The Mennonite Church USA biennial convention offers something for everyone. Intergenerational worship is a highlight for all ages. Equipping seminars are designed for youth and adults as well as youth pastors/sponsors. The recreation hall provides a place to get your blood flowing after sitting most of the day. The exhibit hall gives agencies and convention participants a chance to network with each other.
Adults typically come in one of the following roles:
- Agency representative
- Youth sponsor
- General attendee
All roles will have access to the full convention experience, including worship services and equipping sessions. Agency representatives often have responsibilities with exhibiting. Youth sponsors help youth make the most of their convention experience. Delegates fill the extra role of participating in delegate sessions. General attendees can sit in on delegate sessions, participate in Equipping sessions and fellowship with old and new friends
Youth get the opportunity to worship, learn, play and fellowship. The opportunity that convention provides to gather with the broader church helps youth realize they are part of something bigger than just their local congregation and see how God is working across the country. Over the years, many young adults have pointed to their high school convention experiences as some of the high points in their faith formation. They have explained experiencing a moving of the Holy Spirit different from their local congregations.
Junior youth have worship, equipping sessions and a service project designed specifically to help them experience God throughout MennoCon19. Some junior youth attend convention with their entire junior youth group. Others come with their family and get assigned to a smaller group of junior youth for programming.
Children from preschool through fifth grade will worship together in a smaller setting with their own programming where they can experience God in new and exciting ways. They will join new and old friends in learning sessions and recreation times. Children join their parents for meals and evening worship but otherwise programming is provided.
Infant and toddler care is also available. The care is provided during the morning, afternoon and evening time slots. Parents are responsible for their infants during meal times.