2019 Middle School Gathering: November 22-23 OR 23-24, 2019 Cragun's Resort, Brainerd
2019 Confirmation Theme: The Ten Commandments
The Middle School Gathering is for youth in grades 6-9 and their adult leaders. This event gathers young people to grow in their faith by focusing on common confirmation teachings presented in a unique way (see rotation below). The event includes large group assemblies with a keynote speaker and band, learning clusters (small group learning), family time (time to meet with your church group), hotel life (fun activities including inflatable games, basketball, swimming pool Wii, board games and crafts, prayer room, dance music and more), and worship.
This year the Middle School Gathering focuses on the Ten Commandments. God has a dream for you and for our whole world, that we live together in peace, harmony, unity...working together for the good of each other and the world. The Ten Commandments give us a way to Live God's Dream!
Speaker Tiger McLuen is the Executive Director of Youth Ministry Consultants. Tiger has served in the church, was an instructor at two seminaries, led Youth Leadership for 29 years and is a nationally known speaker and teacher. He is also the author of a couple of book and some articles – but mostly he’s a youth leader who loves being in a room full of youth. Tiger and Sue have been married for 42 years and have 4 grown children and 9 grandchildren. When Tiger isn’t speaking or coaching—you can find him working around the house, riding his motorcycle, boating/skiing, sneaking out to a matinee movie or eating healthy food at a variety of fast food places.
Early Registration: $67 if postmarked on or before Oct. 24, 2019 Standard Registration: $77 if postmarked on or after Oct. 25, 2019 Registration opens October 1, 2019. Last day to register: November 11, 2019 (postmarked) or when event fills, whichever comes first. Please note that this event often fills before the close of registration!
Adult Leader Job Description Expectations of Adult Leaders and tips from experienced Adult Leaders. (Reads best if printed back to back, folded in half.)
Adult Leader Step by Step Guide to the MSG This Guide gives a step by step outline of how to lead your group through the Middle School Gathering. A hard copy brochure of the guide will be in your registration packet when you arrive.
Family Time Discussion Guide Family Time is your opportunity to meet with your group during the event to discuss what youth are experiencing and learning. Copies of the discussion guide and handout will be included in your registration packet at Cragun's, but you may wish to download early to prepare!
Discipline Guidelines Discipline issues are a rare occurrence at the Middle School Gathering. But when they do occur, the LYO Board wants congregations to know how we will support you through the experience and how we will work with you to determine which actions to take.
STEP THREE: Collect Forms There are two forms needed for participation at the Middle School Gathering:
1.Health and Release Form: Due November 11 Youth AND Adult Leaders need to submit a Health and Release Form. Parents and Adult Leaders can either fill out the online or paper version.
Online Release Form: Use this link to have parents/leaders fill out the Health and Release Form online no later than November 11. Parents must have the Primary Leader email address to submit forms online! You can also give parents the direct link: www.nemnsynod.org/MSGRelease
Paper Release Form: Use this link to download a paper version of the Health and Release Form for parents/leaders to sign and fill out, and mail to the synod office no later than November 11.
Be sure to discuss the covenant with your group before signing
STEP FOUR: Changes to Your Registration Click on the "Changes Form" button below if you would like to make an addition, substitution, cancellation or add pizzas to your registration. All substitutions must be same gender unless pre-approved by the registrar. Email MSG@nemnsynod.org to receive approval.
Step Five: Download Confirmation Packet Beginning November 1, use the links to the left to download the Confirmation Packet and other helpful information. Read through this material carefully and share with your adult leaders and parents.
Confirmation Theme Rotation 2019: Ten Commandments 2020: The Apostle's Creed 2021: The Lord's Prayer 2022: The Sacraments
Resources from the 2017 Middle School Gathering! We encourage you to keep learning and growing in prayer practices as you return home! Below are the resources we used this weekend to help youth grow in prayer and faith formation!