He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?
— Micah 6:8

High School Ministries

We here at King of Kings believe that growing in faith is a lifelong journey. It’s a journey that starts when we enter into formal education in Pre-K and winds its way through Middle School, High School and beyond.

9th Grade at King of Kings is made up of 3 key parts: Connection Groups, Mentoring, and a Retreat. Students are expected to participate in all three components during the year. Confirmation Services for students in 9th Grade during the 2018/2019 school year will be October 26/27, 2019.

9th Grade Orientation is Sunday, September 16 at 1:00 p.m. Click here to register for 9th Grade Road Through Confirmation.

Connection Groups
Connection groups offer deeper relationships and a more in-depth look at topics that students are interested in and help select. There are 2 options available for 9th grade connection groups:

  1. Meet 3x/month in small connection groups made up of 9th grade students and a couple adult leaders, based on days and times that their schedules allow. Groups, with the help of their leaders, will choose what to study each week from a library of curriculum.
  2. Participate weekly (2-4x/month) in Sunday Night Refuel which includes a large group component and small group breakouts of students in 9th-12th grade and adult leaders. Topics are set for the year with the help of the Jr./Sr. Small Group.

NOTE: Students and families will be able to choose their connection group through a sign-up genius link sent out to registered families on August 22nd. Registered students who have not already chosen a group by September 10th will be placed into a group by staff.

Mentoring is an opportunity for students to learn from others how to share about your faith and dig into faith topics by helping to bring the conversation home. 9th Grade Students are expected to find a mentor to walk with them on the road through Confirmation that will participate two different ways:

  1. Have 1 conversation each month (October through April). Conversation topics and questions are provided each month that last approx. 20-30 minutes, and can be completed either in person or by phone/facetime.
  2. Attend 2 workshops together during the year. Workshops must be attended in person either with your mentor or a parent/guardian.
    1. Option 1: What is Confirmation? – November 4, 1-3pm
      1. Learn about what we do on Confirmation weekend, the promises that are made during Confirmation, and what being confirmed means for your faith journey. You and your mentor/parent will also have the opportunity to share and discuss what confirmation means to you. We encourage participants in this workshop to join us to witness a Confirmation Service (Oct. 27 or 28) either in person or via live stream.
    2. Option 2: Science & Faith – February 10, 1-3pm
      1. If you’ve ever wondered if you can believe in science and God, this is the workshop for you. We’re talking about how your belief and understanding of God can be expanded by scientific findings, and wondering together about what God might be up to in our natural world.
    3. Option 3: Loss & Grief – April 14, 1-3pm
      1. We are all unfortunately affected by loss and grief, whether through the death of a loved one or significant life changes. Acknowledging that, we talk about what to do and how to talk to someone who is going through loss, what happens when someone dies, and how we cope with grief in our lives.

Students will also attend one of two weekend retreats offered during the year and the cost of the retreat is included in the registration fee. Retreats offer a longer timeframe to explore what we’ve learned about God and our faith, and give us the opportunity to get out of our comfort zones to meet new people, have fun, and think more deeply about what we believe.

  1. Option 1: 9th Grade Only – November 16-18, 2018
    Theme: What do I believe? This weekend we’ll be talking about what you value, how you see God working in your life and the world, and what your experiences mean for your faith.
  2. Option 2: High School Retreat (9th-12th Grade) – February 2-3, 2019
    Theme: Be Different. This weekend we’ll be talking about what it means to follow Christ in High School and how the 10 commandments make sense today.
Confirmation services at King of Kings take place on the last Saturday/Sunday in October:

  • October 29/30, 2016
  • October 28/29, 2017
  • October 27/28, 2018
  • October 26/27, 2019
Sunday night Refuel gives students in 9th-12th grade the opportunity to connect with other high school students and expand their understanding of the Word and grow in their faith as they navigate their high school years. Sunday nights have a welcoming and fun atmosphere and all high school students are invited to come hang out with friends and be a part of our faith community. Sunday Night Refuel meets in the Youth Room on Sunday evenings from 6:30-8:30 p.m. year round.
In order to celebrate and honor this major milestone in both faith and academic spheres, we host a Senior Celebration Dinner for graduating students and their families. The 2018 Senior Celebration Dinner will be held on March 11. Additional details will be sent to families in January 2018. Baccalaureate Services will be held the weekend of May 19 & 20.
As students are preparing for the changes that come with life after high school, we also challenge them to start thinking about and preparing for what all of these changes mean for their faith. Using the Sticky Faith Teen Curriculum, we spend 10+ weeks meeting together during the year to share in our excitement, worries, and faith, so that we can be better equipped to carry faith with us into life after high school.

  • Current Group: Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at Kelsey’s house.

College Scholarship

Each year, King of Kings grants one-time financial scholarships to incoming undergraduates who are qualified and deserving applicants attending a four-year college or university affiliated with the ELCA.  For details and to download an application please click on the link below,or email kelsey.battleson@kingofkingswoodbury.org with any questions. For a full list of ELCA colleges and universities and more information about them, visit https://www.elca.org/Our-Work/Leadership/Colleges-and-Universities
Application deadline is May 2nd, 2018.

Scholarship Application

Letters will be sent in late January/early February to families of high school seniors with information for the upcoming Senior Celebration Dinner on March 11. If your family or senior did not receive this letter, please contact Kelsey at kelsey.battleson@kingofkingswood bury.org as soon as possible. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Baccalaureate Worship during all services the weekend of May 19 & 20 as we honor our graduating seniors’ accomplishments and future endeavors!
Along with leadership opportunities in Children’s and Middle School Ministry, High school leaders are invited to participate year round in the following ways:

  • Student Leadership Team – Organizes high school events, does outreach to new middle school and high school students at King of Kings events and retreats, and assists with leading portions of Sunday Night Refuel. Meets 2x/month on Sundays at 5:30pm. Contact Kelsey.
  • Children, Student, and Family (CSF) Team – Adults and students make up this team that works with CSF Staff to give input on faith formation opportunities at King of Kings directed towards those in the first third of life. Team meets 6x/year on first Monday at 6:30pm. Contact Kelsey.
  • High School Connection Group Leaders & Assistants – Students are partnered together or with another adult to help guide conversations with 9th grade and High School connection groups. Contact Kelsey.

Godly Leadership Workshop
Leadership Personality Assessment
Talents and Performance Activity
Godly Leadership 9th Grade Workshop Make Up

Loss & Grief Workshop
Loss & Grief 9th Grade Workshop Make Up

9th Grade Retreat
9th Grade Retreat Make Up

Lutheran Colleges and Universities

  • If you are looking into a private liberal arts school, consider a Lutheran Campus! Kelsey would love to get your more information and help connect you with a college campus experience that supports your faith growth.
  • http://www.whygolutheran.org/

Connect With Us

Please call or email if you have questions, concerns or would like more details!

Kelsey Battleson
High School/Young Adult Coordinator

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