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Junior High Youth Gathering 2024

Messy Mercy

July 30, 2024 - August 1, 2024
Frankenmuth, MI

The Michigan District, LCMS Junior High Youth Gathering 2024 is all about the MESS! God’s mess?! It’s true! When we look at God’s plan for His people and their salvation—His Son being born as a regular human baby, touching the messy/untouchable, dying bloody on the cross—it all looks messy … that is, until we look at our own lives. We ARE certainly a MESS in our sin and shame. But God reached into that mess and showed us His great love and mercy, reconciling us to Himself through His Son, Jesus Christ.

We invite the middle school youth of our District to join us July 30–August 1 for MESSY MERCY. It is going to be three days of messy fun, messy friends (old & new), and messy lessons of God working in His creation and our lives.

When & Where


July 30 - August 1

Bavarian Inn Lodge
1 Covered Bridge Lane
Frankenmuth, MI, 48734
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Keynote Speaker

Rev. Tyler Cronkright

Rev. Tyler Cronkright lives in Mt. Clemens with his wife Brandi and serves as the Associate Pastor of Discipleship at St. John, Rochester. He previously served for nearly 11 years at Family of God, Detroit. As a complement to teaching, preaching, and writing, he also co-hosts the Suffering Servants podcast. In his down time, he loves cycling, reading and learning, traveling up north, and cheering for the Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Tigers, and Michigan Wolverines.


Registration will take place April 22-May 24, 2024.

Program fee per person: $100 (includes t-shirt)

Cost per room at Bavarian Inn Lodge: $150 * per night (tax exempt) *4 people to a room

All payments/final substitutions will be due in full by July 1, 2024.

Additional Information

Housing Information

Participants will be staying at the Bavarian Inn Lodge in Frankenmuth. Please note: there is a program fee and a housing fee based on the number of rooms reserved. Rooms will be $150 per room per night ($161 if not tax-exempt).


A youth participant is any current 6th – 8th grade students. (those entering 7-9 grade in the Fall of 2024)  All participants must register through an LCMS church.

Adult leaders must be age 21 or older and affiliated with an LCMS congregation. Pastoral verification is required of all adult leaders.

There is no minimum or maximum for the size of a church’s group, though it is suggested that there be one adult leader for every 6 youth. If a group is to have both male and female youth participants, there must also be at least one male and one female adult leader who will remain with the group for the entire gathering.


Oscar and Keturah Haab Foundation

Michigan District, LCMS