There is at present only one that can properly be called the Convention. Only one that we have in mind when we constantly speak of it in that way. There have been many conventions of various groups. There have been other conventions of the FPRYPS. But the one that now stands in the lime lights as the center of all our attention is the 1944 Convention, or “The Fourth Annual Convention of the Federation of the Protestant Young People’s Societies.”
Fuller Avenue Talitha and the Young Men’s will be the host societies for this convention on the last two days of August. For months plans have been laid by the host societies to make this convention live in the memories of all who attend. For months our young people have been arranging to come from far and wide to get in on this all-important event. Soon their paths will converge at that one point, the meeting place in the First Protestant Reformed Church of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
In many ways this convention will be different from the former ones. The main difference will be that this is a “war” convention. It will be held at a time when the nations are still locked in bloody conflict, when most of our young men are far from home and unable to attend, when the thought of war and all its implications is never completely out of our minds. It will be evident in speech, in conversation, and in every activity.
This is bound to affect the convention in every way. No one anticipates, nor does anyone intend that it should be otherwise. The intention is not to cast all care to the wind, or to shut the realities of life from our sight by losing ourselves in frivolities. But it is the intention to meet in Christian fellowship to strengthen the bond that unites us in the faith. To discuss together the common problems of the day as faced by our covenant youth. To be inspired together to renewed faithfulness and zeal in maintaining our “home front”. And to keep everything “as was” for our boys returning home after the conflict is over.
This Convention sets itself to a weighty task. You cannot afford to miss it. Once more the by-word is: “We’ll see you at the Convention!”