Student Ministry at Gloria Dei seeks to bring joy, empowerment, and encouragement to students
so they can be sent as Kingdom missionaries into their schools and into college!

Click here for a full calendar of our 2021/2022 school year! 

Sunday Mornings

Sunday | 9:45-10:45am | Student Center

Each one of our Sunday morning opportunities is setup in a large group/small group format. Students hear God's Word in large group and then - through questions, activities, and object lessons - learn how to apply it to their own lives. We also have concurrent classes for parents too! Check out the weekly classes below and find what's available for your age!

6th Grade BIBLE STUDY | Student Center 196

6th Grade students are invited to join us for Bible Study as they walk through key stories and concepts of Scripture throughout the year in experiential ways! For more information, email Matt Kortze.

6th Grade Parent Group | Student Center 194
6th Grade parents will have different opportunities to connect with other parents and to grow alongside their students this year. Once Large Group discussion is done, parents will have the opportunity to meet as a group to be able to discuss the lesson, especially how it may pertain to their children or how they can ask their student questions about it. For more information, email Matt Kortze.

7th and 8th Grade CONFIRMATION | Student Center 292/294

Students are invited to join us for Confirmation classes throughout the year for a unique learning experience! Both 7th & 8th Grade students will explore the Old and New Testaments. For more information, email Matt Kortze.

Confirmation is a special time in the life of our middle school students. It provides them a defined opportunity to grow in the faith that you spoke over them in their baptism!

Confirmation for 7th and 8th grade students begins again on September 12th. No matter where you are in the Confirmation process, we need you to fill our a registration form so that we know who to expect! This helps us plan accordingly for small groups and tells us how many sets of lessons to print! Whether you are an incoming 7th grade student, returning 8th grade student, or an 8th grade student who would like to get involved, we need to know that you plan to join us for Confirmation.

Register here by September 5th

Confirmation Parent Group | Student Center 294
Confirmation parents will have different opportunities to connect with other parents and to grow alongside their students this year. Once Large Group discussion is done, parents will have the opportunity to meet as a group to be able to discuss the lesson, especially how it may pertain to their children or how they can ask their student questions about it. For more information, email Matt Kortze.


High school students are invited to join us as we grow deeper in our walk with Jesus every morning! As we start out the new school year, we are diving into a new topic - Christian sexuality. Starting on September 19th, and for the next 9 weeks, we will be taking a look at what God's desire for sex, gender, and identity means for each of us! Check out the trailer below. We meet weekly in the Student Center Chat Room. If you have any questions please email Ross Owens.

September 12th | Fall Kick-Off
September 19th | God's Lovestory
September 26th | Authority of God and Scripture
October 3rd | Shame and Forgiveness
October 10th | Sex and Marriage
October 17th | Singleness and Intimacy
October 24th | Porn and Masturbation
October 31st | Dating and Friendships
November 7th | Sex in the iWorld
November 14th | Following Jesus in This Sexualized Age

High School Parent Group | Student Center 198
While students are meeting with their peers and small group leaders, we will have a concurrent Bible study option for parents of high school students. Parents will meet to learn much of the same information that their students are learning while also having the opportunity to encourage one another in faith and their walk as leaders in their homes. Parents will meet in Student Center Room 198. For more information please email Ross Owens.

Sunday Nights

STUDENT SUNDAY NIGHTS | 1st and 3rd Sunday | 5-7pm

Students in 6th-12th Grade are invited to join us on the first and third Sundays from 5-7pm for Bible study, activities, and dinner! This is a great opportunity to meet up with your friends, serve in fun ways, and dive into conversations about what God says about different topics.

Parents and leaders, we would love to have you serve alongside of us at Sunday night! One of those ways is by providing a meal. Our students love the chance to try something new and a home cooked meal is the perfect way to enjoy each other's company! 

Click here to see more details and to sign up for a night.

High School Driveway Discipleship | 2nd Sunday | 5-7pm

Want to dive deeper in your walk with Jesus?  Ready to form some more intense relationships with the high school community at church? Join us for Driveway Discipleship on the 2nd Tuesday of each month! Each evening includes a fun game and a short teaching time on Jesus' call to us as disciples followed by a student led conversation in groups of 2-3!

Here's what you will experience in each discipleship group:
Accountability (Matthew 18:15-16; Galatians 6:1-5)
Encouragement (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10; 1 Thessalonians 5:11)
Prayer (1 Thessalonians 5:17; James 5:16)

We are meeting at Ross' house to start the year! Email Ross for the address.
Parents interested in serving as a host for a night and students with ideas for Bible studies should email Ross.

