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  • Youth
  • Senior
  • Middle
  • Family

  • Retreats

  • Summer

  • Outreach

Youth Programs

The Youth Programs at Good Shepherd provide many educational and fellowship opportunities for the youth of this congregation. The diagram below illustrates the full range of programs offered, but one should note that you must look across multiple areas to obtain the full scope of our ministries. The offerings are numerous and varied and can be viewed across the Youth, Christian Education and Music departments. For a full description of each youth program, please click the links under Christian Education and Music, in addition to the Youth section.

The diagram above illustrates the expanding programs available at Good Shepherd, because of the enthusiasm of our youth, as well as our volunteers. If you are interested in planning activities, chaperoning or generally just wanting to get involved, please feel free to contact the church office at 845-735-2243 or

Senior High
(9th-12th Grade)

Youth Advisor: Catherine Montera

The high school youth gather through a variety of fellowship opportunities: Lock-ins, Christmas Parties, Snow Tubing, dinners LYO Fright Fest, Dodge Ball, Koinonia, and more. The high school youth do not only meet for social activities, but also service based opportunities ("White Gift" delivery to St. Peter's and other churches in the Bronx, Junior Chaperone leadership at the MaHeTu Confirmation retreat).

Senior High Group (9th-12th grade)

For the older students, this is an opportunity to engage their faith community. "Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity" (1 Timothy 4:12).

Senior High Group serves as the ministry after Upper Room and will meet monthly in the Youth Room on the third or fourth of Sunday each month from 4:12 pm-6pm. Friends welcome.

ELCA Youth Gathering 2015

All 7th-10th graders (during the 2013-2014 school year) are eligible to attend this amazing service trip. The road to the Gathering has already begun with service events and fundraisers. We head to Detroit, July 15-19, 2015.

Middle School
(5th-8th Grade)

Youth Advisor: Rich Bowman and Joanie Hampton

The Middle School youth groups continue to meet on a monthly basis (typically the 2nd Saturday of the month) and have had a full plate of fun activities:

  • Bowling and Ice Cream at New City Bowl and King Kone.
  • Baking and Crafts for Meals on Wheels.
  • Christmas Caroling at a local assisted living facility.
  • Snow Tubing at Campgaw
  • Camp Koinonia
  • Monster Mini-Golf
  • The Castle Fun Center
  • The Passion Play at Felician College
  • Fun at the Shops at Nanuet
  • Annual July Lock-In
  • Back-to-School Pool Party

These fellowship opportunities are important to building strong bonds between the youth that linger into making Good Shepherd a comfortable place in which they can congregate, just like a second home.

Upper Room (Sundays at 10:30 am) The "Upper Room" is our Jr. High Sunday morning program, where youth engage their faith with lessons, service projects, and fun interactions. There's a little bit of everything for everyone involved: Bible Trivia, skits, baking for shut-ins, caroling, art, fellowship, and much more! This wonderful ministry has been led by Wayne Kunow and Janet Maleski. We are thankful to them for their dedicated service. Leadership has now transitioned to Janet Maleski, Steve Habina, Jennifer Henion, and youth helpers Eric Skoog and Sarah McCambridge.

See Christian Education for our vibrant Confirmation Ministry.

Family Life (Pre-K-4th Grade)

Youth Advisor: Vacant

The Family Life program has been an ongoing creative opportunity. The St. Nick and Easter Eve Celebrations are traditions amongst our Pre-k to 2nd graders. The children love to find their shoes filled with little goodies at the St. Nick Celebration and Easter eggs galore on Easter Eve. We've also had a variety of year-end celebrations to close out the Sunday Church School year in June.

This past year, our H2O Council (a small group of Jr. High youth devoted to creating events at Good Shepherd) helped run our Family Life Ministries, bringing their youthful energy and excitement to events for our littlest church members. Their innovative and hard work has been a huge gift to the Good Shepherd Family Life Ministries.


Camp Ma-He-Tu

Late September a retreat and fellowship weekend for the junior high is held at a nearby Lutheran camp in Harriman State Park. Camp MaHeTu, located in the hills of Harriman State Park is organized, prepared and run by the staff and volunteers of Good Shepherd. The retreat is a confirmation requirement and offers a rustic, outdoor, spiritually fulfilling experience.


Koinonia is our winter retreat and is run by the Lutheran Youth Organization or LYO. Each year 5–10 youth attend this retreat in Highland Lake, NY and have the opportunity to meet Lutheran youth from the surrounding area.

Summer Youth Activities

Vacation Bible School

Each August, Good Shepherd hosts a week-long half-day (9 a.m. to noon) learning experience open to the community for children 4 years old through 3rd grade.

Children experience the wonderful news of God's love and Jesus through Bible stories, songs, crafts, games and other activities. Snack is served daily.

We look to our youth to help make the program a success by assisting throughout the week either in a classroom or one of the special programs of games, music and crafts.

Lutheran Youth Convocations

Every four years, our youth participate in nationwide convocations of Lutheran youth. These convocations provide an exciting experience of coming together with up to 40,000 youth under the banner of a living, growing faith in Jesus Christ.

Pinecrest Leadership Training for Senior High Youth

This program involves youth and adults in a week-long camping experience. The experience addresses issues of applying the Christian faith to the many issues youth face.


Scouting Groups

Boy Scout Pack 36, sponsored by Good Shepherd, continues to grow as they welcomed in 20 new scouts into the troop. They meet each Tuesday night in Fellowship Hall and are guided by a dedicated core of adult volunteers. Each week they work with the boys on how they can earn the requirements to advance on their rank, starting with Tenderfoot and reaching the holy grail of Eagle Scout. As each scout is at a different level, some requiring merit badges, while others need leadership skills; it takes significant planning and coordination by the Scout Master.

Girl Scouts of the congregation gather together in March on Girl Scout Sunday during the 10:30 a.m. service

College & Career

Young adults are invited in December and in June to "coming together" breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Events include open discussions, poetry and music "jamming" sessions-all with the purpose of maintaining contacts with young adults in an exciting and challenging time of life.

Latest Happenings

Sunday Services

  • 8:00 am - Traditional Worship

  • 9:00 am - Contemporary Worship

  • 10:30 am - Traditional Worship with Choirs

  • Wednesday Service

  • 7:15 pm - Fellowship Hall

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