We are excited to invite teen girls (ages 12–17) to the convention for a fun-filled and servant-minded experience planned just for them! Teens will get to know one another with fun, crafts, and games along with being in God’s Word with Bible studies, participate in on-site service projects, enjoy time in the pool, and will discover what the LWML is with activities geared toward their age group and interests. The teen program will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 13. Teens will pay a special registration rate of $100 (or $120 if submitted after May 7, 2024) which includes a T-shirt, snacks, Friday and Saturday breakfast, Thursday lunch, and Friday dinner. Teens should purchase Friday’s boxed lunch option when registering and bring money for any purchase they plan to make at the LWML store. An adult mentor/leader must attend the convention for every 1-4 girls registered.
For additional information or questions, contact Kristine Wendorf, Teen Coordinator, HERE.
Mandy Halbert, Host Committee Teen Coordinator, and her team members, Tiffany Harmon, Michelle Heckmann, Christine Spofford, and Stefani Hobratsch, put together a wonderful program for all female teens ages 12-17 attending the district convention. Using the acronym GEMS (Girls Embracing Mission Service) teens caught a glimpse of all the activities of an LWML convention, learned a bit about LWML, and made new friends for life. While at convention, the teenagers participated in both off- and on-site service work, Bible studies, and other fun activities. During convention sessions, the young ladies had the opportunity to listen and visit with the keynote speaker, Christina Hergenrader. Christina has developed and written materials directed toward teens and young adults.
Abba’s House was an excellent and engaging opportunity for mission service. They do great things for refugees to the United Sates, especially in this time of uncertainty. I enjoyed being Christ’s hands and feed for the short time we were there. (Grace)
The bingo game was challenging. It forced us to ask people we didn’t know if they could sign something on our bingo card. It was also competitive. We were racing against each other. But it was also fun. Sometimes I would be with someone else and if they got something signed, I would also go up to the same person and get that square signed. (Katelyn)
The tie-dye was a lot of fun and a great activity to give the teens a chance to first meet each other while doing something fun. (Reagan)
I really liked listening to Christina Hergenrader. She’s an inspiration to me. She is a Lutheran school teacher, and that’s what I want to be. She talked about shining your light and living as a child of God. (Colleen)
I liked doing art so that other people could enjoy the bookmarks when they read. And I liked making drawings and writing to people to make their day “happy” when they see the picture on their lunch bags. (Aubrey on What's Your 80? project)
I really liked being around so many other Christians and being able to study the Bible together. (Miriam)
Abby made us laugh during the boring meetings and kinda made us focus again. I thought it was cool to see the people signing during the songs so like everyone could listen. (Abigale)
NOTE: Teen groups may have a name that does not include “LWML” or “GEMS”, but in order to be classified as a Teen LWML Group in the Texas District, registration is a requirement.
It is the policy of LWML Texas District that the local sponsoring group or individual comply with the local congregation's policy on background checks.
For more information, contact the Vice President of Organizational Resources by email.
Members of teen groups are encouraged to use a Mite Box for voluntary offerings to support the LWML mission goal OR make their own collection container from a prepared frosting can using the Girls Embracing Mission Service Mite Wrap.
“GIRLS EMBRACING MISSION SERVICE” (GEMS) was adopted by the Teen LWML Committee of LWML Texas District at the district convention in 2014.