Youth & Family

We desire to connect with you and your growing family!  One of the greatest foundations of Pilgrim Lutheran Church is the focus and attention given to the next generation.  We value you and want to be a strong support for each stage of you children’s life.  Please contact us if you would like more information on a particular program or event, or with any questions or ideas.  Thank you!

Meet Shannon – Pilgrim’s new Director of Family + Youth Ministries!

I grew up in Peshtigo, a small town in northeast Wisconsin. Surrounded by lots of family, my big brother and I were encouraged to learn about faith in a variety of ways – church, camp, and retreats like “Quake” and “Zone.”

When I was in high school I moved to Tacoma and was active at Lincoln High School as a band member, honors student, and Achievers Scholar through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. My family and I were members of St. Mark’s by the Narrows, where I was the youth rep to the council, on the youth committee, active in playing the bells, drama productions, VBS, and more. I also served on the SWWA ALYVE Board for 2 1/2 years. After graduation, I was blessed to work at Camp Lutherwood in Bellingham, WA for 2 years.

I graduated from Trinity Lutheran College in Everett, WA in 2012 with my Bachelors in Children, Youth and Family Studies. It was there that I realized that I not only enjoy working with youth, but that I like being able to have faith conversations and help others see God at work in their daily lives.

The last 6 years, I have been working at churches in WI. I have been learning more about my own faith, growing in my leadership abilities, practicing contextual ministry, walking alongside families and teens, and building a network of support, friends, and mentors from around the country.

I am excited to be at Pilgrim Lutheran! I have felt from my first visit to the church—and throughout my first weekend—that I’ve come home. I can’t wait to see what God has in store for us all as we start this new chapter together.

Grace & Peace,
Shannon


Connecting with Shannon:

Office Phone: 253.848.3680 ext. 104
Normal work days: Sunday-Thursday

Cell Phone: 920.763.7812

Email: shannon@pilgrimpuyallup.org

Facebook: facebook.com/shannon.youth

Blog: https://talesofayouthministrydreamer.wordpress.com/


June Q&A with Shannon…

Q: What got you excited about doing youth ministry?
A: I always knew I wanted to work with teenagers when I “got older”. So when I got to college, I thought that meant I was going to be a school teacher. I also really liked numbers and was very good at math, so I was going to be a high school math teacher. But I decided to go to a school where that wasn’t an option. So instead, I thought I would go into social work. But then, life happened. While I was working at Pizza Hut to help pay for school, I was surrounded by adults and high school youth. We would hang out outside of work – play, travel, talk about life, etc. It was through conversations with these teens that I knew I wanted to be able to talk about faith, to share about Jesus, and to help teens realize that faith does not equal a church building, but it is a way of life. I have been blessed that I get to continue to build relationships with kids, teens, and families, pointing to Jesus and reminding them of the community they have around them.

Q: What are you working on this summer at Pilgrim?
A: I am really trying to get to know the congregation and especially start building relationships with the youth and families. We have some really fun and exciting things coming up this summer. The youth are invited to come help paint the youth room to give it a fresh coat and then to help make it their own. We will be talking, praying, worshipping, and eating together as we join all of our ELCA friends in Houston via the livestream of the ELCA Youth Gathering.
In July, we have VBS, a water party for Aqua Viva, a color party for En Fuego, a young adult gathering, and the Pilgrim Lunch Club.
In August, we will have a HS Youth Group kickoff/sendoff and a family movie night to watch “A Wrinkle in Time”.
I am also working hard to put together a team of leaders to coordinate the youth calendar for the year, to help find volunteers, and to help make the Family+Youth Ministries a sustainable program.

Q: Wow, there seems to be a lot happening! How can we find out more information about these awesome opportunities?
A: Well, every week I send out a weekly update with more information on events, save the dates for about a month in advance, a Christian song that is on YouTube, and I will be adding in a changing resource for families. You can email me at shannon@pilgrimpuyallup.org to be added to the list.
As things start to get settled and rolling, we will also be utilizing the Facebook events feature on the Pilgrim Lutheran Facebook page.