WHAT:  LCMS National Youth Gathering

WHEN:  July 16-20, 2016

WHERE:  New Orleans

Held every three years, the LCMS Youth Gathering provides thousands of youth and adults the opportunity to come together as a community of God’s people to learn more about Jesus Christ, the Christian faith and their Lutheran identity. During the five days of the Gathering, youth spend time together in God’s Word, worship, service and fellowship with others from across the synod. This event is organized by LCMS Youth Ministry in St. Louis.

Kansas District Coordinators for NYG

If you would like to receive email updates in regard to the 2016 NYG, please send your email information to Arleata@RisenSavior.net

If you have questions about your Kansas District Registrations, please contact Kate Soeken
at 620-564-2044 or dce@stjohn-lutheran.org



Please wear your Kansas District T-shirt (if you ordered one) to the Mass Event on that day!  


The Kansas District has the opportunity help with a special ingathering to help create 500 hygiene kits to be given to LINC New Orleans to distribute!  LINC New Orleans partners with churches and agencies all around the city who work with low income and under-served neighbors.  They work with housing issues, conflict resolution and child care in poor neighborhoods. 

As a District, we have been asked to provide individually wrapped toothbrushes and regular sized toothpaste!  If you are participating with the Kansas District Servant Event on Friday morning, July 15, you may bring your ingathering to the Convention Center with you.  If you are not participating with the Servant Event, please bring your ingathering to the Convention Center when you register for the Gathering.  These kits will be put together during the Gathering.


Our Kansas District Booth Coordinators, Kenneth and Vicki Lessman, are looking for your help with our booth during the NYG! The booth will be open from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday during the Gathering.  If your youth group is interested in signing up to be at the booth during the Gathering or if you have questions about the booth, you may contact Vicki at vlessman@cox.net or come to the booth and sign up during the Gathering to get on the schedule!  We are asking for 1-2 adults and 4 youth to sign up together.  Each group would receive on-site training.  Youth Groups from all across Kansas have had a great time taking turns at the booth.  


An email has been sent out to all Primary Adult Leaders about what day and time your group will be going on the Swamp Tour.  If you have not received that information please contact us.  


We will be helping with preparations for the National Youth Gathering! A sandwich lunch will be provided at noon. We will meet in the Atrium Area of the Convention Center at 9:00 a.m. to get our “assignments” for the morning. We will be breaking down into smaller groups to be able to accomplish the projects. The Convention Center is within walking distance from your hotel.

▸Date: Friday, July 15th

▸Time: 9:00 a.m. - noon

Box Lunches will be available to all Servant Event Participants at the Mississippi River Heritage Park, directly across the street from the Convention Center. The lunches will be ordered from HoneyBaked Ham.  You may choose to eat your lunch in the park or take the lunches back to your hotel. The lunch will include a sandwich, chips, cookie and a bottle of water.

▸Number Registered for this event: 200


  • Homeless Policy

  • Photo Release 
    As district coordinators we want to use your photo's to promote future Gatherings. We need each youth to have a photo release form filled out. Each congregation is to keep this form on file for their groups.  Please let us know if you have someone who can't be photographed. We also ask if you have someone in that situation please help us by making sure they aren't in official pictures.  

The T-shirts have been ordered!  

You will receive notification of when and where they will be available for you to pick up.  

647 T-Shirts have been ordered!

KANLCMS National Youth Gathering Website

Check out the Gathering Web Site, www.lcmsgathering.com for updates. The Gathering Website is easy to navigate, so sit back and take some time NOW to look it over.  

Here’s some of the information you will find:

  • Registration for the Gathering opens in October of 2015! Estimated registration fee is $325.
  • The application process for Young Adult Volunteers (“Orange Shirts,” YAV’S ages 19-25) is open.
  • Frequently asked Questions
  • Bible Study Resources
  • Financial Information which includes a Gathering Budget Worksheet and FUNraising Ideas
  • Information about New Orleans
  • Important Dates
  • A Gathering Schedule
  • How to sign up for Gathering Updates
  • Publicity Ideas
  • And much more!   

Be sure to follow all Kansas District Activities on the following (this includes NYG!) 

Facebook - Kansas LYF

Twitter - Kansas District LYF


Be sure to like NYG Adult Leaders on Facebook! You will find helpful information there too! 

 Did You Know...

  • New Orleans is home to the longest continuous bridge in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.  It is the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway. 

  • The Superdome is called that for a reason– it is the largest enclosed arena in the world.

  • New Orleans has some amazing food.  It is know for its Creole Cuisine.  Make sure to try some jambalaya and fried alligator! 

  • When you drive by cemeteries in New Orleans all the graves are above ground. New Orleans is famous for the beignets.  Beignets are sweet deep fried dough and topped of with powered sugar. 

  • Jazz, Rock and Roll, and Blues music all got there start in New Orleans. 

  • When someone says “Where y’at?” they don't want to know where you physically are.  They are asking how are you doing.

  • That grassy terrain between the two lanes of a boulevard is called the “neutral ground.”

Restaurants to try while in New Orleans...

  • The Ruby Slipper Cafe–only serves breakfast & lunch
  • Café Du Monde-beignets and  coffee
  • Johnny’s Po’ Boys– Po Boys (sandwiches)
  • Mr. B’s– Creole comfort food
  • Mother’s– Soul Food
  • Royal House Oyster Bar– Seafood
  • Red Fish Grill– Seafood
  • Dat Dog– Hotdogs anyway you can think of
  • Mulates– Creole Cuisine
  • Willie Mae’s Scotch House– Fried Chicken
  • The Palace Caféé– Creole Cuisine
  • The Gumbo Shop– Gumbo

 Background Checks 

The Kansas District LCMS now requires Kansas District congregations to obtain screening and background checks for all adult leaders that attend District sponsored youth events, including the District Youth Gathering; Junior High Rallies; Lutheran Valley Retreat summer camps; and, the Teen Fellowship Retreat. Please make sure your church has conducted a background check for all adults who chaperone youth attending these events and maintain this information locally. This is a best practice. 

 Thank you for your cooperation!