109 York Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325

Youth Group

Opportunities for learning, connection, fellowship, and faith for YOUth!

Follow our Youth Facebook page for announcements and updates. We also have an Instagram account where you can check out St. James Youth happenings!

Youth Group at St. James for 2021-22

Scroll to the bottom of this page to sign up your youth to spend time weekly at St. James.


  • HS Youth Group – Sundays from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • MS Youth Group – Mondays from 2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • MS/HS Youth Breakfast at the youth house – Wednesdays at 6:45 a.m.
  • K-5 Youth Group – Wednesdays from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Note:  We will follow the same guidelines the Gettysburg Area School District establishes regarding mask-wearing

National Youth Gathering 2022

This year’s in-person National Youth Gathering is being re-imagined as local opportunities for ELCA youth to connect and get engaged.

The National Youth Gathering 2023 promises to be worth the wait!

Youth Events

A Letter from the St. James Youth Committee

St. James Lutheran Church has plenty of activities for your family to be involved in!

One of the core Youth Ministry programs is our K-5 Afterschool Youth Group. Youth Group meets each Wednesday (following the school-schedule of Gettysburg Area School District). The program starts after schools dismiss for the day and lasts until 5:00 p.m. It is held at our church and Youth House located on 109 York Street, Gettysburg. Youth Group includes crafts, games, faith education, snacks, and music.

The program is overseen by our Youth Minister, Minister of Music, and a team of adult volunteers. Youth Group is free and open to any K-5 youth who wish to attend. Your child does not need to be a member of St. James Lutheran Church to participate. Children are encouraged to invite their friends to Youth Group as well. We ask that you register your youth in advance to ensure we have the necessary information and appropriate number of volunteers.

In addition to our weekly Youth Group, St. James provides many other special events open to K-5 youth and their families. These activities center around our K-5 focus of service, faith, and fun. All church activities are open to K-5 youth and their families, and many are at no cost. These include events and activities like:

  • Family Outdoor Movie Nights
  • Mini Work Camp
  • Halloween Open House
  • Church Overnight Lock-Ins
  • Sunday School Classes
  • Breakfast with Santa

If you have questions or want to know more about our programs, please email our Director of Youth and Family Ministry, or call the church office.

Hope you see you soon! St. James Youth Committee

Youth Group Registration

We welcome your youth’s participation in the youth ministry program at St. James! Please complete the following information. If you have any questions, please contact the office at 717-334-2012.

Youth Contact Information

Parent/Guardian Information


If your child will come directly to Youth Group after school, please complete a Permission Slip instructing the school to allow St. James Lutheran Church volunteers to pick-up your child or to allow them to ride the bus to St. James Lutheran Church in Gettysburg.

Health & Wellness

In the event that my child becomes ill or is injured, I authorize the adults in charge to take the following steps:

1) Call the parents/guardians. If unavailable, the person below should be called to act on my/our behalf.

2) If the provided emergency contact cannot be reached, I authorize the adult volunteers to use their discretion in securing medical attention and treatment for my child.

I give my permission to the church staff or adult volunteers to seek/administer First Aid in case of a minor medical situation. In the event of an emergency where medical treatment is required, I give my permission to the church staff or adult volunteer to obtain the services of a licensed physician. Please notify me immediately concerning any such emergency. I understand that I am responsible for all costs incurred for such treatment.

Photo Release/Media Permission

St. James uses a number of tools to publicize activities to the congregation and community.
Please read the media release statement and check one of the options below:

I, parent/guardian, give St. James Lutheran Church the absolute right and permission to use the likeness or image of my child in photography or videography that may result in publicity efforts seen by the public. I understand that photography or videography may be used in publications, media release, electronic media or other forms of promotion. I release St. James Lutheran Church, its offices, employees, council, pastors, photographers and designees from liability for any violation of personal or proprietary right I may have in connection with use.

I give my permission for my child(ren), to participate in Youth Group events, choir, and Christian Education activities at St. James Lutheran Church.

You will be asked to sign a printed summary of this registration form and agreement at your child’s first Youth event, verifying/formally authorizing the submitted information on file with the Youth Minister and Church Office.

If you have any questions or concerns, you are welcome to speak with a member of the church staff by calling 717-334-2012.

Please complete this form for each child in your household that will participate in youth activities and events.