Canadian Lutheran Youth Gatherings have a history that goes back as far as 1966. In 2010, the gathering became a joint gathering of the ELCIC and ACC.
CLAY is an immersive, several-day event where youth gather from across the country to worship, play, learn, and grow together.
Who can participate?
CLAY is designed for youth ages 14-19 (born between 2002 and 2007). But since CLAY 2020 was postponed, youth up to age 20 (born 2001) are welcome to participate. Youth born prior to 2001 are still welcome to attend and are invited to do so as a Leader in Training.
With the endorsement of their Home Team Leader and their local congregation/parish, and with the permission of the CLAY Registrar, youth who will be 13 years old (born in 2008) by the end of the year may be permitted to attend the gathering.
What will CLAY look like this year?
You can expect about 3 hours of online group gathering time each day featuring: worship, workshops, and a large group gathering with the CLAY band, drama team, and our keynote speaker, Melanie Delva.
There will also be Late Night Spots every day (a CLAY participant favourite), activities engaging with our National Youth Project happening outside of the online gathering times, and local activities planned for these three days.
As home team leaders, Rachel and I are committed to making this as engaging an experience as possible. As much as it is safe to do so, our aim is to spend these few days together in-person, following any public health guidelines necessary.
How much will it cost?
The national organizers are making this a pay-as-you-can event, suggesting a donation of $45. Depending on what we are able to do by then, locally planned activities by Rachel and I may increase this cost somewhat. But we'll make sure to let you know as we make plans. Just know that we don't want money to prevent anyone from coming!
Where can I find out more?
Check out the CLAY website to find out more. Then sign up for the CLAY newsletter to receive direct updates!
Let us know if you're interested!
With registration opening up any day now, we're hoping to start compiling a list of interested people for the ignYte Home Team.
Are you a youth hoping to participate? A potential Leader in Training? Let us know!