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Youth Ministry

The Rev. Dave Delaney

Director for Youth & Young Adult Ministry
(w) 540-389-1000
(c) 540-529-6893
P.O. Box 70
Salem, VA  24153

The Virginia Synod has canceled all in-person events sponsored by the Synod until at least Phase 3 of Virginia’s Reopening Plan. Even then, we will need to consider carefully whether gathering our members in large groups will be the wisest and safest way for us to continue our ministry together until additional safety features are in place.

The Youth Ministry Committee of the Virginia Synod has been considering our options for the coming program year – mainly, whether and how to hold our weekend events (Lost and Found, Winter Celebration, and Seventh Day). We want our members and particularly the Lutheran youth of Virginia to know that this conversation is continuing. We are unlikely, however, to have sufficient information to make decisions about in-person gatherings until at least September, 2020. In the meantime, we will continue to offer various online alternatives to our usual in-person events and be supportive of congregational youth and youth leaders in whatever way we can.

Our schedule includes:

Virtual Youth Assembly – Saturday, June 13, 2020 – 1:00-3:30 – including a Virtual Baccalaureate from 3:00-3:15 for all 2020 graduating high school seniors in the Synod.

Virtual Kairos – July 19-23 (Sunday evening through Thursday morning) – three large online gatherings during each day, along with small groups, and many of the other usual features: daily prayer, senior faith testimonies, open talent mike show, and much more! Registration information available very soon!

Virtual LAUNCH – TBA – We are planning to offer an opportunity for our graduated seniors to gather online for a three day event where we will consider issues of tending your faith vocational discernment as you enter your next phase of life. This will be useful for you whether you are headed to the workforce, military, gap year, college, or whatever. Dates and registration information will be available soon!

Event Payment for Congregational Groups
Youth Event Leaders Information and Background Check

Upcoming Youth and Young Adult Events

Annual Youth and Young Adult Events


In-person Youth Assembly has been canceled for 2020

Watch for information on a “Virtual Youth Assembly” for June 13, 2020!

Held at Roanoke College. Each congregation of the Synod is invited to send two delegates to the Youth Assembly. After May 9 congregations may send an additional delegate if there is space.

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In-person Kairos (originally scheduled for June 21-26) has been canceled for 2020.


For rising 9th through 12th graders, held at Roanoke College. Application forms available starting February 2019 and due back to the Synod office by March 2019. Capacity is Limited!

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In-person LAUNCH (originally scheduled for July 5-9) has been canceled for 2020.

Watch for some additional online gathering opportunities for graduating seniors later in the Summer!

For just graduated high school seniors, held at Roanoke College. Registration deadline is June, 2018.

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July 19-24, 2020

Junior High Servant Event is a week-long servant event for Youth who have completed the 6th, 7th, or 8th grade, and their adult advisors and focuses on learning about the needs of others, serving and growing in faith. We spend the week together experiencing the Christian life through worship, fellowship, and service. Of course, being in Virginia Beach, we will also spend some time having fun at the water’s edge.

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July 28- August 3, 2019

For rising 10th-12th graders at Roanoke College. Ask the big questions Live on campus for a week Learn with professors and Roanoke College students.

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November 22-24, 2019

For 7th and 8th graders and their adult advisors at Eagle Eyrie Conference Center, Lynchburg VA.

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January 24-26, 2020

For 9th through 12th graders and their adult advisors at Eagle Eyrie Conference Center, Lynchburg VA.

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7th DAY

March 7-8, 2020

7th Day is our annual overnight event for youth in 5th and 6th grades and their adult advisers. During the weekend participants are part if a “Shepherd Group”with other youth and adult leaders and explore a story of the Bible through drama, games, crafts and music.

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March 14, 2020

Bishop’s Day is our opportunity to gather for a chance to converse with Bishop Bob Humphrey, Assistants to the Bishop Pastor Kelly Bayer Derrick, Pastor John Wertz Jr., and other leaders about discerning one’s life’s vocation, including learning about what it means to be in public ministry in the church.

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December 13-15, 2019

Young adults of the Virginia Synod are invited to the Young Adult Retreat weekend at Caroline Furnace on December 13-15, 2019! Join us for an amazing weekend full of worship and fellowship as we gather in community to form connections and empower one another in our faith lives.

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June 14-19, 2020 

For more than 25 years Region 9 of the ELCA has offered Bishop’s School, an opportunity for serious theological study, for outstanding high school students.

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PDF Icon100 Bible Passages  Everyone Should Know
PDF IconWho is a “Definitely-Abled” Participant?
PDF IconGuidelines for  Mandated Reporters
PDF Icon2019-2020 Youth Event Poster
PDF IconGroup Registration Form for Congregations
link iconSevere Weather Policy for Youth Events
link iconFor more information about Eagle Eyrie Conference Center, go to
link iconIf you want to be a Small Group Leader at Virginia Synod Youth Events: Go to Youth Ministry Leaders for Forms and Info
link iconELC-PNG has two Facebook groups to connect you with our sisters and brothers in Papua New Guinea. PNG Lutheran Youths and ELC PNG Youth Discussions

“AmbassadorCast” is the official podcast of ELCA Virginia Synod Youth and Young Adult Ministry. Click the photo to listen to or download all episodes or connect to I-Tunes.