Early Teens & Middle School

Early Teens (5th & 6th Grade)    Middle School (7th-8th Grade)

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

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.

5th & 6th Grade Bible Study

5th & 6th Grade students meet for Bible Study in SC Classroom 196 to walk through key stories and concepts of Scripture throughout the year in experiential ways! For more information, email Audrey Duensing-Werner.


5th & 6th Grade parents are encouraged to join the Parent Bible Study in the Life Center by Dei Break Cafe. For more information, email Audrey Duensing-Werner.

7th & 8th Grade Confirmation

Confirmation Instruction is an important milestone in the life of a 7th-8th grader. It’s a natural step in a student’s life to grow and nurture their spiritual development in a more significant way and to learn and understand the Biblical narratives and how they are a part of God’s great story. At Gloria Dei we offer two-year Confirmation Instruction during the school year from 9:45am-10:45am in the Student Center Gym.  For more information, email Audrey Duensing-Werner.


For those of you that have been a part of Gloria Dei’s Confirmation Instruction in the past, we have changed it up a bit and although it will look a little different, it will still offer great teaching, parent/student faith talk conversations, and small group connections.  Beginning this fall, we’ll be joining both 7th and 8th graders together, along with their parent(s). We have designed the ministry to be an A year and a B year. During our A year (2023-2024), we walk through the Catechism and the Doctrine of the Lutheran Church.  In the B year (2024-2025) we walk through the Old Testament and the New Testament.  Our Confirmation class will be taught by Bret Schroeder, one of our amazing Lutheran South teachers. 


We expect a parent (s) or a significant faith mentor to be a part of the Sunday morning experience along with the student.  We will have intentional weekly sharing with your student so it’s important that they have an adult with them each week.

Click here to sign up for confirmation: Confirmation Registration Link

For more information, email Audrey Duensing-Werner.

Friday Night Frenzy (Formally known as Impact Nights): 5th & 6th Graders  

So we’re changing the name from Impact night to “Friday Night Frenzy.”  Because, well, it’s on Friday. The 1st Friday of every month. Well…except for Sept where we’ll have to hold it on the 2nd Friday of the month because of Labor Day Weekend. For those of you new to Friday Night Frenzy (FNF), it is designed just for fifth and sixth graders and their friends. It’s a crazy amazing night of fun food and going crazy for Jesus (Underground Church is our fav game).

We play hard! We laugh hard! We eat a lot of awesome food! We connect with old friends and make new friends. And we especially connect with Jesus.

Friday Night Frenzy is amazing! You won’t want to miss them. For more information, email Audrey Duensing-Werner.

Gloria Dei Girls: 7th & 8th Grade Girls 

If you are a 7/8th grade girl, we’re bringing back our Gloria Dei Girls Meetings.

Every 2nd Sunday of the month (well, almost…we’ll take some off for holidays) we’ll meet together in the Student Center for fun, games, worship, prayer, small group breakouts, and conversation about real-life.

Join us on the 2nd Sunday of every month right after church from 12:15-2:15pm. Bring a friend…we love friends to come! And get ready for some awesomeness all centered around Jesus. You can’t get much cooler than that.

2024 Middle School Mission Adventure 

July 12-20th, 2024

Current 5th-8th graders

We are heading to Kansas City, which is positioned in the heart of America surrounded by rich history and world class BBQ (they say it's better than Texas BBQ). Our team will have an opportunity to serve alongside the KC community, helping to meet the physical and spiritual needs of those experiencing homelessness or hardships. On our way home, we head towards Branson, MO driving through the Ozarks and attending "Queen Esther" at the World Renown Sight and Sound Theater.

For those that registered with their deposit, you have until June 28 to pay the full cost.

For more information about this trip, please contact Audrey Duensing-Werner, Family Life Director at or 402-641-9810.

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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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