Road to the Gathering
Join DCE Brian Steward as he prepares for the National LCMS Youth Gathering in San Antonio, Texas, July 1-5, 2013.
Where Are You Staying?
This has been a question that I have been asked quite a bit in the last few weeks. By now, you should have received your National Youth Gathering confirmation letter along with your housing confirmation. This is such an exciting letter! It makes it official--you are going to the Gathering! Not so fast, though, as there are a few things that you should do before you start celebrating.
Questions to Answer
I thought it would be interesting to hear what my students were wondering concerning the upcoming Youth Gathering. So, I asked them one question: "What do you want to know before we go to the Gathering?" I decided to share some of their responses with you. I thought maybe your youth might have some similar questions.
If you are like me, when you are planning something that is not happening until next year, you may put things off. As a youth director, there are so many activities to plan and execute day-to-day, week-to-week and month-to-month. So even though bigger events need to be planned months or even a year or two in advance, it's easy to place those on the back burner. That was my case in 2012 for the National Youth Gathering and maybe it was yours too. But, with the calendar turning to 2013, we are now in the Gathering year!
To Fly or Not To Fly
Maybe some of you are like me and haven't figured out yet how you are getting to the National Youth Gathering! We are signed up, but we are still trying to decide if we are going to fly or if we are going to drive. Many of you are within driving distance, so it's not a big decision. But, for us who live many miles away, the decision becomes very unclear. Should we fly or should we drive? As you decide what is the best option for your group, here are a couple of my pros and cons for each, and with that information, I hope you can begin to make that decision for yourselves!
Registration is Not Over Yet
Priority Registration for the 2013 National Youth Gathering in San Antonio, Texas, is now over. But, there is still time to get registered for the Gathering. In fact, you have until March 1, 2013, to register for the on-time registration fee of $295 per person. And, you have until May 1, 2013, to register at the late fee of $345 per person. But after that, registration will be closed.
Oh, the Memories!
In preparing for one of our recent Youth Gathering meetings here at church, I thought that maybe I should show our group a video of past Gatherings in order to show them what exactly happens at the Gathering. It's one thing to talk about how great the Gatherings are, but it's another thing to show it!
Registration Made Easy
If you are like me, paperwork seems to keep piling up and it never seems to quit. The life of a youth worker seems to be full of Bibles, pizzas, sodas, dodge balls and paperwork! Yes, it is necessary, but just sometimes -seems like a pain.
By now, we hope you have received some Pre-Gathering materials. You also will be given a DVDROM that includes the Introduction Gathering Video. If you haven't received these yet, no worries. You can get all the info you need on the Gathering website.
There are many facets to the LCMS National Youth Gathering, and one of the most important ones is pre-planning. Taking students to the Youth Gathering is something that you need to plan for many months in advance. In order to start, I recommend that you begin by going on the Gathering website, and especially familiarizing yourself with the resources page. There you will find countless resources-- (fundraising tips, registration information and community life resources just to name a few!) In this blog, I will also give you other tips and resources that will help you as you begin to prepare for this very important and impact-full experience.
In the summer of 1995, I was a 17 year old with a lot of dreams and goals, but with not much of a foundation. I was a member of the Catholic Church, but I wasn't active in the church and didn't really want to be there. A few of my friends were going to the Lutheran youth gathering in San Antonio, Texas. They INVITED me to go and I thought that would be awesome--a trip with my friends to a far-away place I had never been... Yep, that was definitely something I was interested in!
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