What Defines “Young Adult”?
Ask most ELCA Lutherans, and you will get a lot of different opinions on what defines “young adults.” In many settings these are adults who have graduated from high school through age 26, and in some places as old as age 30. But the reality is that ministry with people in their late teens and 20’s can vary depending upon marital status, whether the person has a child or not, if they are attending college or trade school, working full-time or holding down two or three part-time jobs simply to stay afloat financially. Like any age group, there are lots of different needs, and as faith mentors we need to respond with a variety of opportunities for exploring faith formation, worship, and Christian service.
Variety of Young Adult Ministry in Lower Susquehanna
One size does NOT fit all. In Lower Susquehanna Synod, a number of ministries are blossoming that target “young adults,” and we will do our best to link those to this page, so that if you are looking for an opportunity for gathering in community with peers, you have some options. However, a new option is emerging out of our Office for Children, Youth & Family Ministry, under the leadership of Darren Hamric, a Susquehanna University student, and a member at Ascension Lutheran in Willow Street. Darren has developed two social media outlets for sharing information, and is helping to shepherd a number of upcoming events geared towards 18-24 year-old’s in our synod.
Young Adult Retreat: May 20-22,2016
Young Adults & LutheranHANDS
LutheranHANDS is an organization stared by young adults from Lower Susquehanna Synod that now has a much broader reach across the ELCA. However, they are still based here in central Pennsylvania and offer trips that are primarily attended by youth, young adults, and adults from our synod. LutheranHANDS is offering two trips in 2016 specifically designed for young adults, plus a number of other trips available to all generations. To learn more about these trips and the mission of LutheranHANDS, visit: https://www.lutheranhands.org/
Young Adult Trips for 2016:
May 24-29; South Carolina (flood recovery with St Bernard Project)
July 17-22: NorthDakota (serving with families from the Fort Berthold Reservation)