Experiencing CLAY–Trinity, Starbuck

Submitted by Brianna Houde, Trinity Lutheran Church, Starbuck

CLAY 2021 took place from August 20-22. Although we were supposed to be in Calgary gathering with youth across the country, we felt fortunate to be able to gather in person as a youth group for the first time in over a year and a half. We spent the weekend partaking in various activities, some of which were organized by the CLAY gathering, such as virtual large group worship services. Other activities were planned uniquely for our group. Some of these activities included decorating ceramic tiles inspired by the theme of the gathering “EnRoute”. We each illustrated something that we were “on the road” to and it was so interesting to see how everyone interpreted this a bit differently. We also packed up some hygiene kits for the Agassiz Youth Centre in Portage la Prairie. This was done in collaboration with the National Youth project “Welcome…Home” which is working to combat youth homelessness across Canada. 

We also had a few special guests join us on Saturday. Our synodical Bishop, Jason Zinko stopped by to talk with our youth about his role as Bishop and to discuss what the future of youth in the MNO synod may look like. Deacon Michelle Collins joined us to watch one of the large group gatherings and she even stayed to participate in some of our activities. We were also fortunate enough to have some of the members of the church council join us in the evening for a few friendly games and some ice cream sundaes.

Although this weekend was not what we had anticipated, it was still full of learning, laughs, fun and praising our Lord together. As a youth group we would like to thank the members of the congregation for their continued support of our youth at Trinity. We are looking forward to CLAY 2022 which will be taking place in Waterloo, ON!