A Place for Belonging

By Carson Atkinson, young adult who serves faithfully at Deacon at FBC – Dunnville

In today’s fast-paced and interconnected world, where technological advancements and shifting societal values dominate the landscape, finding a sense of purpose and belonging can be a formidable challenge, particularly for young adults. Amidst this search, an institution continues to provide solace, guidance, and a community of like-minded individuals: CBOQ Assembly. In this article, I am going to answer three questions.

First question, why should someone attend? Assembly offers a platform for leaders to provide updates on the progress, achievements, and challenges faced over the past year. By attending, you can gain a comprehensive understanding of CBOQ activities, financial status, and future plans. It helps individuals stay informed and engaged in the life of the CBOQ. It also provides an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments and milestones of the CBOQ community. It is a time to acknowledge the dedication and hard work of volunteers, staff, and leaders. By attending, you can share in the collective joy and appreciate the progress made by the CBOQ.

Second question, what are three things I have gotten out of Assembly in the past? The biggest thing I get out of attending Assembly and other CBOQ activities is personal growth and spiritual nourishment. Assembly includes elements of worship, prayer, and spiritual reflection. These moments of devotion and shared faith can be personally enriching and provide a space for me to grow spiritually. I also get to engage with our CBOQ family. Assembly is a gathering point for the church community. It provides a platform to connect, build relationships, and foster a sense of belonging. Lastly, we get to actively participate in shaping the direction and priorities of CBOQ and assist in being a voice for our smaller church communities.

Final Question, why do you feel other young people should attend? I think it is very important that young people be involved in the church community in all aspects, to help grow the church and the next generation of leaders.