United Church delegates to gather

More than 500 United Church delegates will join together in Penticton for the regular general meeting of the B.C. Conference.

Meeting at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre, the church delegates will gather for worship, fellowship, learning and business. A significant amount of time will be spent exploring the church’s role in social and global issues.

Children and youth will be a significant presence at the meeting, taking part with other participants for much of the meeting as well as holding their own educational program.

The general meeting of the conference meets two out of every three years.

Participants come from nearly 200 United Church of Canada congregations throughout the province, including the two congregations in Penticton and one in Summerland.

The meeting will be held May 26 to 29. It ends with a large worship service on Sunday, May 29. at 10 a.m. at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre where a new president of conference is installed and numerous people entering ordered ministry are welcomed.

The public are welcome to attend this worship service or drop in to the meeting at any time.

The theme is Faithful Public Witness.The organization of the event is a huge undertaking.

Summerland United Church’s minister, the Rev. Kent Israel, Kathy McMillanand and the Rev. David Sparks, all of Summerland, have been busy, attending to many tasks in preparation for the event.