ABY Gathering
November 3-5, 2017

Elliot Ave Baptist Church
Springfield, Ill


The ABY Gathering is a 3-day conference for the students of the American Baptist Students of the Great Rivers Region. The conference consists of worship sessions, workshops, big group games, coffee house and mission work. Students are elected to the board that plans each years ABY Gathering.


November 3rd — 5th, 2017


Elliot Ave Baptist Church -  Springfield, IL


(217) 358-9577 abygathering@gmail.com

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Dear Youth and Youth Leaders,

Welcome to The Gathering 2017! We are looking forward to spending a weekend full of faith, fellowship, and fun with you and your youth leaders. The theme for this year's Gathering is Transformers based on the transformation process that takes place when one decides to follow Jesus.

Elliot Avenue Baptist Church will be our host. They have been planning and working hard to get ready for The Gathering. Once again this year, you will have two housing options: to stay with host families or to stay in a hotel. Also due to the location Lake Springfield Baptist Camp will be available for rent as well. The church will provide lunch and supper on Saturday.

Our speaker this year will be the Chris Albin. Chris is a lay leader/youth leader from Ridgeview Baptist Church in Danville, Illinois. He is a fantastic Biblical speaker/storyteller that we are sure you will enjoy learning from. He has a connection with many of our students because of his service as a counselor at LSBC Sr. High Camp, and Chris has been a featured workshop leader at past ABY Gatherings. Our praise and worship will be led by local musician Robert Reynolds! Robert brings a ton of energy and focus as he leads groups to the cross with blends of today and hymns/choruses from the past.

Youth and leaders will also have the opportunity to participate in 3 workshops. Workshops will be held on Saturday morning and afternoon; the topics and leaders are selected by the ABY Board. On Sunday, we will lead and participate in worship with the folks of Elliot Avenue Baptist Church.

On this website you will find a registration form, a tentative schedule, a listing of hotels in the Springfield area, and information about the ABY Conference.

Should you have any questions please feel free to contact one of the Adult Leaders listed in this packet. We look forward to TRANSFORMING with you!

Your ABY Gathering Youth Board,

Ethan Tanner, Charlie Hagan, Grace Jones