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“God made us alive together with Christ.” - Ephesians 2:4, 5

Welcome to High School Ministry!

St. Philip the Deacon encourages High School students to stay involved and continue their faith journey after Confirmation through weekly gatherings, special events and service opportunities. High School students engage in service projects, fellowship, and a variety of events that inspire them to grow in faith. Our young people develop and bond together through taking on leadership roles, worshipping God, and walking alongside one another on their faith journey.

Our students are encouraged and invited to think more deeply about their faith, challenged to trust in God, and called to more fully make the Christian faith their own. High School ministry at St. Philip the Deacon strives for a safe, friendly, welcoming, authentic and faith-filled environment that helps teens engage in conversation about what it means to be a follower of Jesus. 

For more information contact: Justin Daleiden, Director of High School Ministry at 763-475-7118 or by email.

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Stay Connected

Stay updated via texts.

We’ve set up a texting group that you can join to keep you updated on the latest High School Ministry events. Send a text to 81010 with @jdalei in the message, and you’ll receive a return message from our provider, Remind. If you don’t get a response, try texting @jdalei to 952-314-4879, or email Justin for help.

House Groups and Fellowship

Connecting and growing with others.

As students get confirmed during January of their 9th grade year, there’s no better time to get involved in high school ministry than your first year of high school. We are excited to journey alongside students in grades 9-12 as you wrestle with all it means to be a teenager. Our youth group is a great time to make faith-filled friends, explore scripture, play nerdy church games, and talk about all of the topics that are relevant to our young people.

Sunday Mornings – Devotions and Donuts

Sunday Mornings, 9:15-9:45 a.m. in the Youth Room

Many high school students volunteer to be a leader with Faith Creek on Sunday mornings which begins at 9:45 a.m. Others love to attend worship at that same time. Either way, join us before worship at 9:15 a.m. to get a little boost of energy and take some time to be with God. All high school students are welcome and no registration is necessary. Come grab a giant donut hole and a hot chocolate to start your morning right. We call this time Donuts and Devotions!

House Groups

Acts 2: 43-47 shows us that the first post-resurrection believers gathered in each other’s homes, broke bread and ate with glad and generous hearts. New to High School Ministry this year is House Groups, where small clusters of high school friends gather in homes for fellowship and Bible study, and to build a small faith community together. Ninth graders will be invited to start their own house groups in February.

For more information contact: Justin Daleiden, Director of High School Ministry at 763-475-7118 or by email.

Student Leadership

Interested in Student Leadership?

You’ve gone through confirmation, you’ve experienced all the hype about Wednesday nights, and you may have even had a high school student as a small group leader throughout your confirmation years. Why not give back and develop your leadership skills? Wednesday evenings we hope that our high school students get involved in a variety of ways to support and lead our Confirmation program.

How will I serve?

Each Wednesday evening, we meet as a group of high school students before setting out to serve for the night. We will be meeting at 6 p.m. each Confirmation night in the Youth Room to go over how to best support the evening activities for that evening. You can jump in on anyone of the following teams to be a great part of our Wednesday evenings:

  • Confirmation Small Group Leader
  • Hospitality Team
  • Tech Team
  • Skit Team

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For more information contact: Justin Daleiden, Director of High School Ministry at 763-475-7118 or by email.

Events and Retreats

Special trips, retreats and activities.

Throughout each year our high school students are invited to join in during our fun, exciting, and meaningful events and retreats. These can range from sticking around church for a party or social gathering all the way to retreats for a weekend of adventure and renewal or other impactful service projects. All of our events and retreats are open for all 9th-12th graders and friends are always welcome!

For more information contact: Justin Daleiden, Director of High School Ministry at 763-475-7118 or by email.

Summer HSM

Activities during the summer months. School may be out; but Church is always on!

Senior High Ministry in the summer is full of activity, adventure, and ways to plug in and continue growing in faith. Each year we offer week-long trips and weekly bonfires for students as a way to continue to build a faith-filled community around SPD.

Bonfires are open to students entering grades 9-12 and happen Wednesday nights at the SPD backyard fire pit. We make mountainous s’mores, compete in night games, enjoy our beautiful summer evenings, and spend time growing as a group. This gives us a great way to stay connected as a faith community throughout the long summer months.

Camp Wapo TIM Team

This is a discipleship and leadership development opportunity for senior high youth. TIM Teamers sleep at the Ox Lake site while spending each day at the Wapo site interacting with youth from their home congregation. TIM Teamers begin the week by participating in high and low ropes course.

Mission Trip

Spend one week of your summer immersed in our call to service as we travel around the U.S. to dig deep into relational ministry. During the week we engage with a community, get to know the residents, and serve in whatever way needed.

Boundary Waters Adventure 

Students who have completed grades 6-12 join an exploration of some of the most beautiful outdoors in Minnesota. This wilderness experience gives us a chance to explore God’s creation through hiking, camping, and canoeing. This journey is sure to invite each individual to discover God’s presence in nature.

For more information contact: Justin Daleiden, Director of High School Ministry at 763-475-7118 or by email.

— CHRISTIAN WISDOM —

“God has given us two hands — one to receive with and the other to give with. We are not cisterns made for hoarding; we are channels made for giving.”

Billy Graham