Held every three years since 1980, the LCMS Youth Gathering provides
thousands of youth and adults the opportunity to come together as a
community of God’s people to learn more about Jesus Christ, the
Christian faith and their Lutheran identity. The next Gathering will be
held on July 11-15, 2019 in Minneapolis, MN.
During the five days of the Gathering, youth and adults will spend time together in God’s word, worship, service, and fellowship with others from across the synod. This event is organized by LCMS Youth Ministry, Saint Louis, MO.
Pat Sebastian, Bethel Lutheran, Bismarck, is serving as ND District Coordinator for the National Youth Gathering. She is arranging transportation options, coordinating housing (seven congregations responded to the request that ND registrations be mailed in together so we will be assigned to the same hotel), a District event, District booth and providing training to adult leaders amongst other responsibilities. You can reach her via email email@example.com or (701) 281-1381 or (701) 471-3289 with any questions or concerns.
Once final registration information is available, motor coach options offered will likely include one or two motor coaches traveling to Minneapolis. Motorcoach travel will likely look like this:
Tues, July 9 Travel to MSP
Wed, Jul 10 Event in the MSP area (e.g. ValleyFair, maybe a City tour, concert, etc.) and early registration at the MSP Convention Center
Thurs, Jul 11 Free day until NYG begins
Mon, July 15 Possible event at Concordia St. Paul. Depart MSP
Register by March 1 to avoid late fee
It is not too late to register for the Gathering! The registration fee is $365 until March 1. The fee includes This fee covers all Gathering program and Office of National Mission Youth Ministry administrative costs; participant items like the Gathering Bible, backpack, and Post-Gathering resources; and secondary insurance for all participants. Hotel, travel and meal costs are not included in the registration fee. Estimated cost for the entire trip is $1,000-$1,200. After March 1, participants will be admitted to the Gathering on a space available basis for the late registration fee of $400.
Registrations materials and tons of other information including Adult Leader Resources and Bible Study Resources can be found at http://www.lcmsgathering.com/
Choir and Wind Symphony auditions due April 22
The LCMS Youth Gathering will conclude with the Divine Service Worship. Over 20,000 people will join in worshiping our God and Savior. Youth have the opportunity to be involved in sharing their artistic gifts and talents through participating in the Gathering Choir or Wind Symphony.
All applications and audition videos must be submitted online by April 22. Applicants will be notified by May 22 of their selection. Members of the choir and wind symphony will receive a pack of music and CD so the music can be learned in advance of the Gathering.
Members are expected to attend rehearsals at the Hyatt Regency from 3:45-5:15 PM on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. There will be a final rehearsal at the U.S. Bank Stadium early Monday morning. Rehearsals will not conflict with other Gathering programming.
The choir and wind symphony will participate in the Monday morning worship service on July 15, 2019.
Your District Coordinator is willing to accompany students to rehearsals so adult leaders are available for the rest of their family group.
Watch the North Dakota District LYF Facebook page for upcoming announcements!