MNO Synod at CLAY 2021: Encountering Jesus EnRoute in Unexpected Ways

Youth and leaders from Messiah, Winnipeg

This year’s CLAY (Canadian Lutheran Anglican Youth) event did not look like what it has in the past, and was very different than what many youth and youth leaders were anticipating.  But MNO Synod youth and youth leaders adjusted and still found ways to engage in community, service, learning and fellowship throughout the weekend.

Youth and leaders from Trinity, Starbuck

Youth groups gathered in smaller clusters around the synod–in Winnipeg, Starbuck and Thunder Bay– each choosing to spend the weekend in different ways, but coming together in connecting with others across the country through the online sessions, worship services and keynote presentations, and a shared time of online worship led by Prairie Fire. Several groups found ways to participate in service for the sake of their community, including making cookies for The Urban, making cards for shut-ins, and delivering bottled water or packing hygiene kits for those experiencing homelessness.

MNO Synod musicians were members of the CLAY band and shared both their incredible musical gifts and the beauty of Manitoba with the whole church. 

Youth and leaders from SLAW (Abundant Life, Sherwood Park, St. Luke’s Zion)

Lutheran and Anglican youth/leaders in Thunder Bay

This year’s CLAY theme was ‘enRoute,’ focusing on the surprising ways Jesus appears alongside the disciples on the road to Emmaus.  We had hoped the synod’s journey to CLAY this year would include a bus trip across the country, but in the journey to gather, connect, learn and worship in smaller groups around the synod, Jesus still showed up in powerful ways through relationships, laughter, food and more. And, indeed, our hearts were stirred (Luke 24:32).

Youth and leaders from St. Mark’s, Winnipeg

The next CLAY gathering will be held in Waterloo, Ontario, under the theme “Embers & Ashes” in August, 2022.  

Read a personal reflection on CLAY from Brianna Houde, Trinity Lutheran, Starbuck