The Central/Southern Illinois Synod encourages congregations to support their young people and their families as they grow together in faith, learning to follow Jesus.
- Children, Youth, and Families (CYF) programming is vital to helping children, teens, young adults and their families integrate into the larger, cross-generational community of the church.
- Creative CYF ministries resist the status quo and help churches stay relevant in changing times.
- CYF ministries that focus on inviting those who are not already part of the church into the deeper narrative of God’s plan are fulfilling the Great Commission.
In our experience, C/SIS congregations are eager for ideas and resources to help them create
- a safe, loving, and welcoming atmosphere where all generations are formed in their faith
- a variety of experiences that help young people and their families connect with God and one another, focusing on a strong sense of Christian community and belonging that is increasingly difficult to find elsewhere in the world today.
- interaction between young people and adults who authentically model the Christian faith
- fellowship, learning and service activities which involve fun, teamwork, a sense of worth and practical discipleship skills for carrying the message of Christ beyond the walls of our congregations into the world and into a faith that lasts a lifetime.
Lutheran Youth Organization Annual Gathering
Each mid-November, C/SIS LYO Planning Board provides the Synod Youth Gathering at Lake Williamson in Carlinville, Illinois welcoming junior high, senior high, and post-high participants. Synod Youth Gatherings are HIGH IMPACT opportunities for students to get away for an entire weekend to focus on their FAITH. Students who participate in synod events grow closer with FRIENDS from their own congregation and make many new friends. Synod events are also FUN! (Researched to be a major factor in successful faith formation for all ages!)
Students are led in small groups through the weekend by youth leaders and volunteers from around the synod. They experience a creative theme through Bible studies, and small group games and projects. The entire assembly gathers together for large group music, worship and meals. There is also some supervised free time to enjoy the fabulous retreat center activities (swimming pool, gym, climbing wall, etc). Participants sleep in dorm style cabins that hold six to eight youth and chaperones. Registration information usually arrives in C/SIS congregations in September. For more information, contact Cindy Svanda firstname.lastname@example.org