About the Synod Youth Gathering
Join youth from across the South Dakota Synod on Monday, July 25th at Augustana University for a day of worship, service learning, food, fellowship, and learning about God’s Boundless love.
Monday, July 25, 2022
12 Noon – 9 PM CT
(Full Schedule Below)
Campus Green between Edith Mortenson Center, Granskou, and Stavig Hall
Sioux Falls, SD 57197
Contact our Synod Youth Gathering Coordinator, Tami Steffensen, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mae Hellen Jackson
ELCA Young Adult Outreach and Placement Manager
(Bio coming soon)
What to bring
Picnic blankets, lawn chairs, sunscreen, anything to make your kids’
“Camp-spot” for the day fun with pop-up tent covers, beach towels, your church’s feather flag or banner, maybe?! (Please just be mindful of the breezes that blow!)
Where to stay
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
Gloria Dei is happy to host groups overnight (located at 5500 East 57th Street Sioux Falls SD 57108).
They have a gym, youth room, a couple of showers, and offers a beautiful setting with very hard floors for resting!
Springhill Suites by Marriott 4304 W Empire Pl. Sioux Falls
We have negotiated a special rate just for our Gathering. King Room (sleeps 4) for $133 or Double Queen Room (sleeps 6) for $144. Hot Breakfast! Pool! Close to the mall & food! Call (605) 444-4200 for reservations. Mention SD Youth Gathering when booking. Or book by clicking HERE.
Extended stays available. Book by June 20th!
Extend Your Stay
Extend your stay in Sioux Falls and explore these opportunities for service and fun with your youth:
Summer Missions week of July 24-29. You are welcome to join for any or all days.
The cost for the week is $250 and/or $65 per day which includes all meals, leadership, and service projects (half days will be adjusted).
Some opportunities may shift as registration numbers come in, but most are committed for any size group.
Additional Things to Do in Sioux Falls
Lunch (in Morrison Commons)
Music, Scavenger Hunt, and Ice Breakers
Welcome and Introductions
Opening Worship – Led by our friends at Lutherans Outdoors!
Intro to Neighbors in Solidarity & On-Site Service Projects
Keynote Speaker – Willette Capers
Mix and Mingle Break
LuMin Small Group Activities
Speaker – Mae Helen Jackson Churchwide Young Adult Ministries
5:30 – 6:30 PM
Dinner Break/Finish up Service Projects
Majority Rules Game Show
Message from Bishop Constanze Hagmaier
Sending Worship with Holy Communion
Sock Up Minneapolis!
Bishop Constanze has committed to helping our neighbors in the Minneapolis Area Synod to “Sock up Minneapolis.” This donation drive was originally going to collect donations of socks for those in need during the now canceled ELCA Youth Gathering this summer in Minneapolis.
We are asking congregations to prayerfully consider making a financial contribution to The Drawer ministry. We will get your donations to our next-door neighbors so this ministry opportunity can continue! Thank you!
The Drawer is an enlivening and empowering organization not only for the recipients of the product, but also to every person whose life somehow intersects with The Drawer. We understand a communal need that goes beyond socks and underwear. A need for the power of community. A need to act in the world. A need to pass on the faith in humankind. Stew and Debby Shepard, the power couple behind The Drawer, recognized these needs and had a desire to create a place where everyone is welcome. No exceptions. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Share your gifts
Donate using the link below, and select “Sock Up Minneapolis.” Your donation will be directed to The Drawer.