From the two host congregations for the 2016 PR Young People's Convention - Grace PRC (Standale, MI) and Wingham PRC (ON, Canada) - comes this updated notice of this year's event:
Special Newsletter from the Publicity Committee (also attached in pdf):
2016 Convention News (www.prcconvention.com)
The Grace and Wingham churches have been hard at work planning this year’s convention to be held Lord willing at Lake Williamson from August 8-12. We’d like to share with you a few of the decisions that are being made, but for more details, please visit our website at prcconvention.com.
Michigan Churches Transportation:
The transportation committee has their work cut out for them this year because the busing company traditionally used is in in the middle of restructuring. Because we now pay market rate, busing to the convention from the GR area has been set at $100 per conventioneer. The transportation committee early on made contact with all the young people’s societies because of this increased cost for two reasons:
1. So the societies can plan fundraisers with this increased transportation cost in mind.
2. To provide the option for each church to organize their own transportation.
Transportation using 12-15 passenger vans can be done more cheaply than a coach bus. A few churches have expressed interest and have secured the use of a large vehicle cheaply. If a convention chaperone can be found to drive the van, the cost per conventioneer might be half the cost of a seat on the coach bus. Because the transportation committee needs to keep this process organized and because they need to ensure that individual conventioneers do not drive, they ask each church to communicate their plans to them.
Churches outside Michigan:
You do not have to go to Michigan prior to the convention. It makes sense for those driving from Iowa and the Chicago area to go directly to the camp. Those who desire to fly, can fly into St. Louis and the transportation Committee will pick you up there and bring you to the convention.
Because of the increased cost of transportation, a tough decision was made regarding chaperone transportation cost. Typically this was free of charge. This year we hope that many chaperones will choose to drive conventioneers to Lake Williamson. If however, a chaperone needs to use the coach bus, the ticket will still cost $100.
The steering committee was involved this past month in establishing the price of the convention at $335 per conventioneer. (This does not include transportation.) Lake Williamson gets great reviews for their accommodations and especially their food! We think it’s well worth the price.
The activities committee is fine-tuning their list of events that will keep the conventioneers busy. They held a trial run with many members at Grace Church to get reactions and opinions. A follow up is being planned sometime this spring. Wingham Church is planning the banquet and has decided on the theme of Bon Voyage; highlighting the countries of Netherlands, Scotland, France and Egypt. A Pinterest page will be added to the website soon for suggestions on what to wear.
In His Service, Publicity Committee