Summer Camp can be transformational in anyone’s life. In under-resourced neighborhoods, congregations are sometimes the only provider of a summer camp experience, which can also be a lifeline for parents who seek safe spaces for their kids to play and learn.

In many neighborhoods, these camps can only occur when we are church together, fostering partnerships among many and various congregations across our synod. Congregations in poorer neighborhoods can only meet the significant needs of their community by building relationships with churches that are have greater financial resources.

Together, these congregational partners (and especially the campers and their families) can all experience transformation.

“Churches engage children, youth, and adults in fun and healthy ways through vacation Bible schools; discipleship training; job and leadership training; reading programs; Bible stories and worship; day camps; gardening; arts and fitness classes; and more. Several congregations have collaborated for an even deeper impact. Intentional relationship-building and programming can truly bless a neighborhood — just as the gifts and energy of neighborhoods can truly bless the church. You can be a part of this blessing by donating to the Summer Youth Program.” — Bishop Ann Svennungsen

Applications for 2019 Summer Youth Program Grants

Applications for programs during  summer 2019 are now open! Congregations may apply for a grant up to $1500. If you are working with a collaboration of churches, we ask that one congregation applies and hosts the grant. Please Contact Sue Megrund at firstthird@mpls-synod.org with any questions.

Applications are due back to the synod office by Tuesday, May 1st.

2019 Grant Application

Supporting Just and Healthy Neighborhoods

Thanks for great ministry provided by those who participated in the 2018 Summer Youth Program:

  • Augustana
  • Bethel (Our Saviour LC, Calvary LC, Salem LC, Living Table UCC, Lake of the Isles LC, First Christian DOC, First Congregational UCC, Zion LC, University LC of Hope, Lyndale UCC)
  • First
  • Holy Trinity
  • Hip Hop Outreach / AGAPE*
  • Messiah
  • St. Olaf
  • St. Paul’s

If you are interested in joining this ministry by making a donation or receiving a grant, please contact Kris Bjorke or Sue Megrund, first third coordinators at firstthird@mpls-synod.org or 612-567-7378.

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