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The Kansas District offers a variety of opportunities that support and encourage young Lutherans in their faith, including the recurring events listed here. Details and announcements about these events will be added as they become available.
Junior High Rallies
The Kansas District hosts Junior High Rallies every fall, with music, mixers, and Bible study for grades 5–9. For 2020, there will be ONE RALLY ONLY at Shepherd’s Staff in Rexford (west location), October 2-3. The rally theme is “God’s War: The Rise of Identity,” based on 1 Sam. 16:7b: “For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.” All Kansas youth in grades 5-9 are invited to attend the rally in the west.
Additional details and registration information will be available soon.
Kansas District Youth Gathering (KDYG)
The Kansas District Youth Gathering (KDYG) is an annual multi-day event where youth in grades 9-12 and their youth leaders can grow in faith, serve, worship, and meet new people. KDYG is going digital for 2020! Join us online for a one-day event on Saturday, November 21 with our band, Bread of Stone, and speaker Pastor Scott Giger as we look at our theme, “Clearer Vision” from Hebrews 12:1-2. Join us as we walk through what it means to have our eyes truly fixed on Jesus Christ, the author and perfecter of our faith, and run with perseverance the race marked out before us!
More information will be available soon on the KDYG page on the Kansas District website. Registration opens Tuesday, September 15!
Lutheran Youth Representatives (LYR)
Lutheran Youth Representatives (LYR) offers Lutherans in grades 9 through 12 a chance to build connections, grow in faith, and develop leadership skills. Selected representatives participate in training, attend District events such as the Kansas District Youth Gathering (fall) and Teen Fellowship Retreat (spring), visit congregations, and apply what they’ve learned at their home churches.
Interested in joining LYR? Submit an application! You can find more details and application materials on the LYR page.
Higher Things Conference
Higher Things, a Recognized Service Organization (RSO) of the LCMS, exists “to assist parents, pastors, and congregations in cultivating a distinctly Lutheran identity among their youth and young adults.” Higher Things holds youth conferences each summer at locations around the country.
May 2020 Update: The 2020 conference, “Watermarked,” will be presented this year as a VIRTUAL CONFERENCE. Due to the pandemic, all four in-person conferences have been canceled.
The conference will be presented live August 6-7, 2020. If you aren’t able to join the live conference, you’ll be able to access content at a later date. General registration opens June 1 at www.higherthings.org.
Lutheran Valley Retreat Summer Camp
Every summer, the Kansas District sponsors Lutheran Valley Retreat (LVR) Summer Camp, a weeklong camp in Colorado for Lutheran youth. LVR encourages youth to stretch themselves by bonding with new friends and stepping out of their comfort zone by participating in physical challenges. The 2020 camp, scheduled for July 19-24, has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. Check back in January 2021 for details about future trips.
National Youth Gathering
Every three years, the LCMS hosts the National Youth Gathering, bringing together thousands (and thousands!) of Lutherans from around the country for five days of Christ-centered worship and service. The theme for the 2019 NYG, held in Minneapolis in July, was “Real. Present. God,” based on Psalm 46. The next NYG will be held July 9-13, 2022 in Houston, TX. We’ll post details as they become available
District Youth Protection Policy
Attention: Pastors and Youth Leaders of the Kansas District:
Too often we read of how the children entrusted to the care of adults have been let down and harmed by those who were meant to protect them. Such a thing grieves us all and in hindsight, we wish things were done to protect those children.
The Kansas District Youth Ministry Team is committed to being proactive in keeping the children with whom we come in contact as safe as we possibly can. To that end, the Kansas District Board of Directors has reviewed and updated our Youth Protection Policies. These policies, approved on April 25, 2014, are available below. The policies took effect on January 1, 2015 and apply to all District-sponsored youth events.
We ask for your cooperation in maintaining the appropriate background checks and documentation of all of the people in your ministry who are involved or come in contact with the children in your sphere of ministry. We strongly encourage each of you not only to cooperate with the policies but also to consider applying these same policies in your congregations in order to protect your adult volunteers who work with minors.
Because of the need for integrity, please understand that we’re following these policies as a best practice. We want to make sure that details are tended to properly so that none of our young people are excluded from our events.
If you have questions or need clarification, please feel free to contact the Department of Education & Youth at 785-357-4441, ext. 200.