Synod School

Synod School offers week-long classes in personal and professional development and is open to everyone. This program, in its 67th year, annually draws more than 600 people of all ages from 27 states. We invite you to participate!

This year Jill Duffield, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Greensboro, NC, and former editor of Presbyterian Outlook, is our convocation speaker and Samuel Son, manager of diversity and reconciliation at the Presbyterian Mission Agency, is our evening worship leader. Bryce Wiebe, director of special offerings, will lead the youth convocation speaker.  Heidi and Greg Bolt, co-pastors of First Presbyterian Church in Red Wing, MN, will lead morning prayers.

Mark your calendars for July 25-30, 2021!

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Course Registration and Housing

There are two registration sites for Synod School 2021.

To register for Synod School and for your classes:  https://synod-of-lakes-and-prairies.events.idloom.com/synod-school-2021

To register for housing: https://synod-of-lakes-and-prairies.events.idloom.com/synod-school-2021housing

Catalog for Synod School 2021

The Synod School Catalog includes information on the theme, guest speakers, worship leaders, staying on campus, and classes.  To see the catalog online,

Frequently Asked Questions

According to CDC guidelines, we encourage all who are able to be vaccinated prior to Synod School.  We do not want to become a spreader event!

Masks or no masks?

  • The Synod School Committee is STRONGLY encouraging those who are not vaccinated to wear masks when around others, especially because the youngest among us do not have access to the vaccine.
  • Masks will be required of all people in worship for singing since singing indoors in a large group is not yet considered safe. So pack your masks!
  • Due to the Delta variant, we advise anyone who feels safer wearing masks to do so.  Tie-dye masks anyone????  Bring some boring white ones and leave with some unique ones :).

What will be different this year?

  • Weather permitting, we will do more activities outside.  There will be a tent outside the dining hall and we will have evening coffee houses and the dance out on the patio.  You may want to bring a favorite chair and some bug spray.
  • The pool is closed :(.

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Participating Virtually in Synod School 2021

Synod School 2021’s virtual component will include live-streaming of A Song and Prayer, Adult Convocation, Evening Worship, a time for fellowship with other virtual participants, and some evening events.  In addition, about a dozen classes are being offered for adults and youth  during the days.  To participate online, register at https://synod-of-lakes-and-prairies.events.idloom.com/synod-school-2021

A list with links to those who are registered will be sent out the week before Synod School starts.

Synod School Scholarships

Are scholarships available?  YES, thanks to the generosity of the Synod School community.  We offer first time attendees a scholarship of $50 and still have more to share with others.  Ordinarily our scholarships are matching scholarships (i.e., we match what your congregation or presbytery offer you).  To apply, fill out this form:  https://lakesandprairies.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Scholarship-Application-Form.doc

Teaching in 2022

Applications for teaching an adult class or volunteering to teach our children and youth are being received.  Please go to this website to complete the form.  Deadline for adult class options is September 15, 2021.  https://synod-of-lakes-and-prairies.events.idloom.com/2022-synod-school-teaching-volunteer-application