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Beach party!


May 14, 2012
-Deborah Froese

Winnipeg, MAN. —Beach parties are not one typically associated with Mennonite Church Canada assemblies, but this year in Vancouver, young adults will have the opportunity to connect with each other for a late night, West Coast Beach Party at Garry Point Park on Sat. July 14, 2012.

Mennonite Church British Columbia (MCBC) is hosting the party in conjunction with Mennonite Church Canada’s Assembly 2012, Dusting off the Bible for the 21st Century. Iris Leung, co-chair of the Assembly Planning Committee for MCBC and Joe Heikman, who works with young adults as the associate pastor of the First United Mennonite Church, are key organizers for the event.

Heikman says the party will be informal. Participants will be carpooled to Garry Point Park after the Saturday evening worship session concludes.

“My experience at conferences is that there is a lot of indoor time, sitting around. This is a chance for young adults to get out of the hotel.”

Why should young adults come? “This is one of the few chances during the conference to see some of Richmond and experience the beauty of nature—the world beyond the hotel,” Heikman says. The area church is encouraging local Mennonite young adults who aren’t attending the assembly to join the beach party, creating a great opportunity for young adults from across the country to get to know those in BC.

The Assembly takes place in Vancouver, BC, July 12-15. The final date for registration is June 15, 2012