High School Youth Ministry

High School Youth Ministry is a peer-led ministry and includes all students in grades 9-12!  Welcome!

Upcoming Events

Stand as One

FCA, fellowship of Christian Athletes invites all youth groups from all Ankeny Christian Churches to Northview Stadium for a night of worship, fun, fellowship, and learning, Wednesday, October 4 from 7-8:30pm.

Teachers, Coaches, and Youth Leaders from the community will be there to share their journeys.  Our purpose? To give everyone a chance to recognize that as the year goes on, we can support each other as disciples of Jesus and as people of faith.  OLIH youth ministry invites you to attend this wonderful opportunity and then to continue the evening at OLIH from 8:30-9:30 in the youth room for the remaining time of GLUE (God Life the Universe and Everything), our faith sharing group that meets twice a month.

Corn Maze & Bonfire at Giesler's Farm, October 15

Open to Gr 6-12, register by October 11; cost is $10. We'll be leaving OLIH at 5:30 pm.

Reggie’s Sleepout Service Experience

Did you know that some of our brothers and sisters in the DSM area are homeless?  OLIH Youth Ministry is happy to help organize a group of our high school youth and parents to support Iowa Homeless Youth Centers in the 12th Annual Reggie’s Sleepout on Saturday, October 21, 3:00 pm through Sunday, October 22 at 7:00 am. This event entails fund raising and sleeping overnight “under the stars” at Drake Stadium. Please come to the informational meeting with our special guest from Iowa Homeless Youth Center and learn more as well as to express your interest in being a part of this important and fun event aiming to end homelessness in Iowa. 

DCYC—Diocesan Catholic Youth Conference

Catholic Youth Rally at the Iowa Events Center, Sunday, October 22- BE THERE! It’s going to be awesome!

Hopefully this rally will answer the question that many of us frequently ask, “Now that I know I’m called by God, what do I do?” There will be great music, keynote speaker Chris Padgett, breakout sessions, an opportunity for Reconciliation, Mass, and of course, food and a chance to spend time with friends. The Diocesan Catholic Youth Conference (DCYC) is a peer-led event gathering teens of the diocese together with their Bishop in exploration and celebration of the Catholic faith. It's a one day event with separate tracks for middle school (grades 6-8) & high school (grades 9-12). This year’s theme is, “We are Boldly Sent,” with the goals of providing all who attend with courage and support to be disciples who bring Jesus to all parts of their lives.  Please grab a registration form, fill it out and return to the front office at OLIH with payment by Thursday, October 5 (You can still register after that but there’s no guarantee you will get a t-shirt.)

Trick or Treating for Canned Goods

October 30 5:00-9:00 pm. Deadline to sign up is October 27.  

National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC)

November 16 - 19, 2017
National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) in Indianapolis, IN
NCYC is biennial, four-day experience of prayer, community and celebration for Catholic teenagers.  The schedule includes powerful liturgies, general discussions, workshops and special activities. 

NCYC Meetings: October 15,  7:00 pm in the Youth Room

Contact Randy Henderson for more information.  Check out the video and the NCYC brochure below.










Ongoing Events

Luke shows how to 'dig in the dirt'.

Luke shows how to 'dig in the dirt'.

We’ve Got to Get Ourselves Back to the Garden...Want to do good as a family this summer? Get back to your ‘roots’? Help weed and harvest at the Agape Garden (7384 NW 16th St, Ankeny) on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 6:00 pm-dusk or Saturdays from 8:30 am-12 noon. 


Bibles & Breakfast (gr. 6-12):  Sunday mornings 9:45-10:15am in the youth room. Everyone in grades 6-12 is invited to join for a deeper look into the Sunday Gospel readings twice a month.  Find specific dates in the monthly emails or on the youth ministry google calendar.  Chocolate Pancakes, donuts, and more are always available.

GLUE- God, Life, the Universe & Everything (gr. 9-12):  Twice a month on Wednesdays .  These gatherings promise food, games, faith-sharing, and prayer.  Besides meeting twice-a-month in this way, a team of youth known as CORE also plans gatherings for the young people of our church throughout the month with the goal of offering service events, prayer experiences and building great friendships!