In a few days, on May 27 and 28, St.Paul’s United Church, will host the annual meeting of the Toronto Conference of the United Church right here, in Midland. We expect over 350 delegates to participate in the conference which will take place for the most part at the North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre while the service of Celebration of Ministries (ordination of new ministers) will take place at St. Paul’s on Saturday night.
The theme of this year’s conference is “Weaving Our Stories Into God’s Love”. The conference will be held in Midland in 2017 and 2018 as well.
Since May 30, 2015 The United Church of Canada has been working faithfully to implement the Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, particularly those pertaining to the Church.
The focus of the Toronto Conference Annual Meeting is on learning about why our relationship with First Nations Peoples is shattered. The Conference has planned workshops throughout 2016 to help bring some understanding of the complexities of why Indigenous and Treaty Peoples’ relationships are in need of reconciliation.
The St. Paul’s planning committee has been hard at work for over a year now planning the event. It has received enormous support locally from service providers eager to assist with all aspects of the conference. Also, the capable staff of the Town of Midland have offered valuable support.
There are over 150 hotel rooms booked, over 1500 meals will be purchased, and all our historical sites and attractions will welcome our delegates.
There has been a tremendous response from over 100 volunteers, from the church and the community, to work on the conference. The committee sees this as a unique opportunity to showcase St. Paul’s, the town of Midland and the North Simcoe region as well as the excellent facilities we enjoy, such as the North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre.
Submitted by: Zena Pendlebury