Youth & Family Ministry

Events, support and resources to help congregations offer robust ministries
for youth, young adults and families.

2019 Middle School Lock-In

Oct. 11-12, 2019
Cedar Falls, Iowa

Junior high and middle school students are invited to the 20th annual Middle School Lock-In set for Oct. 11-12 at the UNI Wellness Center in Cedar Falls. This year’s theme, “How Great is Your God,” is both a question and a proclamation that will include sharing stories of everyday faith.

The event begins at 8 p.m. Friday and ends at 6:30 a.m. Saturday. Activities include an opening prayer, worship, large group activity, pizza, and snacks. Students will have plenty of time for fun and games, including swimming, volleyball, basketball, climbing wall, ping pong, racket ball and inflatables.

Register by Friday, Sept. 27, for the discounted rate of $40 per youth. After that date the registration fee is $50 per youth. Download registration materials below. 

Cover Letter
Congregational Registration
Individual Registration
Release of Liability
Flyer and Schedule

Download Registration Form

Coming Soon!

2018 ELCA Youth Gathering

Some 600 youth and adults from the Northeastern Iowa Synod joined more than 30,000 others for the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering at Houston in June. They came together for five days of faith formation, worship, interactive learning, Bible study, community service projects, and fellowship. During this time the young people grow in faith and are challenged and inspired to live their faith in their daily lives.


Read more at the Synod’s 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering Page