Storm Lake, Iowa (PNS)
by Duane Sweep
Marking its 65th year, this year's iteration of Synod School, the midsummer ministry of the Synod of Lakes and Prairies, drew more than 600 for a week of worship, classes, fun and fellowship on the campus of Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa.
Synod School 2018, which ran July 21-27, featured more than 70 classes, convocation addresses by Jason Brian Santos and worship services led by Jana Childers.
Through five convocation addresses, Santos, who is the mission coordinator for Christian formation at the Presbyterian Mission Agency in Louisville, explored what it means to be an intergenerational "Sabbath people."
Addressing the way the church connects with youth, Santos asked, "Are we entertaining our youth or engaging them in Christian practice?"
Santos said, "We have to action into our words." A connection with youth is gained through community, shared time and experiences together.
The 70-plus classes included topics such as spiritual formation, introduction to the New Testament, relationships and cooking.