Conference Assembly: ‘Formed by the Risen Christ’

Posted on July 2, 2012 by VMMissions Staff

We gather at Virginia Mennonite Conference’s annual Assembly for worship, fellowship, cooperative learning, sharing our experiences and insights, and group discernment. Delegate sessions, workshops, special events, and evening worship will fill our time together. Assembly participants will explore the theme “Formed by the Risen Christ,” which builds on the Mennonite Church USA Purposeful Plan priority of Christian formation.

Christian Formation: This priority reflects the various ways that Jesus is the center of our faith. Missional churches read scripture in such a way that it helps form them into the image of Jesus Christ.

Delegate sessions are designed for congregational delegates to interact, hear input about Christian formation, and conduct the business of the conference. While these sessions are specifically for delegates, all Assembly registrants are welcome to attend. Participants will learn how VMC congregations are engaging in Christian formation. George R. Brunk III will lead two Bible studies and Virginia Mennonite Missions’ guests will share testimonies. Saturday morning’s session will occur in a special format where small groups will reflect on the discernment journey.

Workshops to resource congregations for Christian formation include: forming Christ in our children, peace and vows of nonviolence, habits of life and worship, Christian formation with young adults, mission in the 21st century, practicing disciple-making, Biblically-focused worship planning, and Christian funeral practices. All Assembly registrants may attend workshops.

Congregational peace advocates will be invited to gather over Friday lunch, and young adults over Friday dinner. Everence is sponsoring a complimentary breakfast for active pastors and spouses on Friday morning. For Saturday morning breakfast, Mennonite Men has scheduled speaker Merlin Miller, and Inga Mast will address the Mennonite Women.

All are welcome, regardless of Assembly registration, to participate in evening worship and the special events following. Childcare during worship is provided for infants through those who have completed kindergarten. After Thursday evening worship, attendees may either practice with the “Mennonites” chorus or enjoy “Formed for Mission,” featuring stories from Virginia Mennonite Missions workers, bluegrass by the Lucas Creek Band, worship movement by God’s Girls, and local homemade ice cream for sale. The “Mennonites” chorus will perform on Friday after worship.

Special activities for youth attending with families or youth groups include sessions with speaker Lesley Francisco, a peace workshop, worship with the gathered Assembly, and an afternoon at Virginia Beach. Youth registration is required.

Registration and payment are required for attendance at all events prior to 7 p.m. each day. Register and pay online here or check with your congregation for a printed form. Register by July 9. You are responsible for reserving lodging. Make your reservation by June 25 at hotels listed to receive a discount.

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