SOTC Youth Fellowship

The next Youth Sunday will be October 31


The youth are collecting new and gently used footwear as a National Youth Gathering fundraiser. Shoes of any SIZE, any GENDER and any SEASON - Boots, Sneakers, CROCS, Ballet Slippers, Hiking Boots, Cleats, Galoshes, Wedges, Jelly Shoes, Flip Flops, High Heels, Slippers, Loafers, etc. Bring the shoes to church and put them in the designated bin near the office. We are also happy to arrange pickups.

Our youth truly appreciate your support and so will the 24 countries that will be given a life-changing opportunity to learn leadership skills and have the ability to start sustainable retail businesses, while helping the less fortunate.


The LCMS Youth Gathering is scheduled for July 9–13, 2022, in Houston, Texas, under the theme “In All Things.”

Held every three years since 1980, the LCMS Youth Gathering provides thousands of youth and adults the opportunity to come together as a community of God’s people to learn more about Jesus Christ, the Christian faith and their Lutheran identity.

During the five days of the Gathering, youth spend time together in God’s word, worship, service and fellowship with others from across Synod.

The planners of the 2022 Gathering are in continual conversations with the City of Houston, government officials and Synod leadership, monitoring the development of COVID-19. The safety and care of Gathering participants will be the highest priority as decisions are made about the event moving forward. - - 888-843-5267 - -

Please contact Heather Rooker if you are interested in attending the Gathering next summer as a youth or an adult leader, by end of July, for planning purposes. Youth attendees: To be eligible you must be 14-19 years old at the time of the gathering. Registration begins this September and it is NEVER too soon to begin Fundraising! The cost of the last Gathering was $1500 per person (we will not know final cost until details are confirmed for flights, hotel ($835/4), gathering registration (early $395/late $450), food, and spending money.  Promise Memories To Last A Lifetime!


Youth Palm Sunday Celebration


2/21/21 Servant Event/Skating/Pizza Party Pics


Youth Fellowship officers for 2021 are as follows:

Nala Sparks-Jones - President

Tonia Chears - Vice President

Aja Burk - Secretary

Alayna Chears - Treasurer

Tomira Chears - Parliamentarian


In March 2018, the former Lutheran churches of Berea, Greenfield Peace, Faith, and St. Paul’s joined to become Shadow of the Cross Lutheran Church. One of this union’s most blessed assets has been its Youth Fellowship. We came together with a bang by sponsoring 16 young people for the 2019 National Youth Gathering in Minneapolis, Minnesota. We partnered with Christ Our Savior and other churches to send more than 60 youth and 10 adults to the gathering.

The primary goals and activities of this fellowship include spiritual, service, educational and fun efforts.

  1. The fifth Sundays of each year are dedicated to worship. Our youth serve as greeters, crucifix carriers, acolytes, readers of the Old Testament and Epistle lessons, ushers, and communion assistants. They are looking forward to the return of the choir and liturgical dance.
  2. Young women participate in an annual retreat. Sunday School programs are available for young men and women.
  3. There are fundraisers, such as Coffee Hour, bake sales, candy sales, etc., to raise money for projects and church efforts.
  4. The Annual Scholarship/Awards program in June recognizes graduates, students and confirmands with incentives that range from $25 to $500.
  5. In keeping with servant events, the youth have sponsored canned good drives, blanket drives, and other efforts to support our community. We also have a fantastic gym facility!

Members of the Youth Fellowship possess such talents as singing, dancing, acting, and playing instruments. This ministry provides an opportunity for youth to develop skills in leadership, ultimately becoming pastors, elders, church workers, and members of our churches. Jerome Pettus, a former Youth Fellowship participant, is one example is Jerome Pettus. Another is Steve Rooker, SOTC vice president, who served in many capacities as a youth; still another, Myita Davis, SOTC president, who served as youth vice president and president of the Berea Youth Fellowship.

We are getting ready for the future and looking forward to continuing to work in the church, the school, the community and at the National Youth Gathering in 2021!

Sponsors of this Youth Fellowship include Lainia Burk, Ava Davis, Barbara Hatcher, Heather Rooker, Steve Rooker, Linda Wilcoxson, and Ellis Threadcraft as the Prayer Leader/Chaplainr. Peer mentors include Lexus Giddings and Joseph Sanchez.

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