Great Lakes Gathering FAQ


Where is the Great Lakes Gathering?

The Great Lakes Gathering will take place at The Radisson/Lansing Center in Downtown Lansing, MI from December 27-30, 2018.

Who May Attend the Great Lakes 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 Great Lakes Gathering. Programming for the Young Adult Track will intersect with the Great Lakes 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.

Why Is There a Registration Fee to LWM and a Separate Housing Fee?

When you register with Living Water Ministries you are paying a program fee that secures access to the programming Living Water Ministries has planned for the event (speakers, bands, worship, recreation options, service opportunities, curriculum, etc). This program fee does NOT include housing. Housing will be booked directly with The Radisson using their HOUSING FORM and by contacting them directly at (517) 482-0188. This split fee registration will allow groups to choose housing options that best meet their specific needs by directly booking with The Radisson.

EXCEPTION: Housing for Young Adult participants will be booked and assigned by Living Water Ministries, thus a higher registration rate of $165 per young adult. Young Adults do not house with church groups, but with other Young Adults.

What time should we arrive on the 27th and what time does it end on the 30th?

Check-in on-site is from 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm on December 27th. Late check-ins can be accommodated as necessary. Closing worship concludes on December 30th at 12:00 pm.

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.

How Do I Book My Group’s Hotel Rooms?

This year you will book your hotel rooms directly with The Radisson. Living Water Ministries will only be providing housing services for Young Adult participants. To book housing with The Radisson please download and complete their HOUSING FORM and contact them by phone at (517) 482-0188.

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. Every adult leader will be screened automatically as a result of their on-line registration. Young Adult participants can’t also serve as adult leaders.

Are Adult Leaders Required to Volunteer at the Great Lakes Gathering?

Yes. We will need adult leaders willing to supervise a cluster of small groups, or help with set-ups as needed. Please specify your preference when you register.

How Long Has the Great Lakes Gathering Been Around?

The 2018 event marks our 36th year.

Do We Get a Free T-shirt?

2018 Great Lakes Gathering t-shirts will be provided free for participants completely registered and paid in full by November 14th, 2018.

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.