CLC Youth

Kyle Welch

Youth Group Director


CLC Youth is the place to be for any middle schooler or high schooler within driving distance of Lakeland, FL! This is where you learn about our Lord and Savior while also having fun.  The youth participates in Bible studies and exciting trips.  The trips include tubing, laser tag, putt-putt golf, bowling, and more.  Every youth is welcome.  We have youth with all different interests; from sports to theater to technology.

CLC Youth meetings are every 2nd and 4th WEDNESDAY night of every month we gather from 6:00PM-7:30PM for games and devotion.  CLC Youth also hosts tons of events throughout the year!


Do you have a passion for and a belief in today’s youth?  Do you want to play a part in the spiritual formation of our middle school and/or high school students?  We would love to meet with you and find your place in CLC Youth!  It takes a group of passionate, motivated and available people to pour into our youth and we are so excited about the potential of you being a part!


Parents, we can ensure that your student will not only have a blast when they join CLC Youth, but they will also be encouraged to grow in their faith and be challenged to live it out daily.  As an CLC Youth team, we make every effort to keep you informed and provide you with resources throughout your students’ time in youth. 



Middle schoolers & high schoolers can arrive at 6pm for the meeting, which will include devotion, games, and a message planned specifically with them in mind. We believe that small groups are how our students will experience connection and fellowship at CLC Youth.  The night will conclude at 7:30pm.


We encourage our students to attend Christ Lutheran Church on Sunday mornings with their friends and families at 10:00am since we believe in the importance of worshipping together as a family. 


Throughout the year, students will participate in special events like car washes, Oktoberfest, bowling, canoeing, Thanksgiving, Christmas Party, CLC Youth Spring Break Fest, and various outings with CLC Youth.

*Some events require online registration (communicated to students) and/or additional forms such as our Medical Release Form.  These forms are available throughout the year for our parent’s convenience. 


Emma Block

Youth Group Director




Senior Spotlight: Sarah Sicheri

Sarah is one of the hardest working, and most goal oriented kids I have ever been around. She is involved in many different school and church activities, all while managing to earn a 4.446 GPA and all A’s high in her high school career. Academically, she ranks in the Top 15 of her class of more than 400 students. At Lake Gibson High School, she has been involved in several extra-curricular activities including Florida Future Educators as America (FFEA), theater, and National Honor Society. She has held several leadership roles including FFEA State president, vice-president of the Lake Gibson’s International Thespian Society Troupe, and secretary and president of her schools National Honor Society.
Sarah has also been very active in the CLC Youth Group, and Christ Lutheran Church in general. She attends nearly every Sunday, and completed her confirmation during middle school. For the church, she has volunteered her time as a lector, and has helped with ushering in the past. In the youth, she has always been a leader, both in service related projects, as well as fun activities. She attended the 2019 LCMS Youth Gathering in Minneapolis, MN, and has also attended the FL/GA District Middle School Gathering.
Following high school, Sarah plans to attend the University of Florida, attending the College of Education. She has been dual-enrolled, which is also helping prepare her, and give her a jump, on her college career. She wants to her master’s degree in Educational Administration, with the goal of day being a principal.
It has been a joy getting to know Sarah over the last 7 years, and I am excited to see her strive for, and accomplish all of her goals. She is smart, funny, caring, and compassionate. She tries to see the best in people, and help bring out their best. Please help recognize Sarah, and encourage her as she heads out into the world following high school.

National Youth Gathering 2022

Houston, TX

Greetings from the CLC Youth! Preparation for the 2022 NYG in Houston, TX has officially started. If you, or your youth, missed the meeting and would like more information, please reach out to Kris. This is an amazing event that takes place every three years, and is a great experience for youth and adults alike.

The LCMS Youth Gathering is scheduled for July 9–13, 2022, in Houston, Texas, under the theme “In All Things.”

Held every three years since 1980, the LCMS Youth Gathering provides thousands of youth and adults the opportunity to come together as a community of God’s people to learn more about Jesus Christ, the Christian faith and their Lutheran identity.

During the five days of the Gathering, youth spend time together in God’s word, worship, service and fellowship with others from across Synod.

The planners of the 2022 Gathering are in continual conversations with the City of Houston, government officials and Synod leadership, monitoring the development of COVID-19. The safety and care of Gathering participants will be the highest priority as decisions are made about the event moving forward.

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The LCMS Youth Gathering is an incredible event that brings over 20,000 kids and adults together to learn about Jesus Christ, the Christian faith, and what it means to be a Lutheran. The first Gathering was in 1980, and has been held every three years since. The next Gathering will be held in 2022 in Houston, TX from July 9th until July 13th.

     The theme for the upcoming Gathering is “In All Things” and will be built around Colossians 1:15-20. There will be daily Bible studies teaching more about this topic, as well as a nightly Mass Event that go deeper into the theme. The Mass Events include singing and worship, as well as nationally renowned speakers and musical acts. 

     The youth’s days at the Gathering will be filled with activity. Starting with the morning Bible study, they will then go to small group sessions that they pick, each designed with a topic that pertains to today’s teens. The convention hall will also be filled with activities for the kids. These range from obstacle courses to games like human Hungry, Hungry Hippos. There is never a dull moment. 

     The LCMS Youth Gathering is an amazing and enriching event for your teen. They will learn more about our Savior, themselves, and their fellow youth group members. If you or your teen is interested in learning more about this event, or have any questions, please reach out to Kris Welch,