While everyone was busy cranking out their “what we did this weekend postings” I was still enjoying my weekend at the Old German Baptist Church Conference! So today I decided it was time to get ‘er done! lol
Now before we get to reading to far down I want to make something very clear.
I am a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ. By my faith in his saving grace, I have a lively hope of a home in heaven. That being said, I am also a member of the Old German Baptist Brethren Church-New Conference. We are a “plain church” with Anabaptist background.
The German Baptist (GB) church districts spread from the east to the west coast. On a yearly basis we meet in one location for a weekend of wonderful fellowship. The kids meet new friends, the adults see old ones (and meet new ones). Not everyone can come but as many as can, do. We love church conferences because not only are we sharing praise about the Almighty, we are also congregating.
I must apologize for the poor quality of these photos, I did bring my camera with me to the conference but would you know? It stayed in my room the whole time! So I used my phone and as a result the quality is not up to par. Oh well.
The last four years the Cedarville Christian University has been wonderful to us. From renting out the entire faculty for our use, to catering meals and also allowing us to rent dorms to stay in while there. We have been truly blessed by them.
Sitting in the chapel during services. We were up in the balcony and I had sat my bible on the ledge to read it, and then decided it would be a neat photo.
The Elders and Ministers sat up on the podium.
Fun Fact: There are over 2000 members of our church, not counting young children. I am not sure what percentage made it to conference this year.
The women’s side at communion Sunday night.
Standing in line for lunch. The food was very good, however when you are used to eating whole foods and organics… well lets just say it did have some rather adverse effects on our digestive systems. 🙂
Inside the dining area things could get rather chaotic, however there were some wonderful volunteers who helped keep things running smoothly.
Only at a GB gathering… there were tables placed near the doors of the Stevens Center so that when we went in to eat we didn’t have to carry our purses and Bibles with us. There were 2-4 of these tables clear full depending on what time it was.
Walking from the Stevens Center (where we ate) to church for afternoon services.
Monday evening after church the young folks (alot of families will often join in also) always gather to sing. I embedded a video of one of the songs for you. I didn’t start recording as quick as I should have so the first sentence got a little bit cut off. The Title of the song is All Rise.
The preteen center where I spent most of Saturday afternoon helping out. Yes, there are teenagers there as well.
Playing high water, low water.
I couldn’t believe how high these kids were jumping. This little girl was maybe 10 years old and this rope was at my waist! Sorry the pics are so blurry.
Here is hubby asking some girls if they want a ride. 🙂 There were prob a dozen or more of these carts and those who were helping park drove them around mostly giving rides to the elderly because this was a fairly large campus and the walk from dorms to the main buildings was to much for some.
Remember what I said about reconnecting with old friends? There you go! And no that is not me 🙂 It’s just exactly what you would see all over the campus, little groups of people here and there enjoying each others fellowship.
So that is my weekend at the Old German Baptist church conference in a nutshell for you!