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The 2019 Mennonite Church USA (MC USA) convention, referred to as MennoCon19, will be held July 2-6 at the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Registration to attend opens on Feb. 6.
“MennoCon19 has something for everyone,” says Scott Hartman, MC USA director of event planning. “We’ve also made some changes and incorporated new events that will make this a convention unlike any other.”
One example, according to Hartman, is intergenerational worship where the adults, youth and junior youth will worship together. Worship will focus on John 20:19-22, where Jesus appears to the disciples after he had risen from the dead. This Scripture is also part of the “Pathways” study guide, which MC USA encourages all convention participants to engage ahead of time.
“We have engaging worship speakers and seminar presenters lined up that bring expertise in their fields,” says Hartman. “Look for announcements about them soon.”
Delegate Assembly resources are available now, and more information will be added as it becomes available leading up to the Delegate Assembly. Youth, ages 16-21, are also invited to participate in the Delegate Assembly as representatives of their congregations, conferences, racial/ethnic or constituency groups through the Step Up program. Early in the 2019 delegate sessions, delegates will vote on approving these youth representatives as official voting delegates for the remaining sessions. Step Up participants can indicate this role when they register.
“The Step Up program creates space for youth to belong, and that’s huge,” says Shana Peachey Boshart, MC USA denominational minister for faith formation. “It helps youth understand their church and gives them a voice.”
The link to the registration form will be available on the convention website registration page beginning at 10 a.m. EST Feb. 6. The website also includes a registration guide that explains the registration process, medical release information and the scholarship application. Hotel reservations will open at 10 a.m. EST Feb. 13 through a link provided at registration. Rates and deadlines are available on the website.
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