• South Park & Patterson Roads
  • Bethel Park, PA 15102
  • Main Office: 412-835-7140
  • Email: ruthfred@ruthfred.org

Youth Programs

grades 6th through college-age

For more detailed information and updates about the following programs, visit

Ruthfred Youth Ministry website.


Confirmation Training

Confirmation is a two year program. The children, after their baptism, are to confirm their baptismal promises and publicly affirm their faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Incorporated into the program is Bible history, liturgy, music, hymn memorization, Luther's Catechism, and Bible memorization.

A public examination is held the Sunday before confirmation. Confirmation day is always on Pentecost. After thorough training, the confirmed class receives its first Holy Communion.

For more information, please contact Pastor Steven P. Carlson.


Students With A Purpose

SWAP is for grades 6-8 and meets twice a month on Sunday nights from 6-8pm. Outside of our normal Sunday night meetings we have these events throughout the year: Fall Retreat, On the Edge, Fall Kickoff, Christmas Party, SWAP Latenight, Acquire the Fire Conference.


Tuesday Nights Together

TNT is a group for grades 9-12 which meets every Tuesday evening at the church starting at 7pm. Outside of our normal Tuesday night meetings we have these events throughout the year: Workcamp, Winter Retreat, 30 Hour Famine, Lockin, canoe trip, pool party, Cedar Point trip, camping trips, and Parents' Night Out, etc.


Super Women After God

SWAP is for girls (grades 9-12) and meets every Saturday night. Two weeks a month are usually focused around a Bible study or book study, and the other two weeks are either fun events or meeting at someone's home. SWAG also goes for a camping trip every August with Mrs. Diethorn!


Men In God's House Tonight

MIGHT is a group for guys in grades 9-12. It meets almost every Saturday night for bible study and usually ends with food or a game at the church. Each summer MIGHT goes on a camping trip or two to at Raccoon Creek State Park.


Student Active Leadership Team

Each Spring, students (grades 10-12) are given an opportunity to apply for the SALT team for the next school year. SALT members help to plan events, come up with ideas, and, from time-to-time, teach lessons or lead small groups. SALT goes on a two day retreat each fall and meets monthly to discuss and pray for our youthgroups.


College and Career

The College and Career group serves young adults of college-age. We meet during winter and summer breaks for a time of fun, service, and Christian fellowship. Events for College and Career include: the winter retreat, canoe trips, camping trips, volunteer work at Habitat for Humanity, etc.


God Prepared Servants

GPS is a group of student leaders who help plan and organize meetings/events for the College and Career group. Applications are available in January.