High School Ministry (Grades 9-12)

Opportunities for high school youth to grow in faith, build friendships, develop leadership skills, and serve the community. Check out the many different opportunities for kids in Grades 9-12.

High School Ministry Calendar 2019-20


Weekly and Monthly Opportunities

Wednesday Night Alive 

Wednesdays, 2:45-7 p.m. in the Youth and Sports Center

Children and youth are invited to our afternoon drop-in program with open gym, games, movies, and pizza and snack sales. Come after school or prior to evening programming (such as Confirmation or youth choirs). High school youth are welcome to hangout and get to know our youth ministry staff, pastors, and volunteers in a safe, fun environment.

Full program details and schedule PDF

Worship Band

Register Online

High school youth of all musical talents are welcome to join in worshiping God through music. Come and learn how to play, sing, and dance! The band also shares music during a number of children and youth events through the year.

Peer Ministry Monthly

Sundays, 12-1:30 p.m. in the Youth and Sports Center

Nov. 17, and Dec. 8

Peer Ministry Monthly gathers trained peer ministers for a time to check in, practice leadership skills, continue learning, and share a meal (lunch is provided). Connect with others to discuss how peer ministry is working in your daily life and how to be more intentional in having meaningful conversations with peers. All are welcome — including 9th graders interested in peer ministry. Let’s learn, laugh, and eat good food!

Special Events

MEA Getaway

Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 18-21 at Castaway Camp; Cost: $250

Limited space remaining, register as soon as possible! Register online

It’s camp lived large! High school youth travel by van and join dozens of other youth at beautiful Castaway Camp on Pelican Lake near Detroit Lakes, MN. It’s a four-day getaway to laugh, play, hangout with friends, and re-center your faith. Each night includes inspirational music, hilarious skits, and a message from the featured speaker, Jodi Houge. Pastor Jodi is the innovative leader of Humble Walk, a wonderful ELCA congregation in Minneapolis. For information, contact Per Nestingen at 651.762.9130 or pnestingen@saintandrews.org. 


Peer Ministry Training

Friday, Nov. 22 through Sunday, Nov. 24 at Camp Wapo; Cost: $135

Register Online

Unleash the leader inside you! To all those not yet trained in peer ministry (a special welcome to our new 9th graders!), we would love to get you trained as a peer minister. Becoming a peer minister reframes your mindset in high school toward helping others and recognizing peers in emotional or spiritual pain, gives you skills that aids in all social situations, turns you toward the hurting in the world to incite healing, and comes with perks like invites and discounts to many retreats and camps, as well as the ability to become a Confirmation small group leader. Financial assistance is available. For more information, contact Per Nestingen at 651.762.9130 or pnestingen@sainandrews.org

High School Music Opportunities

St. Andrew’s offers a variety of options for children and youth (Grades K-12) to be involved in vocal and instrumental music groups. For details and registration for choirs, please visit the children’s and youth music page.

Family Ministry

Family events provide an opportunity to connect with others, meet new people, and deepen relationships within our wider church family. Events are designed for a number of interests and ages. Learn more on our Family Ministry page.

We also provide learning opportunities for parents/guardians (and any adults who care for the youth in our community), with topics focused on issues and concerns relevant to today’s families. Learn more on our Parent Education page.

Community Partners

Boy Scout Troop 89

Boy Scouts is open to boys ages 11 (fifth grade) through 18. Interested youth and their parents are invited to stop by anytime to learn more about Boy Scouts. The Troop meets weekly during the school year on Mondays at 7 p.m. Additional information can be obtained by contacting Jim Schuster, Scoutmaster or Bob Cedergren. Information is also available on the Troop’s website.

Mahtomedi Area TreeHouse

St. Andrew’s hosts TreeHouse on our campus. TreeHouse programs are designed to meet social, emotional, physical, intellectual and spiritual needs of at-risk teens. TreeHouse provides a safe environment as well as mentoring for teens to receive support, guidance and practical skills in making better choices today to live as healthy adults tomorrow. For more information on the Mahtomedi TreeHouse and who they serve, visit their website.


2019-20 Health Form (required once per year)