Due to COVID-19, the in-person Middle School Gathering at Cragun’s has been cancelled for the safety of our youth and adults. But there will still be a Middle School Gathering! What will this look like?
We provide FREE resources - YOU put on the event!
Speaker: Joe Davis! We are excited to announce that Joe Davis will be the keynote speaker via video recording!
Joe Davis is a nationally-touring artist, educator, and speaker based in Minneapolis, MN. His work employs poetry, music, theater, and dance to shape culture. He is the Founder and Director of multimedia production company, The New Renaissance, the frontman of emerging soul funk band, The Poetic Diaspora, and qualified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory. He has keynoted, facilitated conversation, and served as teaching artist at hundreds of high schools and universities. He was a keynote speaker at the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering, track leader at the ELCA Youth Ministry Network's Extravaganza, and served as artist-in-residence at Luther Seminary.
The LYO Board will develop resources around our theme and the Apostle’s Creed for you to lead your own Middle School Gathering online or in-person if it is safe to meet. Resources will include pre-recorded videos and scripted documents to lead the elements in the suggested schedule. Each element on the schedule will be a stand-alone element. You can lead all elements in a one day event, or use individual elements over the course of several weeks as part of your confirmation curriculum or youth group.
You are encouraged to consider what new creative possibilities this offers! How might you partner with other congregations to help youth build relationships and see church as bigger than your building? Meeting online means you don’t have to partner with congregations within driving distance, and smaller congregations can instantly have larger youth groups! Dates can now be flexible to fit the schedules of youth and your community. What other opportunities does this new format make possible for you?
We pray these resources will nurture faith in your middle school youth as they dig into the Apostle’s Creed. May these ancient words come alive to shape their identity as a child of God within your faith community, so they can live out their faith in the world.
Frequently Asked Questions
What will be taught? Resources will focus on the Apostle's Creed. We are using the theme, "We Are ________" as we dig into how the Apostle's Creed helps shape our identity as a child of God within the faith community, so we can live our faith in the world.
Who is developing the resources? The Lutheran Youth Organization is comprised of 28 high school youth from across our synod and 12 adult leaders who accompany them as they plan synod events. The LYO has been meeting via Zoom over the summer to be equipped and prepare these resources for you!
When and where do we meet? When it works best for your group! We have developed a schedule that can be offered in one day, or you can use elements of the schedule over the course of several weeks or months as part of confirmation or youth group. All resources will be structured to be used online or in-person (if safe).
What resources will be included? Elements of the schedule include:
7 Learning Clusters (20-30 minute workshops with activities and discussion questions to learn more about the Apostle's Creed)
Family Time Discussion Guide
Personal Time with God Guide
There will be more resources available than you need to fill a one-day event. There will be a combination of videos and written discussion guides or instructions. You can use all the resource elements, or choose the ones that work best for your group!
What does this cost? All resources are FREE! If you wish, you can purchase t-shirts for your group (see below).
How do I Order Middle School Gathering T-Shirts? Middle School Gathering shirts are $12 each, includes shipping and fees. To keep shirts at this low cost we ask congregations to identify a primary contact who will collect orders from your congregation and submit ONE order for the entire congregation. Last day to order is October 15!
Confirmation Theme Rotation 2020: The Apostle's Creed 2021: The Lord's Prayer 2022: The Sacraments 2023: Ten Commandments