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September 15, 2009

2010 Youth Gathering theme announced; "Hands On" event will bring together Lutheran and Anglican youth from across the country

In a ground-breaking event featuring Lutheran and Anglican youth from across the country, the National Planning Committee (NPC) for the 2010 gathering announces Hands On as the theme of next year's gathering which is taking place August 19-22, 2010 in London, Ontario. Drawing from the text in Isaiah 64:8, Yet, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand , the gathering will explore how God calls us to use our hands to help shape the world around us.

Hands On 2010 is considered to be a ground-breaking youth gathering as it is the first time the national gathering will be jointly planned by both the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and Anglican Church of Canada (ACC). Hoping for more equal representation of youth from the two churches, the name of the gathering will also be officially changed from Canadian Lutheran Youth Gathering (CLYG) to Canadian Lutheran Anglican Youth (CLAY) gathering.

I'm so excited to be a part of this gathering, says Rev. Christie Morrow, NPC chair. We would like to personally invite Lutheran and Anglican youth from across Canada to join us in London, Ontario where together we will explore how God has been at work molding and shaping us so that our churches, communities and the world will see the work of God's hands through our youth.

Information on the gathering, as well as regular updates and the pre-registration booklet will be available on the Hands On 2010 website - www.clay2010.ca. For those who have no way of receiving the information electronically, please contact Rev. Paul Gehrs (204.984.9156) at the ELCIC National Office to have a hard copy of the registration materials mailed out.

Youth gatherings take place every two years with a new location each time. The last youth gathering was held in 2008 in Whitehorse, Yukon. Over 1000 participants made the journey from all parts of Canada to take part in the national event.

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