Ministries | Immanuel Lutheran Church

Children / Youth
Mission & Beliefs

Mission and Vision

The youth ministry of Immanuel Lutheran Church brings together people of all ages to develop a welcoming and caring community who loves God and supports youth on their Christian faith journey.

Beliefs / Values

  • Engage all ages of youth and support them as they foster genuine relationships with others.
  • Anchor youth in the joys and traditions of the Lutheran faith and equip them to extend the love of Christ to their community and the world.
  • Inspire joyful service to God and others.
  • Strive to create an environment that is genuine, exciting and attracts youth and families, both members and non-members.

Children / Youth

We welcome children and adults into the church through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism as a sign of God's grace. Those who wish to have their child baptized during a worship service may contact Pastor Gretchen at to set up a time to meet. To mark this significant beginning of a child's spiritual journey, we present a Faith Chest where the newly baptized may keep items that will mark other milestones in the life-long walk with Jesus.

Children / Youth

Children and youth are encouraged to attend worship regularly with their families. We offer a Children's Time during both services each Sunday. There are activity bags and children's bulletins available during worship. Children are also invited to partake in Holy Communion as a sign of God's grace. As they grow older, they will be taught about the meaning and significance of this Sacrament in age-appropriate classes.

Children / Youth
Pre-K through Elementary


Sunday School

Sunday School will begin on September 15th. Parents and the congregation are always welcome to attend. Join us in between services at 9:45am. Please email if you'd like to help. Children are always welcome in worship. In the cry of a baby, or the fussiness of a toddler, we hear a new voice that speaks to God, reminding us that children are a blessing and a joy. Activity bags and children’s bulletins are available—ask an usher.

Blessing of Backpacks

Children and youth are invited to wear their backpacks to worship on Sunday, August 25th. During worship a special blessing is given for students.


We are partnering with Hope Lutheran to offer “First Fridays” for our 4-6th graders. Beginning October 4th, the group will meet from 6:30-8:00 on the first Friday of each month.

Bible Blessings

Children of reading age are invited to receive a Bible in worship and participate in learning from the Bible with their families over several weeks.

Bring your Grandkids to Church

In September grandparents were encouraged to bring their grandkids to worship and participate in several faith formation stations in the courtyard.

Giving Thanks

In November children will engage in a session with their families about gratitude and giving, and encouraged to bring food donations for our "Feed my Sheep" food bank supplies.

Getting Ready for Christmas

During the season of Advent, families come together to prepare for Jesus' coming with a lesson and activity.

Children / Youth
children's Choir

(Kids age 8 and up)! We want to start our youth off with positive memories of music in the church. We hope that you’ll agree, and that your children will want to join the children’s choir! The children’s choir will meet after the second service on the first and the third Sunday of each month beginning October 6th.

Children / Youth
Middle School / Confirmation

Confirmation is a three year program for 7th, 8th and 9th graders to prepare for Affirmation of Baptism as they learn and grow in the Christian faith. Immanuel participates in a Cooperative Confirmation ministry with other area Lutheran churches, believing that we can enhance faith development far more together than we can do as individual congregations. The group meets monthly with a retreat planned for September 13-15th. There will also be a Parenting Group for discussion and support at the same time as the Sunday gatherings.

If you would like to discuss the confirmation process, please contact Pastor Gretchen at or 208-344-3011.

Children and Youth
High School

Many of Immanuel's ministries welcome participation by our high school students. In addition, there is an annual High School Retreat at Luther Heights Bible Camp for those in the Treasure Valley.

Typically high school youth also go on a mission trip during the summer. Past trips have been to the Navajo Nation in Arizona and the Bay Area in California. Every three years our youth participate in the ELCA National Gathering. In 2018 six of our youth went to Houston for "This Changes Everything!" Gathering.

At the conclusion of high school we honor our graduates on Senior Blessing Sunday. They are recognized during a worship service in May as we send them off with our prayers and good wishes, along with a tangible reminder of their church family.

Bible Study

Weekly Bible Study is offered by Pastor Gretchen on Tuesday mornings at 10:30am in the Library. All are welcome to study the readings for the upcoming Sunday, which include selections from both the Old and New Testaments. The coffee pot is always on, and sometimes participants bring treats to share. Come and dwell in God's Word, whether the Bible is a life-long companion or a brand new book to you.

Bible study is also part of other small groups at Immanuel such as our women's groups.

For more information, please contact Pastor Gretchen at or 208-344-3011.

Women's Circles

The common purpose of the WOMEN of the ELCA is: "As a community of women created in the image of God, called to discipleship in Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves to grow in faith, affirm our gifts, support one another in our callings, engage in ministry and action, and promote healing and wholeness in the church, the society, and the world."

Women of Immanuel represents Immanuel's part of Women of the ELCA, a national organization, subdivided into synods, clusters and individual congregations.

Immanuel has two Circles.

Katie Circle—The afternoon Katie Circle meets on the third Wednesday of the month from September through May at 1pm in Immanuel library. They participate in the monthly gathering and share insights in the Women of the ELCA magazine Gather. Dessert and coffee follow prepared by the monthly hostess. Prior to December meeting members participate in a luncheon. The monthly offering is divided between programs of Women of the ELCA and Immanuel or Idaho non profit funds. For questions, please contact Carol Hoobing .

Mary of Bethany Circle—Mary of Bethany Circle meets the 3rd Monday evening of each month in member's home. Throughout most of the school year, they gather together for a ELCA Gather magazine discussion and fellowship. Our women's circle studies are taught by a woman, for other women.

For Subscriptions to Gather magazine, call 800-328-4648. Please join the WOMEN of the ELCA's online magazine CAFE at and Daily Grace at . The monthly Circle offerings support many and varied synod and churchwide programs for women and children including welfare, education, medical and health issues. Meeting time and location are listed in the weekly and monthly Immanuel newsletter. All are welcome!


Immanuel's annual fellowship events include Summer Church Picnic typically taking place in July, Fall Oktoberfest in late October, and Santa Lucia Festival mid-December. Details for all of these events are included in both the Weekly & Monthly Newsletters.