For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.

What’s Happening Now

1st YG Meeting: Sunday September 13, 2020

NEW time! 5:30 – 7:30
Here is what you need to know to get set for this night:
* YG is for anyone in grades 6 – 12. All are welcome.
* YG will be socially distant. Bring/ wear your masks.
* Bring a camp chair or blanket to sit on for yourself.
* This YG will be outside on the church lawn (along Market Street – or in Fellowship Hall if the weather is bad.)
* Bring personal snacks for yourself OR individually bag snacks to share. Bring your own drink.
* Bring friends. They are always welcome at YG, so long as they respect the rules.
* Please bring the YG Permission slip.  Filling one of these out is a requirement each year to participate in YG events.

Important YG Forms

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Be in the know!

YG Fall
The YG Fall Calendar is starting to take shape!! For the Fall calendar, I will be planning it a month or two at a time .

The key in creating events is trying to figure out events that will work where everyone is safe and comfortable. Like everything else, it all depends what the virus does, and were we are at as a church. All Fall YG events will be a combination of socially distant outside events as well online Zoom events. When these events are created, I will try to give you as much advanced notice in possible. But most times, things will be more last minute, or you might only have a week or so to find out about an event. Better that, than nothing.


YG Faith Walk
Pinchot State Park
July 26, 2020
YG on the Lawn
June 28, 2020
YG Service Project

Your help is needed!!  I have found an ongoing service project that YG can take part in this summer and beyond!!  The Ecumenical Food Pantry needs our help. This is a constant need and opportunity for the YG to take part in. It is located in Messiah Lutheran in Downtown, Harrisburg. It is run by a member of our church and former YG mom, Lynn Bertram. The Ecumenical Food Pantry provides a 3-day supply of emergency food assistance to those in need in the greater Harrisburg area, and can use your help. The food pantry operates Monday – Friday from 9:30AM – 12:30PM and needs workers during that time to greet clients, record client data, fulfill client food orders, and to pack food bags – no experience needed. The pantry is housed at: Messiah Lutheran Church, 901 N. Sixth St. (in downtown Harrisburg.)

Please coordinate with one another, so you and a YG friend (or 2) can sign up to help out  any day that works with your schedule. Sign-Up TODAY at:

All details and requirements are also noted on the sign up sheet.

Please feel free to contact me or Lynn with any questions.  Her e-mail is:


The 2020 Jr. High Alive, Alive retreat has been moved to September 24 – 26, 2021. 


The next ELCA YOUTH GATHERING is now July 24 – 28, 2022. This is national church Sr. High event that occurs only once every 4 years. There will be an IMPORTANT  Registration begins in late September 2021. More details to come as we move forward.

NOTE: NEXT YEAR, in place of the Gathering, we are planning another Sr. High/College Mission Trip with LutheranHands for summer 2021. Details to come this fall/Winter.

Stay Connected!

We want to stay connected with you during this time of “social distancing.” Peter is speaking to you on YouTube. YG is posting on Instagram. Pastors are checking in daily on Facebook. Inspirational messages are showing up on Twitter. Subscribe, follow, or check-in today!

Who We Are
YG is our youth group ministry for students in grades 6-12th grade. We are a FAMILY –  a strong, positive, faith forming group. We meet together as ONE for fellowship, fun, and learning. We gather in the name of the Lord – Christ is the reason for our existence. We seek to constantly proclaim this message boldly through all that we do.

Our Mission
With unity in Christ we will serve as disciples, proudly walking and sharing our faith as one body throughout the world. Then, now and forever…

Circle – The Circle is a symbol of our group togetherness.  Whenever we meet as a large group we form a circle. The word circle also refers to candle prayer.
Prayer – Prayer is a strong part of the YG experience. Prayer is in all that we do.
Serve – This is why we are here, to serve the Lord and each other. SERVE ALWAYS WITH LOVE.
Gifts – We all have gifts.  This is what makes us an individual as well as a special member of our Youth Group.  We all share our gifts with each other.  What we all have.

For more information on YG, contact Peter Fox at 717-737-9921 x227 or