The next ELCA Youth Gathering will be held on
June 27 - July 1, 2018 in Houston, Texas
The ELCA Youth Gathering for high school-age youth is about faith formation, worship, study, fellowship, service and play. It takes place every three years and is an incredible opportunity for youth to engage with peers from across the United States, and even the world, who share a common commitment and faith in Christ. More than 30,000 are expected to gather for daily events.
Students in grades 8-12 during the 2017-18 school year are eligible to attend. Students should plan to participate from June 27-July 1, 2018, plus 1-2 days before and after for travel. Deadline for registration with completed interest form is October 31, 2017.
What happens during the ELCA Youth Gathering?
The Youth Gathering is a five-day event that begins on a Wednesday evening and ends with a service of communion the following Sunday morning. The opening night sets the stage for the days ahead in which young people may have an encounter with Jesus that energizes their faith and helps them further discover their call to live and serve in the world — locally and globally.
On the days between Wednesday and Sunday, young people rotate through a variety of interactive learning experiences: they explore and strengthen their faith by studying God's word, serving their neighbor, sharing bread and wine in worship, participating in lively faith discussions and broadening their experience of God's world and diverse communities through travel.
Why gather together for the ELCA Youth Gathering?
When the question "Why work so hard to gather so many young people in one place?" pops up, the response is really quite simple: We were meant to be together, and we are a church that believes God is calling us into the world — together. So every now and then, we gather young people and adults together to share their unique stories and to experience the larger story that makes up the ELCA. We gather to be inspired, encouraged, strengthened, connected and sent out to do God's work in the world — together!
I am interested. What should I do now?
We are so excited that you are interested in joining us at the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering. It is sure to be an amazing time! To reserve your spot, fill out the interest form below. A registration fee of $350 is due by October 30. There are estimated additional costs of $1200 per person. Saint Luke is committed to making this event affordable for every young person. Each family pledges what portion they can contribute and then we determine our fundraising goal for the year.
If you have questions, please feel free to contact us.