Southeastern Synod Youth and Young Adult Ministry

 



Nativity Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, GA entered into a ministry 3 years ago to provide mentoring, food, clothing and compassion to a group of families living in a mobile home park close to the church.  They started providing school supplies for the children in elementary, middle and high school and then Christmas clothing and presents.  
 
 
When school is out in the summer Nativity folks pick up school lunches from the local high school and deliver them to the "community center" trailer where the mentoring is done during the year.  The children get a balanced meal and a chance to sit down with other children/youth and talk, do crafts and "be kids." When the county stops providing the meals in July before school starts back,  or on Fall and Spring Break, individuals at Nativity pack lunches with hot dogs or hamburgers, sandwiches, chips, a drink and a cookie or dessert bar.  

Over the past three years, relationships have been formed, trust has developed and the Kingdom of God is recognized in this place. One of the coordinators, Jessie Aukes, said that,  "While we don't have church with the youth (most of them go to the Catholic church) we do answer their questions about faith and God. We provide a presence that is grace-filled and accepting as these young people navigate life without the extras that many kids they go to school with, have."

We learn as much from them as they do from us.  The "Community Center" has a pavilion for eating out on nice days, a play ground, a basketball hoop and a trailer with bathrooms, a "living room" and a tv for watching movies.  We make popcorn and let the kids relax with friends their ages.  We even planted vegetables this spring that the families could harvest when they come to the food pantry located in the Community center."
 
-- Pr. Patti Axel, Assistant to the Bishop / Director for Evangelical Mission

ALL TENNESSEE 2020 - November 14

Times: tba

For a HYBRID event (part in-home / part online)

For all youth in 6th through 12th grades

 

Cost?  FREE, since this event is a hybrid event, with part in-person / part-online

Who Can Come?  This gathering is for 6th-12th graders from congregations in the WHOLE SOUTHEASTERN SYNOD,

but especially for the Lutherans and friends of TENNESSEE. ALL are welcome.

In the midst of COVID-19, we are all looking for a way to share God's love with everyone.

We are wondering how to Accept.  Embrace.  Spread Grace.

We are combining some online events with some in-home activities to engage in All TN this year.

REGISTRATION COMING SOON!!!

To see information from prior years, scroll down...


ALL TENNESSEE 2019 - November 9-10

Check out the pictures from 2019 All TN HERE

All TN 2019 took place at Trinity LC, Tullahoma, TN


ALL TENNESSEE 2018

122 youth and adults met November 10 & 11 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hixson, Tennessee for All Tennessee.  During the event youth from across Tennessee gathered to learn more about the "GODISNOWHERE" theme by participating in different activities throughout Saturday afternoon.  Youth looked at where God was through an interactive Stations of the Cross activity, they also got to ask Pastor Ed Myers and Pastor Katherine Museus any question they wanted to ask, they learned about how we can be God's hands in the midst of disasters through the work of Lutheran Disaster Relief and put together hygiene kits for Lutheran World Relief.  To finish out their service that day they moved mulch on to the church's playground.  Worship started with a group of youth from Christ Kiswahili Lutheran Mission leading in song and during the confession participants were invited to take a piece of string to represent their confession and tie it on nails that formed "GODISNOWHERE" - a powerful way to see that God comes to us in the midst of our brokenness and as we communed together we saw God come once again in the body and blood of Christ. Special thanks to the volunteers of Trinity Lutheran Church for their hospitality and meals, as well as the ALL Tennessee planning team for their hard work putting it all together.