NE MN Synod Journey to the 2021 ELCA Youth Gathering
The NE MN Synod Journey to the 2021ELCA Youth Gathering will explore the BOUNDLESS love of God in our own backyard!
The Synod Journey is about Being Church Together:
As we nurture faith together As we develop leaders together, As we build community and relationships together,
We are rooted in the love of Christ that is too wonderful to be measured!
Join us Fall 2020 for a year-long Journey that will launch your youth, adult leaders and congregation on a Boundless adventure of faith, to see God's power at work in ways beyond our imagination!
The Synod Journey begins at home, in your congregation, with Bible studies, group builders, faith and leadership development. On June 27, 2021 groups will be sent from worship in their congregation to the Duluth/Superior area for service events, learning, community building, fun activities and worship before we travel to Minneapolis on June 29, 2021 to join the ELCA Youth Gathering.
TIMELINE: March 2020: Registration Packets Sent to Congregations
Spring 2020 Information Meetings:
March 29, 2-4:30pm: First Lutheran Church, Aitkin
April 18, 9:30am-Noon: Grace Lutheran Church, Hermantown
April 19, 2-4:30pm: Calvary Lutheran Church, Mora
(Meetings are identical. Choose the date/location that works best for you!)
September 24, 2020: Synod Journey Registration Opens
September 30, 2020: Synod Journey Registration Closes
Fall 2020: Adult Leader Trainings
Spring 2021: Adult Leader Trainings
June 27 - July 3, 2021: The NE MN Synod Journey to the ELCA Youth Gathering
Who is Eligible? The NE MN Synod Journey is open to youth in grades 8-12* at the time of registration (September 2020) and their adult leaders. All congregations and members are invited to grow in faith alongside these young people throughout the year using resources provided!
*Yes! You heard that correctly. We are including 8th graders for the 2021 Synod Journey! It is helpful to remember that the Synod Journey and the ELCA Youth Gathering require a high level of commitment from young people. Youth will be expected to be highly dedicated throughout the year in fundraising, group building and Bible study events. The trip itself is demanding physically, emotionally and spiritually, as young people live in close quarters and are taken out of their usual life rhythms in order to be challenged to grow in faith and understanding. Resources will be provided in the registration packet and at the spring information meetings to help congregations, parents and youth discern if youth are ready for the level of commitment expected by the Synod Journey.