Covenant Gathering is an outgrowth of previous Synod Schools from the Synod of the Covenant and the Synod of Lincoln Trails.  For the past 14 years we have created an event that is multi-generational and inclusive. Covenant Gathering 2020 is a year we will not soon forget.  When the pandemic wall was raised, our planning team chose to climb the wall and gather the troops for a new adventure.

Instead of meeting at Geneva Center in Rochester, Indiana we chose to move to a Zoom platform event and share a “Taste of Covenant Gathering”. This provided attendees the opportunity to experience the fellowship, fun and learning in shorter daily Zoom events, Bible Study and discussions throughout the day with breaks included. Using this approach created openings for those of a greater distance and otherwise unavailable for a week of classes to reconnect with the fun and each other. Rev. Ryan Landino, Lead Presbytery for Transformation of Great Rivers Presbytery led an exploration of Sacred Pathways, helping us find our personal spiritual style.  His video presentations are available on his YouTube channel here.

Classes for Youth included toddlers to Senior High students. They participated in activities tailored to their level, each child received a packet of materials to participate in class times and have a great experience at home. While the time spent online was not equal to a typical year’s schedule, parents, grandparents and children enjoyed the activities and events. Every evening there was a large group activity, worship, speakers, fun and games for all ages.  We were able to provide this all free thanks to donations from several presbyteries, synod and individuals.

Every gathering began with singing and we again enjoyed learning a new theme song for the week. Thanks to a wonderful tech team each morning email inboxes included a daily schedule and links for the days activities.  While this was not what we started out to plan, it was a fun four days. New and old connections across the country were made!! We are beginning to plan for Covenant Gathering 2021 July 11-16 at Geneva Center.  Check out this year and next on our website:

Peace Talks!!!

Carla Mavis, Chair of Planning Team