Almost 1,000 Youth to be "Hands On" at National Gathering

Almost 1,000 youth from across Canada will converge in London, Ontario from August 19-22 to take part in the 2010 Canadian Lutheran Anglican Youth (CLAY) gathering. Youth will participate in a variety of events and acts of service, advocacy and prayer.

The gathering theme, "Hands On", will call on youth to “explore how God’s hands are on us, forming us into the people we are and the people we are becoming,” says Rev. Paul Gehrs, assistant to the bishop for justice and leadership at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and a member of the CLAY planning committee.

The theme will also encourage youth to explore how being hands on is an invitation to be involved in God’s work of showing love for the world in word and deed. Youth will be encouraged to consider various ways they can use their hands to praise God, serve their neighbour and build community.

The gathering theme is drawn from Isaiah 64:8b, using the image of a potter working with clay to describe one’s relationship with God, “…we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hands.”

Organized by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and Anglican Church of Canada, the national gathering takes place every two years and is aimed at youth ages 14-19.

In between gatherings, youth work together on a two-year National Youth Project (NYP). The 2008-2010 NYP called on youth to engage more fully in the Stewardship of Creation through leadership in their congregations and communities. The 2010-2012 NYP calls on youth to assist with equipping developing communities with the resources they need to be sustainable.

Highlights from the gathering will be available online at:

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada is Canada’s largest Lutheran denomination with 152,500 baptized members in 607 congregations. It is a member of the Lutheran World Federation, the Canadian Council of Churches and the World Council of Churches.

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