Faith Formation

Holy Shepherd Lutheran Church offers a comprehensive education program, including a dynamic Youth Faith Formation programs ranging from preschool to Jr. High. We also offer a variety of Bible studies, Confirmation, small groups and individual options to help meet your spiritual needs. While our programs reach out to educate, we are always looking for people to reach out and offer their talents through a variety of teaching, leading and facilitating roles.

If you would like more information on any of these classes please e-mail Karen Novess, Ministry Partner at knovess@holyshepherd.com.

Adult Education Calendar


Children’s Education

Growing with Jesus

Youth age 3yrs – 5th grade will be invited, during each worship service, to hear the day’s readings as a group during the message.

Here is how it works:
Children will be asked to come forward to the children’s message with the pastor.
Following the message there will be a procession of the children to leave the sanctuary and continue to worship, as a youth group with adult leaders, in the library/education rooms.
If your child does not want to participate with the youth they can continue to participate with you in worship – whatever works best for your family.
Youth will meet for approximately 15 – 20 minutes to actively hear the lessons of the day using crafts, games, drama etc.
Children will then come back to the sanctuary during the sharing of the peace (5:30 & 8:00) / beginning of Holy Communion (10:45) to continue as a community to share in God’s meal.
Traditional Sunday School does not meet between services.


Confirmation (All Ages)

Confirmation ministry is a special opportunity for all ages to grow in their faith. We continue to highlight confirmation for 6th, 7th and 8th graders but we have expanded the ministry to include all ages. For those adults who would like a refresher “course” and for those who have never gone through the confirmation experience. We partner with 3 other area ELCA Lutheran congregations in this ministry.  Together with Atonement, Centennial & Lutheran Church of the Master, we strive together to nurture and deepen faith for all.

Confirmation is an educational ministry, but much more! We study the Bible and the teachings of the church, and we seek to build solid, healthy, caring Christian relationships between and God, one another and the world. 

On the first Wednesday night of each month our congregations will gather together for confirmation class. This is a two-year cycle program with one year focused on Bible and one on our Lutheran tradition. After the completion of a two-year cycle, participants may choose to affirm their baptism, which is the technical term for “confirmation”. They will promise their faithfulness to God and take a greater responsibility for the Church and its mission in the world. This Confirmation celebration takes place on Pentecost Sunday, which happens the end of May or early June.

Wednesday Night Schedule
See Calendar for hosting church
6:00pm
Dinner and learning “What?”, a specific part of our faith might: baptism, communion, prayer, Bible, etc.
6:30pm
Presentation focusing on the “So What?” Why does this part of faith matter for us?
7:00pm
Small groups (age based) discussion led by pastors/other leaders
7:30pm
Large group prayer & dismissal

Many Confirmation youth also spend a refreshing and exhilarating week during the summer at one of our Bible camps.


Sr. High Youth Group

The Sr. High Youth Group gathers at a variety of times and days to continue to build and support a relationship with God through worship, fellowship, caring conversation, service, “field trips” and whatever else we can do together to nourish and grow in faith! Our time together is planned by the youth and supported by a variety of leaders.

Please check the church newsletter for times and events.


Outdoor Ministry – Church Camps

Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp

Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp is an outreach ministry of the Rocky Mountain Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, located in the Sangro de Christo Mountains of Southern Colorado.

It is a year round ministry that offers an extensive summer camping program that includes on-site programs for all ages as well as an outdoor adventure program for Junior High and Senior High youth, and a mission oriented program called Bridging Borders designed for Senior High youth.

In addition, Rainbow Trail offers retreating opportunities for the other nine months of the year including sponsored confirmation retreats, men’s retreats, women’s retreats, church worker training events, and family weekends amongst other retreat opportunities.


Sky Ranch Lutheran Camp

Sky Ranch, located just north of Rocky Mountain National Park at 9200 feet, invites participants into an experience of “encountering Christ on the mountaintops”. It is supported and operated by congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran church in America. Programs and facilities are open to all.

Programs include: Summer camps for youth in Elementary School through High School, Family camps and Senior camps. They also offer backpacking trips, servant camps, day camps (held on-site at many churches), a variety of retreats.

Adult Education

Adult Education Calendar

Sunday Morning Adult Education
A variety of studies presented by a variety of speakers.

Sunday mornings, 9:30am – 10:30am
Year-Round


Wednesday Night Life Adult Education
Discussion of a variety of faith issues centered utilizing DVD’s. Classes are led by the community of Holy Shepherd.
Wednesdays, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
September -May


Women’s Tuesday Morning Bible Study
A monthly Bible study using materials from “Lutheran Women Today” magazine. Women of all ages meet on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, at 9:30a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

September – May


Women’s Early Afternoon Bible Study (WEBS)
All women are invited to come to enjoy the fellowship and grow in faith through our study of God’s Word. Bring your Bible and a friend. Lesson books will be provided. Refreshments will be served.

Meeting Times: 2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month at 1:00p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
September – May


Men’s Bible Study & Breakfast
Bible study, fellowship and breakfast sessions! All men are invited for the best breakfast in town and a time to share God’s word while reaching out to each other.

Saturday mornings, 8:00a.m. – 9:00a.m., Fellowship Hall
September – May


Lectionary Bible Study
Weekly opportunity to study and discuss the scripture readings for the upcoming weekend worship as well as a time to care for each other in prayer and fellowship. Lead by Pastors.

Meeting Times:  Every Thursday at 8:30am
Year-round