Using these words as our guide, we invite and encourage you to engage yourself in Christian Education. We are in the process of extending church to the home with digital resources for you to explore your faith and seek greater clarity and understanding of God’s activity in the world.

What We Do

Here you will find the specific ministries of Christ Lutheran. We have a variety of things going on each week. We also host multiple big events and trips each year. Scroll down to get caught up on how we make, nurture, and equip the next generation.

ChRistian Education

Youth Ministries

Morning Worship: Youth gather together with the rest of the church family to worship. This is a time to Sing hymns, pray, hear God’s word, and partake in communion. Teenagers are not just a part of the Youth Ministry. They are treasured siblings in the larger body.


What is Winterfest? January 7-9, 2022 at the Wyndham Resort in Lancaster. Winterfest is the Lower Susquehanna Synod-wide retreat for high school youth in grades 9-12, and college-aged young adults. Participants attend large group gatherings with singing and engaging speakers, and interactive activities as well as learning sessions guided through thematic material led by trained staff. Along with the various learning opportunities, we build community through a variety of social events, at meals, and lots of time for meeting and making new friends. Participants come away with some great memories, friends, and faith moments.

+ Space is LIMITED, and registrations will be accepted on a first-come basis!
+ Event cost for 2022: $225/person ($50 deposit due at time of registration)
+ Read about our 2022 theme:

REGISTER NOW by emailing Pastor Eckman!


Youth Groups

Connect with a Group

Youth Group Christ’s Youth Group exists to walk alongside teenagers. We strive to provide a safe environment for our young people in all that we do. This is a time to be, to have fun, and to nurture their faith. We encourage our teenagers to invest themselves in the life of our church through Worship, Small Groups, Games, larger community gathers. and much much more. 

CELC Youth is open to all students in grades 8-12. Friends are welcome!

This year’s theme is:  We all have fears. Having fear is something we, as humans, must resign ourselves to having. Fear is a part of life. Fear can imprison us like a net and keep us from right relationships with others and with God. Fear can capture us like a net and hold us hostage causing us to miss out on this wonderful life we’ve been given. Fear can also sharpen our senses, making us more aware and therefore, safer. Fear can push us to improve. Each meeting we’ll talk about our fears as a way of building community (sharing our fears will make us vulnerable and give others the opportunity to support and help us), recognizing that we share a lot of the same fears, that our fears can be placed appropriately with prayer, scripture, and community. 

Club 95: Children have an innate sense of the presence of God. Club 95 is designed to help them explore their faith through story, to gain religious language and to enhance their spiritual experience though wonder and play. Overall, we want to teach our children that they belong to a God that loves them. This ministry serves children through early, middle and late childhood and beyond.


ALiVE: This is our annual synod middle-school retreat, at Camp Nawakwa. Congregations from across our synod gather with their adult advisors and youth for an early fall weekend that includes large group gatherings with singing led by our ALiVE Alumni Band, theme-centered videos and stories, and games, interspersed with small group gatherings, where youth gather with peers and a small group leader, to converse about the theme and it’s impact in their lives of faith. It’s a great event for your Confirmation students and classes.

The weekend also includes crafts, games, campfires, free-time, and community-building that allows youth and their adult counterparts time to deepen existing friendships, and create new ones. Congregational advisors can also count on the option of receiving some intentional continuing education. Plus, inspiring outdoor worship often highlights our last morning together at Nawakwa’s famous Upper Temple!

Winterfest: Winterfest has a long tradition of faith-formation with senior high and college students in our synod! Youth can look forward to a variety of social activities and games in addition to our faith-formation conversations and teaching. The community feel that has defined Winterfest for generations will also be a prominent part of this year’s event, alongside of inspired worship and time for reflection and sharing. In addition, we will once again offer “ELECTIVES” in the afternoon block on Saturday. Youth AND adult advisors will be able to self-select the elective options they wish to attend, based on their interests. This year Winterfest will be at the Lancaster Host Wyndham. Stay tuned for more information!

 Grow at our Camps

The Lutheran Camping Corporation of Central Pennsylvania operates three unique outdoor ministry sites on the territory of the Lower Susquehanna Synod, each affording the participant the opportunity to experience God in Creation, in powerfully interactive and faithful ways.

