Peace Sunday is coming up on Nov. 10 and Ontario Mennonite Music Camp has created a resource to help churches mark the occasion.
In the short video below, OMMC campers and staff demonstrate how to say “Peace be with you” in Amharic, French, German, Lao, Mandarin, Spanish and three other languages.
“We would love if congregations used it in their services on Sunday,” Anneli Loepp Thiessen, the camp’s director, told Canadian Mennonite in an email.
The video is the first in a series that OMMC created as a way to share the worship skills campers developed this past August.
This video uses a resource that the Voices Together committee is considering for inclusion in the new worship and song collection.
OMMC plans to release eight more videos throughout the coming months featuring a variety of prayers and songs, some of which were written by campers.
“It was exciting to see everyone's gifts come through in the project, whether it was teaching a language they knew, performing on their instrument, helping to come up with actions for a song, editing and fine tuning the prayers, writing an instrumental accompaniment, or learning sign language for a prayer,” Loepp Thiessen said.
“We have found that churches sometimes struggle to know how to engage their youth in worship planning, or how to represent the experience of youth in worship. Our hope is that these videos represent our campers’ skills and insights, and will serve as a gift to their local and national church.”
Established in 1984, Ontario Mennonite Music Camp is an annual 12-day camp for 12- to 16-year-olds that combines musical instruction with traditional camp activities. Conrad Grebel University College in Waterloo hosts the camp, and it is supported by Mennonite Church Eastern Canada.
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