Grace holds classes in preparation for affirmation of baptism (confirmation) for youth ingrades 6-8, with year 3 being a mentor year. The classes, which are taught by staff and lay leaders, generally start in September and conclude in early May. They are held on Wednesday evenings. Confirmation occurs on Reformation Sunday in grade 9.

Grace uses the curriculum, Colaborate, published by Sparkhouse, as the basis for instruction. It encourages students to deepen their faith through intentional questioning and problem based learning. Each year contains two units so over the course of the first two years of class time students will explore the Old and New Testament, Lutheran History and Catechism, and Lutheran Living. A typical class includes a presentation and discussion of a particular topic with students in grades 6 & 7. Eighth grade students meet independantly with a mentor and complete various faith and service projects.

The program also includes opportunities for:

  • Service Learning
  • Participation in worship as an acolyte and in other ways. Youth acolyte between 8 and 10 times a year.
  • Fellowship through youth group activities.
  • The experience of living in Christian community by attending confirmation camp at Lutheran Lakeside.

Sunday School

Sunday School classes are available for 3 year olds through senior high. Classes run from mid September to mid May. Highlights of the year include several service projects, monthly visits to our library for Bible stories, music, Bible presentations to our Kindergarten, Third and Sixth grade youth,  and intergenerational events.

Register here

Frolic: A new group for young children and families this Fall!

 Frolic is new a group at Grace for children birth to age 3 and their parents to come together, get to know one another and grow in faith. This group will be meet in room 104 during the Sunday School hour (9:30-10:30). The group will alternate between hangout/playtime and age-appropriate programming. We will be using Frolic, a developmentally appropriate curriculum that leads children and parents through ten key Bible stories. It also provides an age appropriate e-newsletter that will be sent to families monthly and resources for the nursery. We are excited about offering this opportunity to families! To get involved contact Kara Jordahl ([email protected]) or Tracy Justice ([email protected]).


Bible Study

We offer several opportunities to study and discuss the Scriptures.

Tuesday morning at 8:45, a lively group gathers to participate in Bible study led by the pastor.
Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m., Julie Honsey leads Centering Prayer in the Upper Room.

Wednesday evenings at 6:30, The Rev. Dr. Ro Zimany leads the Religious Discussion Group. Meet in the Conference room. Upcoming topics can be found in the Friendly Visitor or on the Adult Learning Bulletin Board across from the office.

The Sunday morning education hour often includes Bible study or guest speakers on a variety of topics.

One Year Bible Discussion
Sundays 10:30 a.m. in the library (through September 10)
Sundays 9:30 a.m. in the Gatherinng Hall (begins September 17)
If you have been reading along with the One-Year Bible Plan, or want to join in, you can find the plan in the links page or at
No need to sign up - just an informal group of people discussing their questions and inisghts from the weeks readings.


The Grace Lutheran Church Library is open to all members of the congregation. It is a spacious, comfortable and inviting space to read, study, meditate, and browse the many shelves of books for all ages. Books and other materials may be checked out for four weeks. Storytimes for small children are offered regularly. The room also serves as a meeting place for small groups.



Vacation Bible School

Preschool week 2018 will be June 4 - June 8

The sign-up will be here: Preschool VBS week 2018

The medical form to be printed, filled out and returned to Grace Lutheran (mailing address is on the form) can be found here: 2018 Medical form 


Elementary week 2018 is June 18 - June 22

The sign-up will be found here: Elementary VBS week 2018

The medical form to be printed, filled out and returned to Grace Lutheran (mailing address is on the form) can be found here: 2018 Medical form


Middle School Students                                     

What: Confirmation Camp (week III)

When: July 2018

Where: Lutheran Lakeside Camp

Cost: $440 - register ASAP at


High School Students                                                           

What: ELCA Youth Gathering Trip

When: June 27 - July 1, 2018

Where: Houston, Texas

Cost: Information meeting Sunday , May 21 10:30 a.m.  Registration begins October 2017!


Worship ServicesWorship Services

8:15 and 10:45 a.m. Worship with Holy Communion

9:30 a.m. Adult Education, Sunday School, Coffee & Donuts, Middle and High School Hangouts

New Address
5201 Urbandale Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50310
Post Office will deliver to both

Contact GraceContact

3010 52nd Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50310

[email protected]

Phone: 515-276-6873
Fax: 515-276-4048

Office Hours:
Monday-Friday 9:00-1:00