Community Life events at the Cobo Center will start at 8 a.m., as it come to life with a live show similar to “Today” or “Good Morning America.” This variety show will feature live music, engaging hosts, interactive segments and interviews with Gathering participants. Additionally, Cobo will host food vendors (including food trucks with local fare!) and will have plenty of spaces to enjoy breakfast with new friends.
Also starting at 8 a.m., there will be up to four live-music venues opening in and around Cobo. These venues will remain open throughout the day as the morning show action transitions to the outdoor carnival-esque Terrace Stage. Partnering with the Cobo food court and numerous local food trucks, your group’s lunch can include live music, games and activities.
Cobo is also the home of Proclaim Community, a space for learning and interacting with other Gathering participants. Community Life and Proclaim Community are partnering to provide gaming, inflatables and karaoke lounges. There will also be quiet zones suitable for napping and relaxing with friends and even an air-conditioned movie venue screening short films and daily features.
Cobo can be your group’s launch pad for entertainment and adventure throughout your Gathering day!
Community life in the body of Christ is centered on worship, prayer and time to dwell in God’s word. Community Life worship and prayer activities will provide space and support for worship in the midst of our rising up together.
Cobo will have two Holy Communion worship services each morning, a chapel, prayer rooms, labyrinths and meditation rooms. Housing properties will have times and places for community prayer. The “Final 15” will serve as a time of closing reflection and prayer for participants wherever they find themselves at 11:45 p.m. The “Final 15” is 15 minutes at the end of each day that participants spend together reflecting on the daily theme and their experiences in Detroit to that point.
You can gather with other participants in your hotel or meet as a congregational group, but know that the entire community, and many friends from home, will be joining with us for those same prayers for the Gathering, Detroit and the world. Keep watching for information on how your congregation can participate in the “Final 15.”
Each housing property will have a Community Life team focused on building community and acting as a conduit for communications and crisis intervention in Gathering properties. You will meet this team when you check-in for the Gathering at your hotel.
Many Community Life teams will be able to offer an early morning prayer service option for congregations awaiting bus departure. Other teams will offer late-night options, gathering around pools and in small breakout rooms for conversation, meditation or song as you wind down after a full day of the Gathering.
What can your group do between your afternoon events and your evening at Ford Field?
Your group can take in the high-energy programming and large food court at the Marriott hotel at the Renaissance Center, or a Community Life concierge can help you find a downtown restaurant matching your group’s tastes, or you can go to Ford Field in the early evening to buy dinner and find your seats.
Opening the doors to Ford Field will allow groups to use the stadium concessions as an evening meal option and enjoy the air-conditioned space. We hope allowing groups to enter for dinner will lead to shorter lines at the doors with less waiting outside in the heat. We also hope this helps congregational groups get a meal with less rushing.
Recorded music, satellite stages and the Gathering House Band will provide entertainment as groups filter into the stadium after their day spent Proclaiming Justice, Story and Community around Detroit.
What if your group isn’t quite ready to head to Ford Field?
Some relaxation spaces will still be open at the Cobo Center. There are also restaurants downtown where groups can have dinner. Community Life concierges can help your group find the right establishment for your tastes and budget.
If you are looking for high-energy programming and entertainment, the Marriott hotel at the Renaissance Center nightly events are designed for you. The RenCen, as it is known, will come alive with a host of Community Life activity options – including food vendors! Located about halfway between Cobo and Ford Field, the large indoor food court with a Starbucks and other quick-service restaurants, will be handy for eating and still having time to play.
Community Life entertainment at the RenCen will include mini-concert venues with some of your favorite Lutheran acts, dance venues, the “Gathering Voice” competition, an interactive Fun Club with inflatable games, karaoke and a few other surprises. These events will remain open until almost 7:30 p.m., just before the start of the satellite stage entertainment at Ford Field. This will give everyone enough time to get in and seated before the curtain rises at 8:30 p.m.