Youth and Young Adults at General Synod

For General Synod 31, Rev. Dr. Barbara Kershner Daniel, Coordinator for Youth@Synod, is placing a new emphasis on integrating youth and their adult chaperones in the business of Synod along with activities designed for youth to connect faith and daily life, issues of justice, as well as leadership opportunities. Throughout our time together, we will explore how God dwells with us wherever we go, says Rev. Daniel. The big difference is those youth who want to participate in Youth@Synod do not have to be part of a formal Youth Group. Any person or group of kids between the ages of 13 and 18 can participate in the Youth@Synod program. The registration fee for this age group is $150 which includes lunches for those participating in the Youth@Synod program.

When the Synod is in plenary, youth will be in plenary. Youth will also be asked to attend committee meetings and hearings on specific topics in order to prepare a youth perspective to the Synod delegates.

Some highlights of what is currently planned for the Youth@Synod 2017:

• Designated youth area in the convention center – designed by Youth attendees! Please plan to arrive by 11:00 a.m. Friday if you would like to help design the space!
• Welcome to Synod and Synod 101
• Work project with a local state environmental center
• After Hours Dance
• Program with the American Visionary Art Museum – "Make Glad -- We Are All Creative"
• The Reformation Today – "Make Glad – Youth and Young Adults Transform the Church and the world." How Youth and Young Adults have been catalysts in peace and justice movements in history and today
• Youth attending Youth@Synod will identify three issues on the Synod agenda to explore in depth and then present a youth perspective of these issues to the plenary.
• Opportunities to hear guest speakers and engage on issues of peace and justice.
• Meet international guests attending Synod

Keep checking the General Synod Website Youth/YA tab for news and exact dates and times!

General Synod Youth Program Agenda

Detailed Youth Program Agenda

9:00 AM

Youth Welcome

Sign-in and help create the space. Youth will be encouraged to attend Synod Committee Sessions & Synod Hearings. 9:00 am - 2:00 pm. Youth Hall

1:00 PM

Educational Intensives in Session

Youth will be encouraged to attend Educational Intensives sessions. 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm. Level 300 Meeting Rooms.

2:30 PM

Opening Worship

Youth attend Opening Worship. 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm. Exhibit Hall F

3:45 PM

First Plenary

Youth attend Plenary #1. 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm. Exhibit Hall F

5:00 PM

Youth Hall opens

with Adult Pop In speakers. 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Youth Hall and Offsite

7:15 PM

Synod Committees in Session

Youth will be encouraged to attend Synod Committee sessions. 7:15 pm - 10:00 pm. Level 300 Meeting Rooms.

10:00 PM

Welcome to the Synod Youth Program

Music, Synod 101, get acquainted, games, evening prayer. 10:00 pm - 10:45 pm. Exhibit Hall G

7:30 AM

Gathering Time

Gathering Time and Greeting New Arrivals. 7:30 pm - 7:50 am. Youth Hall

8:00 AM

Second Plenary

Youth attend Plenary #2. 8:00 am - 11:30 am. Exhibit Hall F.

11:45 AM

Service Project

Youth Program Service Project to Gwynn Falls Leakin Park by bus. 11:45 am - 5:00 pm. Youth Hall & Offsite.

5:00 PM

Dinner on own

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Offsite.

7:00 PM


Reflect on Service Project and Plenary Issues - Pop In Speakers. Free time. 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm. Youth Hall.

8:30 PM

Youth Dance with DJ

8:30 pm - 10:45 pm. Youth Hall.

8:00 AM

Gathering Time and Morning Prayer

8:00 pm - 9:00 am. Youth Hall.

9:15 AM

American Visionary Art Museum

9:15 am - 12:00 pm. Offsite.

12:30 PM

Picnic Lunch Offsite

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm. Offsite

2:30 PM

Community Worship Service

Youth attend Community Worship. 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm. Exhibit Hall F.

4:45 PM

Free Time

Youth Hall Open - Pop In Speakers. 4:45 pm - 7:00 pm.

7:00 PM

Third Plenary

Youth attend Plenary #3. 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm. Exhibit Hall F.

10:00 PM

After Hours Activities

10:00 pm - 10:45 pm. Youth Hall.

7:30 AM

Gathering Time

7:30 am - 7:50 am. Youth Hall.

8:00 AM

Fourth Plenary

Youth attend Plenary #4. 8:00 am - 11:45 am. Exhibit Hall F.

12:00 PM

Lunch and Speaker (Peter Makari)

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm.

2:30 PM

Fifth Plenary

Youth attend Plenary #5. 2:30 pm - 4:45 pm. Exhibit Hall F.

5:00 PM

Free Time

Youth Hall and Offsite - Pop In Speakers. 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm.

7:00 PM

Sixth Plenary

Youth attend Plenary #6 and Worship. 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm. Exhibit Hall F.

10:00 PM

Closing activities

Goodbyes. 10:00 pm - 10:45 pm. Youth Hall.

7:30 AM

Gathering Time, Closing Blessing

7:30 am - 7:50 am. Youth Hall.

8:00 AM

Seventh Plenary

Youth attend Plenary #7, Clean Halls. 8:00 am - 12:00 pm. Exhibit Hall F.

12:00 PM

Clean Youth Hall - Lunch on own

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

1:00 PM

Youth attend Plenary #8 & Closing Worship

1:00 pm - 4:30 pm. Hall F & Youth Hall