Camp Nawakwa: Arendtsville, PA

 Camp KirchenwaldColebrook, PA

The Wittel Farm: Elizabethtown, PA


Confirmation Camp

The All Saints Confirmation Camp, is a partnership of 20+ synod congregations, held in June, many from the Gettysburg, Hanover, and Chambersburg Conferences. Pastors and youth leaders from the various member congregations comprise the staff who lead small group teachings and conversations on a variety of topics related to Confirmation faith formation, Topics include, but are not limited to:

 The Creeds
Prayer Practices
The Ten Commandments
The Sacraments: Holy Communion & Baptism
Service in Jesus Name

 Youth in the first two years of Confirmation participate in these small group conversations held each morning and gather with their friends and leaders from their home congregations for conga-time, or “congregation-time,” each day after lunch. Afternoons are spent participating in traditional camp activities like swimming, games, crafts, with cabin groups, and Nawakwa staff. Evenings are community activities like campfires, skit nights, outdoor camp games, and inspired worship often held in the beautiful natural chapels dotting the Nawakwa countryside.

Youth who have been confirmed are also welcome to attend for third and fourth-year tracks, focused specifically on leadership development, what it means to be a servant leader in the manner of Jesus. In 2019, for example, participants spent a day at First Fruits Farm, a non-profit Christian farm in northern Maryland that grows fruits and vegetables to help those facing food insecurity issues in the Baltimore area. Youth worked alongside volunteers, who help maintain the farm year-round. For many, it was one of the highlights of their week, and these powerful “off-site” service opportunities are one of the things that make All Saints Confirmation Camp unique.

If you are interested in All Saints Confirmation Camp contact Pastor Eckman, pastoreckman@christgettysburg.org

Occasional Events

ELCA Youth Gathering

“I want you to know all about Christ’s love, although it is too wonderful to be measured. Then your lives will be filled with all that God is.” – Ephesians 3:19 CEV 

What is the ELCA Youth Gathering? Every three years, 30,000 high school youth and their adult leaders from across the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America gather for a week of faith formation known as the ELCA Youth Gathering. Through days spent in interactive learning, worship, Bible study, service and fellowship, young people grow in faith and are challenged and inspired to live their faith in their daily lives. 

Where is the gathering? Minneapolis. Minneapolis is a great host city and has excellent venues for all our Gathering program needs. It’s a diverse, Lutheran-dense city, nestled on the banks of the Mississippi River in the heart of the Midwest. This will also be the city’s first time hosting an ELCA Youth Gathering!  

Who can attend the Gathering? Youth who are in 8th to 12th grade at the time of registration (Fall 2020) are eligible to attend. 

After much prayer and consideration, the leadership team has decided to postpone next summer’s ELCA Youth Gathering to 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2022 ELCA Youth Gathering will be held July 24-28, 2022, in Minneapolis, with the two pre-events, the Multicultural Youth Leadership Event (MYLE) and the tAble, scheduled for July 21-24, 2022. 

We give thanks for your prayers and patience as we have worked through the details with our partners in Minneapolis and across the country. The hope that by postponing the Gathering for a year, individuals and congregations will feel more comfortable and prepared to attend the Gathering in 2022. 


Share Your Gift

Cantor, Cameron Wentz served at St. John the Divine in Richmond (in southwest London), England where he also studied at King’s College.  Cameron was born and raised in the Hanover (PA) area and is a graduate of South Western High School.  A graduate of Westminster Choir College and the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, Cameron will be continuing his education in a doctoral program at the University of Maryland.  He brings thirteen years of experience leading congregational music with an extensive background in organ and church music.  His degrees are in music composition and has composed numerous vocal and instrumental pieces.

Of the Lands and Seasons Band…Four times a year, at both Sunday morning services, instrumentalists are welcome to accompany and lead “Of the Land and Seasons,” our folk-song based liturgy used once each season of the year: winter, spring, summer and fall. All instrumentalists are welcome. Advanced beginners and up are welcome.

Please contact us at cantor@christgettysburg.org.


or Adults

Adults Need Nurturing Too

BIBLE STUDY: We explore the appointed text for each Sunday, seeking to understand how they might be a faith resource to us in this challenging time. We convene online, using ZOOM, each Wednesday morning at 10 AM.   

Join a group of dedicated Christian disciples exploring 20th Century Christian Theology.  The group meets on Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom.  

Meeting ID: 861 5589 3595
Passcode: 575091
By Phone: +1 301 715 8592 
Contact Dr. Eric Crump crump.eric@gmail.com or Pastor Stephen Herr pastor@christgettysburg.org for more information and reading assignments.


For Caregivers

Faithfully Follow Gods Words

Our youth ministry directly serves our young people, but we know that we are only one aspect of their spiritual development. Scripture gives adults the task of raising and passing on their faith to their children. We hope to partner with you as you faithfully follow God’s Word. We want to supply you with tools, encouragement, and ideas to help your family’s love for God grow.