The 46th annual Protestant Reformed Young People’s Convention, hosted by the young people of South Holland, IL will be held from Monday, July 28, through Friday morning, August 1, in South Holland and on the campus of Valparaiso University, in Valparaiso, IN.
All Conventioneers will register at the Protestant Reformed Church in South Holland (16511 South Park Ave.) on Monday, from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. The first speech will be given in the auditorium of the Protestant Reformed Church in South Holland. Activities are planned in the area for the evening. The young people will spend the night in the homes of the Congregation.
On Tuesday morning, the Convention will move, by bus, to the campus of Valparaiso University. Valparaiso University is located at U.S. 30 and Route 49 in Valparaiso, IN, some 40 miles southwest of South Holland. This large (310 acres), lovely campus, associated with the Lutheran Church, has all the facilities necessary for a Convention—modern residence halls; meeting rooms; a chapel; and leisure time facilities, including those for tennis, basketball, softball, bowling, billiards, swimming, jogging, and many other activities.
The Convention theme is “Being Reformed in 1986: Heritage and Calling.” Our purpose is that, by God’s mercy, the young people will be reminded of their glorious heritage—the Reformed Faith—and will be stirred up to an energetic carrying out of the calling that comes to them with this heritage. Rev. M. Kamps, Rev. B. Gritters, and Rev. J. Slopsema will develop and apply the theme in three speeches on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings. By means of discussion groups, the young people will be able to respond to the speeches and to learn from each other.
We are making a special appeal this year to our older young people (young adults)—high school graduates and older, into the 20’s—to attend the Convention. Many (unfortunately, we think) have dropped out of Young People’s Society and the Convention; and we are urging them to “drop in,” again. We are planning certain activities for them, by themselves, as well as separate discussion groups for them.
Everyone attending the Convention, without exception, must register. A pre-registration form can still be obtained by calling us at (312) 895-8549, or (312) 596-3113.
Adults who might desire to stay in the area during the Convention are invited to call us, to try to arrange lodging for them (campground, motel, etc.). We will do what we can to help.
Our one, great goal with the Convention is the glory of our Holy God, in Jesus Christ. Therefore, we require all who come to have this purpose in their hearts. We expect godly behavior of every Conventioneer. Everyone must know and be determined to keep the few, basic rules that appear on the pre-registration form; and parents ought to impress upon their sons and daughters that they obey them.
See you in South Holland?