NW Washington Synod

Children, Youth & Family Ministry


Registration Deadline is Monday, APRIL 15!

May Youth Weekends at Holden Village

May 17 – 19

Registration is open until Monday, April 15 for May Youth Weekend at Holden Village for 2024! This year promises to continue our commitment to gather and serve in beautiful Holden Village.

This year there is just one session May 17-19, 2024 (Friday - Sunday)

Theme: All Creation Groans Together: Love, Lament, and Action in a Climate Emergency

  • How can we live faithful lives when we are overloaded with climate grief and anxiety? 
  • How can we find motivation for meaningful action when the future is uncertain? 
  • Together we'll dive deep into our love for God's beloved creation, and learn how to find our way through the ruins.

All the information you need is on the website at https://www.lutheransnw.org/events/may-youth-weekend-at-holden-village--214/2024-05-17


If you have questions, please contact the May Youth Weekend leaders at holdenmyw17@gmail.com.

Consider Summer Family Camp!

In collaboration with Lutherwood’s new director, Pastor Pam already have booked the Annual Summer Family Camp for July 26-28 for the campground and Meadows. The last two years this has become a cluster/synod thing for smaller CYFM programs. The first year it was held at Bowman Bay and it was just two churches. Last year it was at Camp Casey and we had 5 congregations collaborate. With the hope of collaborating again, we’re asking if anyone would be interested in partnering with Pastor Pam at Pointe of Grace to help plan and build this small weekend retreat for families.  

It would be wonderful to have a group of other leaders help Pam build this and get the registrations out on Easter Sunday. Pam can build the registration forms and flyers, but we are holding off on a theme/activities/crafts/food, until we know have a potential team to help.

Interested in helping? Contact Pastor Pam SOON! pastorpam@pointeofgracechurch.org. 

Time for You

Thursday, April 18 | 12:00 – 1:30pm

All folks who work/volunteer with children, youth and/or families - please join us from your computer - you are welcome to eat your lunch while we meet online. We'll gather to check-in, answer questions about the Youth Gathering, Middle School Retreat, and anything else you would like to discuss.

Here is the zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83945305299?pwd=QUgxcVFWOXFSRERLTXFMc3RpQzN1UT09&from=addon.

Questions? Contact Becky and Bryant at cyflutheransnw@gmail.com.

CYF Cohort: Cracking the Shell

Monday, April 22 | 6:30 – 8:00pm

Youth are at the event. They’re playing games. They have some friends. You know their names and they know yours. They go home with a snack in their belly and some laughs having been had. But how do we go deeper to make true, meaningful connections and faith moments happen in our youth ministry programs?

Join our April CYF Cohort for a conversation about how to go beyond “just” games, silliness, or surface level check-ins to more profound, memorable moments with youth. In this talk all participants will be invited to share their experiences. What has worked? Where are struggles? Have you noticed differences in the willingness of youth to open in recent years? If you have thoughts or questions this facilitated, virtual coffee shop style meeting is for you. Join us online at

You should join us online here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84900569803?pwd=b2hPZUkwVkl1RmQ5blFpR0pZaEkrZz09&from=addon

If you have questions or further information, please contact Becky at children@hslckirkland.org.

Middle School Retreat

April 26-27 | First Lutheran Richmond Beach

All middle school students are invited to join us for our 2nd annual middle school retreat! Our theme this year is Prayer – What is it? Why do we care? Registration opens at 6:30pm on Friday night, followed by a pizza dinner at 7:00pm. We’ll explore the theme using a variety of mediums and spend time at the beach on Saturday. After dinner on Saturday night, you’ll head back to your congregation. We’ll be done no later than 6:30pm. The cost is $50 per student, adults are free.

Registration is online at Tithe.ly Event Registration. Each congregation needs to complete their own permission slip and provide at least one adult for the retreat.

Questions? Contact Becky at children@hslckirkland.org.

SKY SKY = Sno-King Youth, a regional youth group in the Snohomish-King County region. All are invited!

NEXT Event - Sunday, May 5 | 6:30 – 8:00pm

Our next SKY meeting is hosted at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lynnwood. We'll have the opportunity to play some fun and unique games, along with good food and Bible study. Join SKY for our penultimate meeting for the 2023-2024 school year! We'll hold our final meeting of the year on Sunday, June 2. If you have any questions, please contact Deacon Dustin at cyfdirector@gloria-dei-lutheran.org

SKY Planning Team

Monday, May 13 | 7:00pm on Zoom

Sno-King Youth is having their next planning meeting over zoom. This is a time for church staff, volunteers, youth, and families to participating in the visioning and planning of future of SKY. We'll look at scheduling events this summer, as well as back-to-school events for the 2024-2025 school year. If you'd like to participate, please use this zoom link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82916566199?pwd=d08yY2o3SlEyYUUwMzVQUk42bTBqUT09

Children, Youth, and Family Leaders and Families Pizza Party

Friday, May 10 | 12:00 – 2:00pm

We hope that you are able join in for a fun lunch treat of fresh brick oven pizza on May 10, 12pm-2pm, in North Bend. CYF Leaders and their families are invited to attend afternoon full of pizza, fun, and games.

Please RSVP by May 6 using this sign-up: 


Leadership Lab

June 24 - June 29 | Augustana College - Rock Island, IL


What is Leadership Lab?

Well, it's kind of hard to describe, but from Kayley D, high school senior at St. Matthew's:

LAB is such a hard thing to describe. The purpose is to go and learn how to be a leader while growing your relationship with God. You get to participate in actual planning exercises with others in small groups, and you form some great relationships along the way. There are also celebrations, which are basically worships, but they have lots of great music, speakers, and activities to keep everyone engaged. This is what we do at LAB, but it’s so much more than that. It’s more like a feeling. You meet incredible people there, and the environment is one of inclusiveness and love. It’s an amazing experience.

LAB means a lot of different things to me but one of the biggest things is connection. There is something about LAB that brings people together really quickly. I was there for only a week, and I came away with 6 new best friends. I can’t begin to describe how close you get to the people there. They become a second family almost, and as you keep going back that family continues to grow. It was amazing to see all the connections that people were making with each other, but you also see people connecting with God throughout the week, which was also a joy to watch.

LAB changed my life and I can’t imagine not going back. You meet the most incredible people there, and they welcome you with open arms, including you into the LAB family. You get an opportunity to learn leadership skills that will last you the rest of your life, but you also get to learn a lot about yourself.

I learned so much about myself through the discussions we had, and the worships we did, but also just by working with new people, and trying to plan different events. You also get the chance to form a really good relationship with God. I know that I wasn’t that good at talking to God or staying close to him, but I definitely felt God’s presence at LAB, and I was able to start rebuilding a relationship.

Leadership Lab is a place for not only high school youth and college-age young adults to grow in their faith and leadership skills, have fun, and build meaningful relationships, it is also a place for Adult Leaders in Ministry to also grown their skills, ignite (or reignite) their passion, and connect and collaborate with other adults in ministry. 

Participants will spend a week at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL. (just a short trip from Chicago). With others from around the country, we will learn and grow together! Aski Bobbi how to get there – it’s easier than you think. There are many transportation options available for getting to the Quad Cities.

What is the cost? $420 per person (on 5/1/24, price increases $50)

Discounts Available (Limit 1 discount applied)

10% discount for anyone who attended Leadership Lab 2023 ($378/person)

$275 for churches who are participating in Lab for the first time. Maximum 2 registrations per church

1 FREE Adult Registration with the purchase of 5 student registrations


Questions? Contact Bobbi Jo Cyr at bobbi@stmatthewsrenton.org

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