The St. James Youth Team, under the leadership of Stacey Staake, is a dedicated team that meets weekly, on Wednesday evenings with all junior and senior high students. Through engaging Bible studies, activities and events, the team provides a supportive community for young believers.

Highlights include an impactful annual mission trip and participation in the triannual LCMS Youth Gathering, both of which offer unique opportunities for service, witnessing, spiritual growth and fellowship. Committed to living for Christ in today’s world, the St. James Youth Team empowers its members to deepen their faith and make a positive difference in their communities. 

This team is very active and in GREAT need of adults to assist with weekly meetings.  Please prayerfully consider how you might help in this way.   Whether it’s for one Wednesday a month, or more, you can help us to continue and grow this ministry!  Contact Stacey Staake at, or the church office for more information.

LCMS Youth Gathering

What is the LCMS Youth Gathering?

Held every 3 years since 1980, the LCMS Youth Gathering provides thousands of youth and adults the opportunity to come together as a community of God’s people to be encouraged in their walk with Jesus Christ and learn about the Christian faith and their Lutheran identity.

The Gathering is more than the five days of the event. The preparation process for the Gathering brings together young people and supportive adults to encourage each other in their baptismal identity. The Gathering provides young people a vision for the vastness of Christ’s Church and equips them for vocational service as they continue their walk with Jesus.

This event is organized by LCMS Youth Ministry in Saint Louis, MO. For additional ways to connect to LCMS Youth Ministry, please visit

Guiding Principles

  • Youth Gatherings proclaim the Lordship of Jesus Christ and God’s saving grace to His people through Christ. In this setting, young people grow in their personal relationship with God and grow in their fellowship of Word and Sacrament in Christ’s Church.
  • Youth Gatherings are a vehicle by which the Church reaches out to, cares for and affirms young people, both churched and unchurched.
  • Youth Gatherings equip youth and adults for ministry and vocational service in a variety of settings in their congregations, communities, and world.
  • Youth Gatherings affirm, equip, and support adults who work with young people.
  • Youth Gatherings celebrate the meaning of Christian joy in all of life’s situations, including transitions and crisis.
  • Youth Gatherings recognize and affirm the diversity of God’s people
  • Youth Gatherings affirm, support, and promote the ministry of LCMS Districts and congregations.

Mission Trip

The Junior and Senior High Youth Group is planning a nine day mission trip in the summer of 2024 to Callaway, MN. Our goal, with the help of God, is to serve, pray with, teach and build relationships with families in need in the White Earth Indian Reservation area. The official dates are to be determined.

For more information about youth events or to get involved with the Youth Ministry Team please contact Stacey Staake.

Annual Yard Sale

The Youth Group hosts an annual yard sale at the church on the Saturday before Father’s Day each year. Proceeds from the yard sale are used to help offset costs for students participating in the next LCMS Youth Gathering. For more details, check out our yard sale page.

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