Children, Youth & Family (CYF) Ministries


May 2023

April Highlights

Holy Week Celebrations

What a fantastic time of remembering Christ's journey through Holy Week and celebrating the resurrection! Thank you, Our Saviour's Family, for making it such a special week togetheer!

Palm Sunday Brunch Pictures

First Communion

Congratulations to the young ones who received their First Communion on Maundy Thursday! How wonderful! Here's a peak at their adventure:

CYF Ministries - All Ages

CYF Campfire Cookout!

When: Friday, May 19th 6:00pm-8:00pm

Where: At Our Saviour's outside!

What: Join us for yard games and family fun with smore and hot dog roasting over a campfire!

Cost: $5 per person or $20 max per household

Sign up on the CYF Board to let us know you are coming, but sign up is not required!



Thursday August 17th

10:00am - 10:00pm

Join together for a fun day at Valleyfair!

Cost: $50 per participant

Includes day pass, unlimited beverage wristband or souvenir mug (participants choice), transportation and parking. 

Ages: 12 and up!

*Those under age 12 must have a parent/guardian attend with them and

be with them and responsible for them for the entirety of the event.

Do you have a season pass?

If you have a season pass and would like to join us, the cost for

transportation/parking is $15. If you would like unlimited beverages, that

cost is $18. Please sign up on the CYF Board and turn in your payment to


Offsite Permission Form
Register Online!
More Information


VBS Volunteers Needed! 6th Graders - Adults!

Volunteer Roles Needed:

-Crew Leaders

-Station Leaders

-Building safety patrols

-Check-in/Check-out Table

Adult volunteers must be 18+ and have a background check completed. Junior volunteers (completed 6th grade and up) are encouraged to participate as well. 

Mandatory Volunteer Training Meeting

Sunday, July 30, 11:30am-12:30pm at Our Saviour’s in Room 122 for all (adult and junior volunteers) who will be volunteering onsite during VBS sessions.


Setup – Takedown


For setup, please bring your own sack lunch if you are coming straight from worship. 

Sunday, July 30, 12:30am – 2:30pm

Sunday, August 6, 11:30am – 2:30pm


Thursday, August 10, 3:30pm-Done

Sign up to Volunteer
Amazon Wish Listfor VBS
Amazon VBS Wish List

Looking for a Way to Give?

CYF Ministries has it's own Amazon Wish List!

You can find items wished for every age group.

Check it out here:

Amazon General CYF Wish List

Prayer Request

Please hold our youth mission trip group in your prayers as they finalize all the details of their trip to Niagara Falls, NY coming up June 11-16th. Please pray for safety, open hearts, growth, health and all the ways the Spirit leads.

Children's Ministries - PreK-5th Grade

Last Sunday of the year!

This Sunday, May 7th, is our last day of programming for the year! We would love to see you and your family for our last day and share information with you about summer opportunities!

VBS 2023 "Hero Hotline: Our God Can Make the Impossible Possible!


Mon., August 7 - Thur., August 10


Age 4 - Grade 5

Cost: $30 due w/registration $75 maximum per household

Please register no later than Sunday, July 30th.

Register now before the busyness of summer is upon us!

Following registration, you will receive an email with details on how to submit payment and other important information.

In the depths of a colorful underground cave, is the beating heart of the hero community, the Hero Hotline Headquarters where everyone's gifts are valued and every hero has a role to play. Each day at the Hero Hotline Headquarters, superheroes of all ages and abilities answer the call and join the Professor and veteran hero, Super Meer the Meerkat, to provide expert assistance and solutions to Hero Teams everywhere.

As kids experience these stories through music, drama and storytelling, games, arts and crafts and science, they'll learn that Heroes are called to Follow Jesus, Help Others, Work Together, Listen to God, and Show Grace! And, best of all, they'll be invited to answer this call at VBS, at church, at home, and every area of their lives.

(Volunteers needed. Please see the details under "CYF Ministries - All Ages".)

Register for VBS
Pay for VBS Registration
Amazon Wish List for VBS
More information on ELCA's Good Gifts

Children's Ministry Offerings

Don't forget to bring your offering up to the Children's Message each week to go to ELCA Good Gifts!

So far, since we started Children's Ministries Offering in March:

Total Offering Given: $82.73

Gifted: 1 hive of honeybees, 1 group of chicks, 1 piglet, 1 Rooster

More details on Kids' Ministries Offering

Fall Registrations Now Open!

Before the busy summer season begins, get your registration set for the fall!

Kids Ministries registrations now open for the fall. Check out all the programs using the link that pertains to your child(ren)'s age(s) below:

PreK - Faith Circle
2nd-3rd Grade - Bible Live!
K-1st Grade - Godly Play
4th-5th Grade - Young Samaritans

Attention 5th Graders!

Mark your calendars for a special retreat just for you with CYF Innovator, Leisha! It's a great time to get to know one another before confirmation begins!

Saturday, August 19th, 11:30am -

Sunday, August 20th, 11:30am

at Our Saviour's.

More details to come as we get closer.

Confirmation Registration Now Open!

Take some time to get registered for confirmation for the fall. We're looking forward to welcoming you all to our confirmation ministries!

$50 per student per year. Scholarships available upon request. Contact Nathan, CYF Corodinator, for scholarship informaiton: [email protected]

More Confirmation Information & Registration

Confirmation Ministries - 6th-8th Grade

More Confirmation Info

Here We Stand Confirmation

Fall Registration Now Open for Current 1st and 2nd year Confirmation Students!

