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South Carolina Lutheran Church Youth is…

ministry by, with and for youth

helping youth to know and share God’s love in Christ

making connections that will last a lifetime!

Find out more!

Contact the South Carolina Synod’s Assistant to the Bishop, Rev. Eric Wolf. Call him at 803.509-8326, or e-mail

Our Call as the Church of TODAY…

We are called, young and old, to be the Body of Christ together. In baptism we receive God’s Spirit, through which we are empowered to answer that call. Together we can do so much more than we can individually. Together, let us share God’s love with all the world! Together we can make a difference!

The purpose of the South Carolina Synod Lutheran Church Youth organization is to be a community in Christ…Rooted in God’s love…Hearing God’s voice…Acting as God’s hands.

To be an adult volunteer for these events, please contact Pastor Eric Wolf at Also, you will need to download and complete the background check release form.

In community we learn and grow…

Winter Retreats are offered each year for three age groups: 7th/8th, 9th/10th and 11th/12th graders, focusing on issues of faith formation through large and small group activities.

An annual LCY Convention/Gathering brings the statewide Youth organization together each June at Newberry College to conduct business, learn about their calling as a part of the Body of Christ and celebrate life together.

Bridge-Building Camp enables youth and older adults to spend a week sharing and building relationships with each other in the summertime.

Camp HUGG pairs youth staff with special needs youth for a week of day-camp activities.

Hand in Hand/Spring into Action weekend servant events call youth to learn and serve as Christ served.

Conference Gatherings: Steering Committees made up of youth and adults from the 6 LCY Conferences —Coastal, Midlands, Saxe-Gotha (Lexington area), Western, Heartland (Chapin north to Clinton) and Piedmont (upstate)— plan and promote two events per year for youth in their geographic areas.

Club 345 is designed for upper elementary youth to gather for a day of fun, fellowship and a faith-enriching program.


Hand in Hand @ Pleasant Ridge Camp & Retreat Center in Greenville, 11/9-11 ($95 per person)
Individual Registration:

9th & 10th Grade Winter Retreat @ Camp Kinard, 1/18-20 ($95 per youth registrant)
Individual Registration:

11th & 12th Grade Winter Retreat @ Coastal Retreat Center, 2/15-17 ($95 per youth registrant)
Individual Registration:

Spring into Action @ Coastal Retreat Center, 3/15-17 ($95 per person)
Individual Registration:

Club 345 @ Mt. Horeb, Chapin, 3/30 — Adult Group Available ($15 per person)
Individual Registration:

Middle School Retreat @ Camp Kinard, 4/26-28 — Adult Group Available ($95 per person)
Individual Registration:

LCY Convention @ Newberry College, 5/17-19 — Adult Groups Available (YES, this is in MAY!)
Individual Registration:

Camp HUGG @ Camp Kinard, 7/7-12 ($95 per youth registrant)
Individual Registration:

Bridge Building Camp @ Camp Kinard, 7/21-26 ($95 per youth registrant)
Individual Registration:

Registration for LCY Events

  1. EVERY LCY participant must complete our 2018-2019 SCLCY Vital Information & Emergency Medical Form. The link is: This form only needs to be completed once per year, or if your information changes.
  2. Each youth must be registered for each event they attend, using the Registration Link above. This can be completed by the youth, parent, or youth leader!

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please email Rev. Eric Wolf at We’re looking forward to seeing you soon.

SCLCY is a Ministry By, With, and For Youth.

This has been our motto for over 30 years, and it’s more true now than ever.

Our Youth Ministry Cabinet met for an overnight retreat in August to plan our program year, and our youth have designed more of our programs, themes, and content than ever before! We’re an organization By, With, and For youth, and it’s our mission to provide opportunities for youth to be formed as disciples and leaders at all levels of our organization. We’ve worked hard to help our youth go deeper in our material and encourage a more significant leadership commitment in partnership with adult leadership because of our deep conviction that our youth are the beating heart of Christ in our midst and have a lot to offer here and now as leaders in the Church. Every step of the way, they exceed our wildest expectations!

You may notice that this year’s calendar contains a lot of familiar events, but the dates have shifted pretty significantly.

  • Spring into Action. We moved Spring into Action to March to make it easier for 11th & 12th graders to attend during prom season.
  • Middle School Retreat. The Middle School Retreat has become our largest retreat, second only to Convention! We moved this retreat to April as a result of the change for Spring into Action, but we’re eager to take advantage of the nicer weather!
  • LCY Convention in MAY. The most significant change is that we moved LCY Convention to May 15-17. This was decided because every year we see that there are a lot of Youtherans who can’t make it to Convention due to Campfirmation and other camps, Boys or Girls State, family vacation, Fathers’ Day festivities, congregational retreats and service projects, and a variety of other reasons. We’re hoping that this will make LCY Convention more accessible to more youth so that we can have the largest group possible to enjoy this special weekend together!

One other change you’ll note this year is that retreat registrations are much shorter!

We now collect much of the vital information in our new Vital Information & Emergency Medical form that only needs to be completed by parents / guardians once per program year. This means that it’s easier for youth directors and parents to register their youth without having to have reams of information, an oft-requested change since we made the switch to electronic registration three years ago. We hope this will make it easier for all involved and simpler for youth directors to keep track of which youth are registered!

As you can see, we’re hard at work in SCLCY to continue improving so that we provide events that help our Youtherans grow in faith and love for Jesus in community!

Grace & Peace,
Pastor Eric

If you’d like a visit from Pastor Eric to talk about youth ministry in your congregation or conference, or more information about youth ministry in the South Carolina Synod, please send an email to

Marty Party 2018

This Reforms Everything.

This year’s Marty Part will be October 21 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at St. Stephens located at 119 N. Church Street, Lexington.

Our Leadership Team is trying something new for the 15th year of Marty Party. We want to hear from you! Mark your calendars with the date and time for this years Marty Party and have your youth group answer the questions on the back of this card. (Respond by 9/23/18 in order to earn bonus points!)

New to Marty Party? The Marty is an annual gathering of area churches celebrating our Lutheran heritage with fellowship and fun together. Open to all youth 6th to 12th grade we gather for an afternoon of silly competitive games. We will crown a winner who will hold the coveted Marty Bobble head trophy for the next year. Even if it’s your first year answer the questions to the best of your ability all are welcome!

Questions, responses, or for more details contact Walt Hampton: Ph: 803-356-2297.


5 Points for responding to questions 1-3 below
10 Points for registering your church by 9/23/18
10 Points for writing a reformation themed verse for the 2018 ELCA Gathering Theme song. (Hear original @ )

1. What did you experience in Houston’s Interactive Center that would make a fun game for Marty Party 2018?

2. What is your favorite game from a previous Marty Party?

3. What is a new game you’d like to play at Marty Party 2018?

4. Write a Reformation themed verse for “This Changes Reforms Everything”.
Church: ___________________________________________________
Leader: ______________________________________  I want to help on leadership team!
Email: ___________________________________________________
Anticipated number of Youth: ______________________________________

Email Answers/Registration to: or mail to: Zion Lutheran Church 226 Corley Mill Rd Lexington SC 29072

Forms and Documents

Executive Nomination –

Chaplain Application –

Medical Form –

Youth Leadership Application –

Adult Leadership Application –

LCY Evaluation –

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