Gathering FAQ


Where is The Gathering?

The Gathering will take place at The Radisson/Lansing Center in Downtown Lansing, MI from December 27-30, 2017.

Who May Attend The Gathering?

All youth grades 9-12, who are registered with a group may attend.

Young adults who are age 18-25 and graduated high school are also welcome to register & attend The Gathering. Programming for the Young Adult Track will intersect with The Gathering, but also have components specifically designed for the young adult audience. Young Adult participants register as individuals and do not require adult leader accompaniment.

Does the Registration Fee Include Meals?

No. The Radisson is providing a special menu just for us with special discount pricing. There are also a variety of restaurant options within walking distance of the hotel.

Are cell phones permitted?

Yes, although we encourage their use be appropriate and respectful.

How Many Adults Do We Send?

One adult leader, age 21 or older, must register for every 9 youth attending. Adult advisors pay the same registration fee as the youth. An adult screening form is required to be submitted for each adult leader. Young Adult participants can’t also serve as adult leaders.

Are Adult Leaders Required to Volunteer at The Gathering?

Yes. Each adult leader is required to be willing to supervise a cluster of small groups, assist as a member of covenant, or help with set-ups as needed. Please specify your preference when you register.

How Long Has The Gathering Been Around?

The 2017 event marks our 35th year.

Do We Get a Free T-shirt?

2017 Gathering t-shirts will be provided free for participants completely registered and paid in full by November 15th, 2017.

Are There Refrigerators in Each Room at the Radisson?

Yes. The Radisson has now furnished rooms with refrigerators.

Is There A Cost to Parking?

Yes. Due to City of Lansing contract changes with The Radisson, the hotel is no longer able to provide complimentary valet parking. The Radisson is offering valet parking for $10.00 per day, which is considerably cheaper than parking through any other means.Please tip your valet attendant as you feel appropriate. For congregations bringing large trailers or vehicles, special spaces in the parking garage are available.