Youth Ministry is an integral part of the congregational and churchwide ministries of the ELCJHL. Ranging between Sunday School, Scouts, Youth Groups and Young Adult Groups, individual ELCJHL congregations work to meet the youth of their congregations where they are, and to integrate them into the life of the congregation. Meetings vary, including Bible study, singing, and relationship-building.
The ELCJHL also works to build relationship on both churchwide and international levels. This, at times, can be very difficult, due to the continuing situation in Jerusalem and other parts of the West Bank. But, therefore, it is all the more important for the church to offer ways and means to connect Palestinian Lutherans together, despite the barrier.
ELCJHL Churchwide Youth Ministry
In recent years, the ELCJHL has placed renewed focus on empowering and equipping its youth, developing Churchwide programs for Sunday School teacher and curriculum development, youth leadership development, and relationship-building amongst the ELCJHL congregations.
Recent events and programs have included:
- Sahiroon Youth Leadership Training: This program, now in its third year, has invited its youth (13-18) to delve into study–Old Testament, New Testament, and Lutheran Theology–and to equip themselves for leadership in the present.
- Summer Camp: The ELCJHL has hosted summer camps for ELCJHL youth (13-18) and young adults (18-23).
- Sunday School teacher training: The ELCJHL has offered training programs for Sunday School teachers.
- Jubilate Sunday: An opportunity to gather together for study and socialization, the annual Jubilate Sunday brings together youth from across the ELCJHL.
It is, at times, easier to send ELCJHL Youth abroad than it is to gather the youth from all six ELCJHL congregations together in Jerusalem, other parts of the West Bank, or in Amman, Jordan. This is due to factors such as the separation barrier, checkpoints, and visa and permit issues.
International trips in recent years have included exchanges between the United States, Germany, Switzerland, Norway and Sweden, among others. Youth return from these exchange experiences with great joy and excitement, and truly blossom through these opportunities.
For more information about the Youth Ministry of the ELCJHL, to learn of upcoming events, or to inquire about relationship-building opportunities, please contact:
Rev. Ashraf Tannous
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land