Sunday, November 26 (11/16/2017) - The Sunday after Thanksgiving is a good time to offer our gifts to the world. All ages are invited to participate in the Intergenerational Service Day. Tasks are appropriate for all ages! Take this opportunity to serve others here in our own community. Meet in the Fellowship Hall at 9:30 a.m. Service projects include: 1.Prepare […]
  • Students Describe Their Mission Trip to Savannah, GA July 28-Aug. 6, 2017 (8/11/2017) - Dear Gloria Dei Family, We thank you for your prayers and financial support to make this trip a discipleship experience for all of us. I asked a few of our students to name their favorite memories, but we’ll share the details at the Sunday Forum on Rally Sunday (Sept. 10) too! -Katie LeClair, Director of […]
  • Rally Sunday 2017 (8/2/2017) - Gather with us on Sunday, September 10, as we kick off a new year of programming, Sunday School, and ministries together. We’ll worship together at 8:15 and 10:45 (note fall worship schedule), and meet for Sunday School, GAPP, or forum at 9:30 a.m. * After the second service, we’ll move out for a celebration on […]
  • Reflection on Mission to Kansas City, MO June, 2017 (7/24/2017) - It was 5:00 AM on a Sunday morning. The sun was just starting to come up. 11 sleepy teenagers and their parents gathered in the church parking lot. After a sending prayer and some hugging of parents, we piled into the vans. One long drive later, we arrived in Kansas City, Missouri. We killed some […]
  • My first time at Iglesia Luterana Agustina de Guatemala (ILAG) (4/18/2017) - By Lowell Johnson, 9th Grade I had never heard of ILAG until a couple of months before my spring break journey to Guatemala. I learned it would be our home for the first two and half days, but never knew that such a small place could touch so many lives. Upon our arrival, we were […]
  • Carenna’s Temple Talk from October 16, 2016 (10/20/2016) - Good morning! My name is Carenna Saunders and I’m in tenth grade. Most of you guys already know that there are lots of great things going on here at Gloria Dei. The thing that I’d like to talk about is the youth program. I started coming to Gloria Dei four years ago when my family […]
  • Teen Summer Trips for 2017 Announced! (8/17/2016) - Most of us might not even be fully unpacked from our trip to Niagara Falls and here we are already dreaming of next summer’s legendary adventures. That’s the Jesus’-life! Faith compels us to keep going! Our adventures on the road took us nearly 5,000 driving miles this summer. Sponsors contributed over $15,000 which was nearly […]
  • Teen Summer Journey: With God through Civil Rights Tour Stops (7/14/2016) - By Greta Hanson 10th Grade, Eagan High School On our way home from Knoxville, we tagged on a couple of extra days to see and learn about the Civil Rights movement. The first stop on our Civil Rights tour was Birmingham, where we met a former Freedom Fighter who grew up in Birmingham. She gave […]
  • Teen Summer Journey: With God through Knoxville (7/14/2016) - By Maren Ostrem 8th Grade, Saint Paul Academy Saturday morning, June 25, the team of 26 youth and 8 chaperones for the Knoxville summer mission trip gathered in the Gloria Dei parking lot. The air was full of anticipation. After praying in a big circle and multiple group pictures, we threw our suitcases into the […]
  • Nobody Told Me There Weren’t Going to be Toilet Seats in Mexico (4/21/2016) - During my senior year of college, I was volunteering as a youth leader at my church, where we took a large group of teens to the Yucatan Peninsula for a mission trip. The plan was to spend ten days immersing ourselves in the local culture, doing street outreach in the city, and also visiting various […]