Take some time now to sign up for confirmation for the fall! Registration now open for year 1, 2 and 3 youth!

$50 per student per year

This cost covers materials, confirmation Bible, retreats, etc.

Register for Confirmation 2023-2024
Pay for Confirmation

No Open Youth Room this Week!

Last Open Youth Room May 10th

For Confirmation Students

& Guides


Open Youth Room will take place on all regular Confirmation nights. Come and enjoy socializing, basketball, foosball, board games, movies, video games, snacks, crafts and more!

Chapel Cleanup

Confirmation's next scheduled service project is Chapel Spring Cleaning with the Hard Hats!

This project was SO loved last year that we're bringing it back again!

Wednesday, May 3rd, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Our Saviour's Chapel

2332 Swedish Drive

Ham Lake, 55304

Revelation Worship will also take place at the Our Saviour's Chapel.

Confirmation families welcome to join in the project with their student.

Light dinner provided.

Please bring (if you have): rake, work gloves

All confirmation students should be dropped off and picked up from the chapel. Parents/Guardians more than welcome to attend this project with their youth.

Remaining Confirmation Schedule

Wednesdays, 5:30pm-7:30pm

May 3 - Service Project & Worship at the Chapel

May 10 - Year's Overview

May 17 - Bonfire

May 17 - 7:30pm 8th Grade Meeting with Parent/Guardian at Bonfire

The Youth Gathering planning is well underway and you are invited!

Mark your calendars: July 16-20, 2024 in New Orleans!

For those in grades 8+ in fall of 2023

Registration opens mid-September 2023.

Watch your upcoming E-Newsletters and emails for more information!

Check out the first look:

Lighthouse Ministries - 9th-12th Grade


Lighthouse Ministries!

Lighthouse Ministries is the new name for thSenior High Ministries of Our Saviour’s. Lighthouse will hold, at minimal, monthly activities or events for 9th-12th graders. 

Lighthouse Ministries seeks to connect senior high youth to their peers and caring adults in a safe environment where they can ask questions, wonder, grow in and practice their faith no matter where their personal faith life is at currently, to create memories and continue to explore what it means to live out their faith in every aspect of life.

Register to get all the latest information:

Register forLighthouse Ministries

Comin up for Lighthouse:

Lockin & Game Show Battleroom!

Saturday, May 6, 7pm – Sunday, May 7, 11:30am

$30.00 (includes pizza, snacks, beverages, Game Show Battle Room ticket, breakfast, other activities)

Ever wanted to be a game show contestant? This is your chance!

We will gather for a lockin and then travel to Game Show Battle Room, located in Golden Valley. When there, we will be the contestants for three classic game show games: “Survey Battles”, “Spin and Solve” and “What’s that Cost”.

Sign up today! You won’t want to miss this one!

Bring: $30 (or pay online at [link once it’s on the Giving Tab on the website]), sleeping gear (air mattress/cot, sleeping bag/blanket, pillow), pajamas, hygiene items, clothes for worship Sunday morning.

Sign up:

Sign up if you plan to attend. We will need adults who are interested in joining us! Must be 21+ and have a background check on file with OSLC. Please sign up if you are interested.

More Info: Gameshow Battleroom
Signup for Lighthouse's Lockin & Battleroom
Pay online for Lighthouse's Lockin & Battleroom

The Youth Gathering planning is well underway and you are invited!

Mark your calendars: July 16-20, 2024 in New Orleans!

For those in grades 8+ in fall of 2023

Registration opens mid-September 2023.

Watch your upcoming E-Newsletters and emails for more information!

Check out the first look:

Graduate Recognition Details & Signup

Graduate Recognitions - Important Information!

Sunday, June 4th we will be recognizing all of our high school and college graduates in worship.

Prior to that, we will be recognizing graduates in our Graduate Spotlights on Facebook.

Please sign up and fill out the form using the button "Graduate Recognition Details & Signup" to turn in all of your/your graduate's information.

Scholarship Application

Endowment Scholarship Funds for Pursuit of Undergraduate Degree

Our Saviour’s Endowment Committee will be awarding scholarships in June. The scholarships are for pursuing an undergraduate degree or for education to grow in Christian faith. Completed application forms must be returned to the Endowment Committee mailbox by Sunday, May 15, 2023.

Resources - Safe Places for All

Our Saviour's CYF (Children, Youth & Family) Ministries is a safe place for all!

If you or someone you know is in need of support, the CYF staff is here for you.
You are never alone and you are loved just as you are!

If you or someone you know is struggling, please reach out. We are here at Our Saviour's to listen and support.

This Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a great resource to have saved in your phone. Please take a moment to do so and share and use as you need.

You can text or call 988

or chat online:


Text Message Reminders

Want to receive text message updates/reminders about confirmation and youth ministries at OSLC? Here's how you can sign up for text messages on the different ministries:

Children's (PreK-5th Grade):

text @oslckidmin to the number 81010

Confirmation (6th-8th Grade):

text @oslcconfir to the number 81010

Middle School (6th-8th Grade):

text @oslcmiddle to the number 81010

Senior High (9th-12th Grade):

text @oslcsenior to the number 81010

[763-434-6117]  []

Leisha Tays, CYF Innovator,

[email protected]

Visionary for PreK-12th Grade, Implementation of 6th-12th Grade

Nathan Chastek, CYF Coordinator,

[email protected]

Implementation of PreK-5th Grade, Administrative Support for CYF Ministries

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