2015 ELCA Youth Gathering
The Youth Group at St. John’s is a group of caring and committed young people. Youth Group is open to students in grades seven through twelve.
The goal of the Youth Group is to help our young people grow in their Christian faith and develop life-long friendships. We offer a variety of activities from the strictly fun (bowling, movie night, concerts) to the community-minded. Our young people can be found helping on the Midnight Runs (trips into Manhattan to feed and clothe the homeless), serving at church functions, and assisting our Sunday School teachers.
We are proud to send a contingent of our young people to each triennial ELCA All Youth Gathering. It is an inspirational and life-altering experience.
Every three years, the ELCA gathers Lutheran youth from around the country for an amazing, energizing, engaging, and spiritual experience. The Gathering meets in a different city each time; with preference given to cities that could really use the tourist dollars and volunteer help. Hence, Detroit!
While in Detroit, we will have opportunities to worship, learn, explore, and volunteer. Together with other members of the Metro New York Synod, we will participate in a Day of Service. Last time, in New Orleans, our group helped put on a book fair at a small church on the outskirts of the city.
It’s truly a life-changing experience for all who participate!
ELCA Youth Ministry
Faith Lens: (On the ELCA Youth Ministries Web Site)
The purpose of Faith Lens is to discuss with young people the current events of the week, looking at the events through the lens of faith–faith that is shaped by Word and Sacrament. Faith Lens uses scripture from the upcoming Sunday. Faith Lens looks at news and stories from local and state levels that are at the forefront of current events.