The 46th annual Protestant Reformed Young People’s Convention sponsored by our South Holland church in Illinois was one with many good and lasting memories. It’s always hard to say good-bye to friends, new and old, who live thousands of miles away, but when I think back upon the good times we had and the things we did together, I only look forward more to the next convention.

The college at which it took place, Valparaiso University, had a nice campus with many facilities – a swimming pool, basketball and volleyball courts, racquetball courts, a recreation room and overall a big campus with lots of room. The dorms were also nice with big rooms.

The things I missed most from last year’s convention were the times spent with the chaperones and the interesting discussion groups. The topic of this convention “Being Reformed in 1986: Heritage and Calling” was a good subject, but the discussion groups I was in were not as interesting and easy to communicate in as last year. One reason could be that the young people were not mentally able to discuss the subject because they had not prepared ahead of time. They probably did not know enough about the subject. A good way to prepare is by reading the Beacon Lights which speak of the convention and what the topics are about.

I especially enjoyed the three speeches during the week. The ministers were well-prepared and very easy to understand.

I think the South Holland Young People’s Society and church did a very good job in planning this convention. It was a good experience for young people to come to a convention and be with others of the same faith. It also gives us the opportunity to grow spiritually in the grace and knowledge of God. I would like to thank the societies of South Holland, and most of all, God for giving us the opportunity for this week of fellowship.

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Jael: An Example of Christian Warfare

This article was originally presented as a speech at a Protestant Reformed mini convention held at Quaker Haven Camp in August 2021. Jael lived during the era of the judges. Deborah the prophetess was the judge who served Israel at the time of Jael. During this time, the Canaanites under the rule of king Jabin […]

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Indiana Mini Convention Review 2021

One of this year’s “mini conventions” was hosted by Grace and Grandville Protestant Reformed Churches at Quaker Haven Camp. Located just over two hours away in northern Indiana, the camp was a perfect fit for the 120 kids and 15 chaperones who attended. A total of twelve different churches were represented: Byron Center, Faith, First […]

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Editorial, November 2021: Catechism Season

At the point that this edition of Beacon Lights arrives in the homes of our subscribers, most young people in the Protestant Reformed Churches will have been sitting under the catechism instruction of their pastor or elders for more than a month. If our readers are honest, that observation probably comes with a (quiet) sigh […]

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Tennessee Young People’s Retreat 2021

The 2021 Tennessee young people’s retreat was held August 9 to 13 by Providence, Hudsonville, Unity, and First (Holland) Protestant Reformed Churches. The retreat took place at Eagle Rock Retreat Center in the city of Tallassee. It was about an eleven-hour drive, give or take a bit due to stops for food and restrooms. Though […]

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