The friendly, fun-loving, mission-minded teens at Atonement want to welcome you to our church and invite you to take part in the weekly ministries that our youth participate in. We train young people to develop a personal, daily relationship with Christ, and to also practice a lifestyle of Christian service.
During the school year, we meet weekly to learn from scripture and life lessons. We also provide activities to give our youth the chance for good Christian fun and fellowship so our teens have a well rounded experience. Please browse the tabs below to learn more info about each of our youth departments.
2021-2022 program year
Wednesday @ 6:45-8:00pm
Optional Dinner @ 6:00-6:45pm
Ages/Grades: 6th grade through October of 9th grade
Confirmation Class is a 3-year program for middle school youth in the 6th, 7th and 8th grades, designed to prepare students for adult discipleship in the Christian church. It culminates with the Rite of Confirmation (also known as Affirmation of Baptism), conducted on Reformation Sunday (the last Sunday in October) of the student’s 9th grade. The program overview includes Luther’s Small Catechism and Biblical studies, participation in Small Group discussion, service requirements, fellowship events, confirmation camp and Sunday worship.
Each week classes will include instruction by one of our pastors and time in an assigned small group. Each group is led by a trained adult leader.
Middle School Dinner (optional) meets from 6:00 – 6:45 pm on Wednesdays just before confirmation instruction. Each night, along with a homemade meal, students will have the opportunity for social connection and team building. There is an additional cost for dinner.
Confirmation camp must be completed after the 6th, 7th or 8th grade year. Each year we send students to Lutherdale Bible Camp, Elkhorn, Wisconsin. For more information check out the Lutherdale website here.
JAM (Jesus and Me)
2021 – 2022
Wednesday @ 7:00-8:00pm
Optional Dinner @ 6:30-7:00pm
JAM is a community of High School Students that seek to build a strong foundation of faith, helping teens grow in wisdom and knowledge as they navigate the pressures and opportunities of High School. We have social time each week as well as time in small groups with adult ‘shepherds.’ Some weeks we take on very serious topics, and some weeks are laid back. We laugh, we pray, and we encourage one another.
Students grow closer to God and to friends (as well as making new friends). We pray that this hour each week will be a helpful boost through the crazy years of High School and that our time together empowers and emboldens students to be the people God is calling them to be.
Due to the hectic schedules of High School students, there is no expectation of weekly attendance. Students are often absent during seasons (football, marching band, soccer, musical rehearsals…) and then rejoin when they get the chance. Students are welcome to bring friends. JAM is always open! Join us on Wednesday nights! Registration is requested.
Each year, JAM students lead worship 2 times (once in the Fall and then again in Spring). We rejoice that Atonement Youth are not only the future of the church, but a very active and PRESENT. Our young people have a great deal to offer our church and community and we place a priority on having them lead our congregation in worship.
Follow JAM on Social Media
Check out the JAM Facebook page by clicking the icon at right and ‘like’ us if you would like to follow. For the protection of our students, this page is a closed group and your participation will need to be approved by the moderator.
Summer Opportunities for Middle & High School Youth
Students experience God in very powerful ways and see how the work of the Holy Spirit through them can have a critical impact on the lives of those we serve.
Leadership Lab meets for a week in the summer at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL. Students love Lab it because they get to live like a college kid for a week in a college dorm and hang out with around 400 of their peers. Parents love Lab because it provides a ‘hands on’ experience for kids to learn leadership skills like goal setting, strategizing, team building, and personal reflection. All of this training happens in a Christ-centered environment where God’s promises of love, encouragement, and forgiveness permeate the ups and downs of a very intense week. For more information about the Leadership Lab program, check out the Leadership Lab website.
JAM – Adult Volunteer
Our JAM Program is enhanced through our dedicated parent helpers and adult volunteers.
Child / Volunteer Safety Information
We are committed to keeping your child safe while enrolled in any program at Atonement. To view or download our Child & Volunteer Protection Policy, please click here.