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National Youth Gathering

The next gathering will be in Houston, TX, from June 27–July 1 in 2018! Preparations will begin in 2017.

Why you should put the 2018 Gathering on the timeline of your faith journey. Get excited and join us in Houston!

June 27–July 1, 2018 in Houston, TX

The ELCA Youth Gathering for high school-age youth takes place every three years and is about faith formation, worship, study, fellowship, service and play. 

It is an opportunity for youth to engage with peers from across the United States and the world who share a common commitment and faith in Christ. 

The 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 discover their call to serve in the world — locally and globally.

On the days between Wednesday and Sunday, young people rotate through a variety of service learning experiences in the surrounding community. 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. 

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! 

Event Info

Where: Houston, TX
When: June 27–July 1, 2018
Who: Youth entering 9th–12th grade in the fall of 2018, plus 2018 graduates

Registration: Fill out registration worksheet and return with $150 non-refundable deposit (make checks out to First Lutheran) and turn into the church office.

Deadline for registration AND deposit is TBD: (sorry, NO exceptions for late deposit and paperwork). We will be submitting our group registration to the Gathering on October 15.

Estimated Cost of 2015 trip: 
Registration total: $325
Housing: $100 per night (4 nights in hotel)
Meals: $200  ($40 per day) 
Transportation: $200 per person
Rough total = $1,125

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