The synod Office for Children, Youth & Family Ministry (CYFM), functions as a source for program management for multiple generations, but also as a hub for resource sharing and connectivity to a variety of partner organizations that are all focused on a mission of accompanying youth & their families in faith formation. Here you will find a number of our ministry partners, with brief descriptions of their ministries and links to their websites, social media sites, and web resources. You will find that many of our events throughout the year are done in partnership or in cooperation with these organizations. Why re-invent a ministry if you can simply connect with one of these partners who have the resources to offer a ministry option that you, your youth and young adults, and their families might simply plug into?
LutheranHANDS was founded by two young adult leaders from Lower Susquehanna Synod. Friends since high school, they attended youth group together, camps at Nawakwa, and synod retreats. Following Hurricane Katrina along the U.S. Gulf Coast, Jesse & Mike began leading trips for their peers to help with clean-up and rebuilding efforts in Mississippi, and New Orleans, LA. Their mission and vision grew, and now LutheranHANDS is a 501c3 non-profit ministry that not only leads trips to help with disaster response across the United States, but also servant learning trips to areas of need domestically and internationally. Under the tagline, “Helping & Serving,” their multi-generational trips and servant learning curriculum’s are designed to assist congregations, their leaders, and their members, to access opportunities to serve in the manner of Christ.
To learn more about the ministry of LutheranHANDS, and to see announcements of upcoming trips like the service trip to Detroit, scheduled for July 2016, TWO trips for young adults to South Carolina & North Dakotaa, a mission trip to Maine and their partner trip with Tree 4 Hope to Guatemala, visit their website at: https://www.lutheranhands.org/, or connect with them on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/lutheranhands
Hope in Haiti
Their mission statement reads: “Hope in Haiti works to support Haitian founded organizations as they strive to promote education, job creation, quality medical care and to spread hope to fellow Haitians, knowing that the desire for change has to come from within.” Truth is, for over eight years they have been growing a relationship that has included annual trips to Institution Univers (IU), the Haitian school with whom we partner in Ouanaminthe, Haiti, and the exchange of resources and supplies to assist in the building of their school library, poultry farm and medical center, as well as the opportunity to host and sponsor alumni of IU, who are now attending colleges here in the United States.
Registration for their summer service trip to Institution Univers, normally opens on December 1. To keep up on events and activities, visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/110628194168/, Hope in Haiti’s Facebook page.
Tree 4 Hope is a nonprofit organization committed to providing a bright future of long term hope for children and their families in Africa, Central America, and around the world. Our community-based programs focus on education, occupational skills, clean water and agriculture. We design our projects to meet basic needs, build relationships, and promote cultural exchange, while empowering local communities and inspiring youth, both at home and abroad.
LutheranHANDS & Tree4Hope
Once again in 2016, Tree4Hope is partnering with LutheranHANDS, for a trip to Guatemala on August 7-14, 2016! Tree4Hope and LutheranHANDS will be serving in neighborhood villages around Antigua at a local orphanage offering VBS, sports programs and serving with the children, as well as helping to prepare meals for all ages.This trip is faith-based, and people of all beliefs are encouraged to attend. $1400 all-inclusive
July 24 – 31, 2016
Join us for a week of hard, rewarding work as we become the caregivers, cooks, laundry workers, and fill other vital roles at the orphanages while the staff takes a much needed vacation. Spanish speakers and adults are especially needed. If you would like more information or to register, email Tree4HopeDirector@gmail.com.
Lutheran Camping Corporation
Camps Kirchenwald, Nawakwa & the Wittel Farm
April 23, 2016: Work Day at all sites
April 24, 2016: Earth Day Celebration at Nawakwa & Kirchenwald
May 13, 2016: Lutheran Night at the Senators at City Island, Harrisburg
May 15, 2016: Summer Camp Kick-Off and Worship at Nawakwa
For a FULL schedule, visit: https://www.lutherancamping.org/events/
Our camps offer a wide array of programming for all ages that is available year-round! With weekend retreats and one-day events from September-May, including the Winter Retreat for 3rd – 9th graders, and Winter Fun Days, to a full summer season of resident and travel camps, there is something for everyone. Under the tagline, “In a place and time apart…” outdoor ministry sites have often been mentioned as the place where many of today’s church leaders first sensed their life’s vocational calling as young adults. While our office hosts a number of our annual youth and family ministry events at our camps, why not make it a point this winter to promote the summer camping opportunities to the children and youth of your congregation? It will help bridge the summer gap of Christian Ed and youth ministry programming in many congregations. Visit: http://lutherancamping.org/, for more details or to download their event schedule.
Office for Youth Ministry at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (LTSG) & Theological Education with Youth (TEY)
Long title, but simply put, these offices under the direction and care of Associate in Ministry Chelle Huth, are helping to equip youth in vocational and lifelong discernment (TEY), and youthworkers as they pursue continuing education in a seminary setting, both in a seminary classroom setting and through the certificate program known as Youth Ministry Certification (YMCS). Chelle is a veteran of children, youth and family ministry, having served a s a practitioner in congregational settings in both Christian education and youth and family ministry roles. Congregational youthworkers and volunteers can get Master’s degree level coursework, networking and practical, applicable knowledge by attending the annual Youth Ministry Certificate course, while youth with gifts for leadership and a spirit for the Word and service in the world will enjoy the annual TEY ministry events.
To learn more about TEY, visit: http://www.theologicaleducationwithyouth.com/
To learn more about the YM Certificate program and other continuing ed courses at the seminary, visit: