After two years of postponing due to Covid-19, the annual St. Lawrence Family Conference returned. 221 people attended for the whole weekend with a total of 270 people at various points over the weekend. The Labour Day weekend saw families make the trip from Ottawa, Russell, Kitchener, and more for four days of teaching, fellowship, fun, and amazing food. It was a time of encouragement and delight for all who attended. 

The guest speaker, Rev. Winston Bosch, delivered four powerful messages on how to live in each stage of life by choosing joy and living for God’s glory. He and his wife also spent time at the campfire pit, telling us about their time as missionaries in Mali, Africa. We were grateful to have time to hear stories of the Boschs’ experiences around a warm fire. 

Activities this year included swimming, canoeing/kayaking, soccer, volleyball, gaga ball, the dice tournament, the 8th annual Cèilidh dance, and the annual talent show.

The morning polar bear dips were well attended, with about thirty-two people coming on Saturday morning. The Cèilidh was great fun for all the children and youth, taking place just after the talent show. Thank you to all who put their talents on display and thank you to our wonderful Cèilidh dance instructors as well. 

Reformed Book Services provided a large selection of quality Christian literature for attendees to purchase on Friday and Saturday. 

Between the lectures/services, Bible classes were organised for all ages and were a very profitable and thought provoking way to spend time.

Sunday afternoon we held a psalm sing in the chapel before moving to the dining hall to sing to our kitchen workers. The singing was absolutely beautiful with everyone lifting their voices in praise to God together.

The food was delicious for every meal, thanks to our talented kitchen staff. Many thanks as well to all the volunteers who stepped forward to help wherever it was needed, and of course to the lovely organizing team who made it go so smoothly.

Our time was filled with good conversation and teaching, meeting new people and deepening relationships. Families travelled from all over, even as far as the U.S. and it proved to be an amazing weekend for everyone. The Christian fellowship was sweet and refreshing and memories were made that will last. 

We look forward eagerly to returning in 2023, Lord willing. Thank you so much to all who attended and to all who served us so graciously. The time spent with brothers and sisters in Christ has refreshed our hearts and minds and we can’t wait to see you all next year. 

Thanks to Natalie for sharing these highlights of the St. Lawrence Family Conference. Natalie is 15 years old and attends the Ottawa RP Church, having moved here recently with her family.  This was her first SLFC experience and she looks forward to many more.

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