Real life. Real faith.

Welcome to St. Paul Youth Ministry. This is the place for off-the-charts fun, faith, and friendship. But it’s so much more. Faith hits the road into real life for teenagers. Every encounter is aimed at powerfully nurturing and strengthening the faith of young people and their families.

This church possesses a deep care and commitment for youth. That’s why we employ a full-time youth director who walks alongside teenagers. Andy Langdon is a guy you’ll want to know. His unbridled enthusiasm, high energy, and God-inspired ways are contagious.

From weekly gatherings to mission trips, this ministry pulls in young people from schools all over the Quad-Cities region. Just find your age group and join in:

Guideposts for youth community

St. Paul leaders have designed an intentional ministry with and for teenagers. We know that the struggle of growing up can come at a high price. Teenagers try to fit in, look good, and feel safe. In the process, friendships, values, interests, and even faith are often sacrificed.

That’s why St. Paul’s youth community is marked by five guideposts. We strive for:

Significance: Everything we do must be valuable. Valuable enough for a kid to ask a parent for a ride to church. Valuable enough to come again and to share enthusiasm with a friend.

Transformation: Everything we do must impact students’ lives. So that it feels like God has been poured into them. So that God is oozing out the edges.

Identity: Everything we do must assure teenagers that they’re in a safe place, are cherished as individuals, and are worth knowing more deeply.

Challenge: Everything we do must push teenagers to discover new ways God is creating this world, this community, and this life.

Memories: Everything we do must inspire and build a faith-bank of positive experiences for young people, so that they’ll be able to draw on memories all life long.

Come. Share. Open up.

Come. Find an awesome community where you matter. Grow your self-image and leadership skills. Share your gifts. Develop respect for the differences of others. Serve those in need. Open up to life with God. Come!

Youth: Andy Langdon

Malachi 3:1-4

The Coming Messenger 3 See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight—indeed, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. 2 But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap; 3 he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the descendants of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, until they present offerings to the Lord in righteousness.[a] 4 Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years.

Hebrews 2:14-18

14 Since, therefore, the children share flesh and blood, he himself likewise shared the same things, so that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by the fear of death. 16 For it is clear that he did not come to help angels, but the descendants of Abraham. 17 Therefore he had to become like his brothers and sisters[a] in every respect, so that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make a sacrifice of atonement for the sins of the people. 18 Because he himself was tested by what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested.

Luke 2:22-40

Jesus Is Presented in the Temple 22 When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord”), 24 and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.” 25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon;[a] this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah.[b] 27 Guided by the Spirit, Simeon[c] came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, 28 Simeon[d] took him in his arms and praised God, saying, 29 “Master, now you are dismissing your servant[e] in peace, according to your word; 30 for my eyes have seen your salvation, 31 which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, 32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.” 33 And the child’s father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. 34 Then Simeon[f] blessed them and said to his mother Mary, “This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed 35 so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed—and a sword will pierce your own soul too.” 36 There was also a prophet, Anna[g] the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37 then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped there with fasting and prayer night and day. 38 At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child[h] to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem. The Return to Nazareth 39 When they had finished everything required by the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. 40 The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.