In 2012, the National Protestant Chapel Guild Conference was held at the Galilee Centre in Arnprior, Ontario, from Wednesday April 24 to Sunday April 29. There were 35 attendees and the theme was “Fit for Survival” and, during the three Keynote Presentations, Dana Rittenhouse, our Vice-President helped us to discover just what it takes to be fit for spiritual survival, including what it means to put on the Whole Armour of God.
We decorated in keeping with the ‘Survival” theme and brought and donated toiletry items necessary for survival for our ‘Servant Opportunity”. In addition to these items we were able to donate a large supply of hand knitted dishcloths, which we had started during our craft time. Experienced knitters taught novices and so everybody had a hand in preparing the cotton dishcloths. This craft, simple as it seems, was a huge hit and we had to send people into town to get more wool in order to keep the knitters supplied.
Our outdoor activity involved a spiritual reflection walk, based on the Whole Armour of God and concluded with the assembly of a jigsaw puzzle depicting this armour.
The Games Night saw the return of some old favourites and the introduction of some new and fun activities.
During this year’s AGM it was decided that the 2013 conference would be held in Edmonton. We had one lifetime member added to the role, from Greenwood.
Once again we held an entertaining and successful skit night and mystery auction and enjoyed an evening of music, this time, provided by the group “The Road to Damascus”.
The communion service was prepared and led by our Chaplain Advisor, Barb Putnam. Many of us were able to attend the Sunday Morning Service at the Elizabeth Park Chapel before we went our separate ways much fitter for survival than when we had arrived.