High school 4th Sunday Offsite | 4th Sunday | 5-7pm

High School Students (9th-12th grade) are invited to join us for 4th Sunday offsite events.  These are the perfect nights to invite a friend and join us for some awesome fun! Check out the schedule below of every offsite event for the semester. More details and registrations will be added to each event as we get closer to them. All events are from 5-7pm and are at the locations noted unless otherwise stated.

September 26th | Bowling at Main Event | $15 per person
Bring a friend and test out your bowling skills! A few games of regular bowling, and some crazy bowling as well. It's a night of friendly competition! Price includes shoes and two hours of bowling. Students can purchase food on their own. 
Click here to register. Registration ends on Wednesday, September 22nd.

October 24th | Galveston Beach Night
November 28th | Photo Scavenger Hunt
January 23rd | Movie Night at Cinemark
February 27th | Escape Room
March 27th | Paintball
April 24th | Easter Party
May 22nd | Galveston Beach Night

Middle school 4th Sundays | 9/26, 11/28, 1/23, 3/27, 5/22 | 5-7pm

Middle School students (6th-8th grade) are invited to join us every other month for 4th Sunday Nights for devotion, dinner and games.

Student Events

In addition to our regularly occurring events, we have a number of large events that happen annually as well!
Check out the big events below, mark your calendars, and check back periodically for more information! 

Student Trip Information Meeting

September 26th | 12:15-1:30pm | Chapel

5th grade-college age students and parents are encouraged to join us and find out where Gloria Dei is headed for our next adventure!  Come and learn how God works in and through us on mission trips and LCMS Youth Gathering and how everyone can be a part of it throughout the year.  We will discuss school year and summer mission trips as well as the 2022 LCMS Youth Gathering! You don't want to miss this! For more information, contact Ross Owens.

Trivia Night

October 9th | 5-8pm | Life Center

Put on your thinking caps and join us for a night of fun and friendly competition.  Brush up on your music across the decades, as we are covering all the genres.  There will be awards, door prizes,  drinks and fun! Get some friends together and fill up a table for a great evening! All proceeds support student mission opportunities over the next year!

Click here for more information and registration


Mark Your Calendars - More Information Soon 


Fall Semester

 October 30th | Trunk or Treat | Come dress up and decorate a trunk
December 4th | Parents' Night Out | Help us provide childcare for parents looking to have some time out together
December 19th | Student Ministry Christmas Party | Tacky sweaters, s'mores, and ridiculous gifts

Spring Semester

January 21st-23rd | Student Ministry Winter Retreat | Get away for a weekend and plugged in to your faith
February 5th | Game Day Trivia Night | Come help us serve everyone supporting your summer trips
March 2nd | Ash Wednesday Soup Supper | All proceeds go towards student mission adventures
March 5th | First Communion One Day Retreat | Participate in the Lord's Supper
March 12th-20th | High School/College Spring Break Mission Adventure | Take the chance to dive deep in your faith, build lasting relationships, and put your faith in Jesus
March 18th-20th | Family Camping Trip | Spend time with your family while enjoying God's creation
April 14th | Maundy Thursday Fundraising Dinner | All proceeds go towards student mission adventures
May 1st | Confirmation Celebration | Celebrate as your friends confirm their faith in Christ
May 22nd | Senior Celebration | Help us send our high school seniors off well


June 3rd-4th | Middle School Lock-In | Help us welcome the new 6th grade students
June 5th-8th | High School Float Trip | Help us welcome the new freshmen while we float down the river
June 12th-18th | Middle School Mission Adventure | Dive in deep with your friends and serve someone else
July 9th-13th | High School Youth Gathering | Happens only once every three years - don't miss it
July 25th-29th | Impact Week | Take the time to serve those in your own backyard
August 5th | Middle School Adventure Day Trip | Come get a little crazy 

Phase Podcast

Did you know Gloria Dei has a summer podcast? Each week we will be taking a look at the phases, or grades, of our kids. In each conversation we will highlight the changes in their development emotionally, mentally, physically and socially as well as share some stories from parents who just finished that grade with their child.

We hope that you are encouraged, supported, and informed as you enter the next phase in your child's life. We also hope that through this podcast you see that you aren't alone and maybe pick up some tips and tricks from other parents. This parenting journey is rewarding and sometimes hard, but it is never meant to be done alone.

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Spotify Podcast Link

Phase Guide Books

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