God instituted the ministry to the youth when he created moms and dads. St. Paul says (Eph 6:4), "And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord." Moses says (Deut 6:6-9), "And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates." The Catechism has as its heading before every part, "As the head of the family (father of the house) should teach it in a simple way to his household." It is the primary duty of fathers and mothers to train their children in God's Word. They do this by teaching them the Catechism at home, reading Bible stories, praying with them, singing hymns with them, and talking with them. When conversations about God's Word echo in our houses then the Holy Spirit then we grow in faith in Christ, and we are strengthened in our confidence that Christ has indeed taken our sins away and that in our baptism we have the fullness of this gift as children of God.
As a way to engage the youth with God's Word as well as to encourage the parents to talk about God's Word with their children, we will be starting up again our book club at St. Paul on the third and fourth Sundays of the month for members of both Trinity and St. Paul. While this is geared toward the youth, it is for Christians of all ages.
Our youth have gone on various trips to camps and retreats as well. Our District's camp, Io-Dis-E-Ca, is dedicated to giving our children, from kindergarten all the way through high school, an opportunity to meet other Lutherans their age while being refreshed in the true Christian doctrine they are learning from the Catechism. You can learn more about this camp by clicking here.