LYO Assembly happens in February and runs the entire weekend. The Lutheran Youth Organization (LYO) of the North Carolina Synod is open to all youth in grades 6-12. Youth are members by virtue of being a member of any NC Synod ELCA congregation. Every year, Lutheran youth across North Carolina gather in February for an assembly. At LYO Assembly, youth spend time with each other in small groups, singing with the band and growing in faith.
The strength of LYO in North Carolina comes from the youth themselves. The LYO Board (board members are grades 9-12) is always youth-planned and youth-led. As adult leaders we work hard to create an environment that nurtures and grows faith and develops all youth as leaders. For more information or questions about the LYO Board, please contact the LYO Board Advisers Cathryn Hewett and Kai Thurow.
ELCA Youth Gathering
June 29 – July 3, 2021 we will be gathering in Minneapolis for the ELCA Youth Gathering. Every three years, 30,000 high school youth and their adult leaders gather for a week of faith formation known as the ELCA Youth Gathering. Through days spent in interactive learning, worship, Bible study, service and fellowship, young people grow in faith and are challenged and inspired to live their faith in their daily lives. For more information, check out the ELCA’s website: www.elca.org/gathering
Outdoor Ministry Programs
As a synod, we are blessed to have two wonderful ELCA Outdoor Ministry Camps right in our backyard – Agapé Kure Beach Ministries and NovusWay Ministries – check out their offerings below for high-school aged youth!
BYG-est Retreat (Building Youth Groups)
Would you like the opportunity to get to know your high school youth group kids a little better? Agapé Kure Beach Ministries is proud to offer BYG-est, the high school version of our growing Building Youth Groups program. Bring your youth group to our Kure Beach facility and participate in games, team building activities, devotions, bible studies, discussions, and lots of beach fun. Our quality counselors will be in charge of the group, so you can enjoy getting to know your youth.
Faith Alive Campfirmation Retreats
Four weekends – seven retreats covering each part of the small catechism + Luther/Reformation History. Experiential learning leaves lasting lessons and builds relationships. Creative worship, crafts, songs, games and a campfire create an experience long remembered. Lutheridge staff provide supervision for campers, sharing their faithful witness. Come alone or with a group. Lessons are geared to middle school, but 5th graders and high school youth are welcome. Adults are encouraged, but not required to attend with their youth. Pastors Mary and Tim Canniff-Kuhn provide leadership for all retreats with involvement from other teachers.
For more information and to register, check out NovusWay’s website!
It is the expectation of the NC Synod that all adults bringing youth to any synodical event would have completed some form of child protection training and have a recent background check on file with their congregation (current within the last three years).
You can use Safe Gatherings (www.safegatherings.com) to provide both the training and background checks. Please plan to complete this training a week prior to any event. You do not need your congregational log in to do the training. The log in credentials sent to your pastor are for congregational administration only. To start, just click the red “get started” button and click Lutheran, North Carolina and then your congregation should appear when you start typing.
If your congregation uses another system, please submit the form below for certification. Safe Gatherings is not the required system.