General Information 2020-04-05T14:38:48+00:00

2020 International Convention of Bible Students Szczyrk, Poland

August 5-9, 2020

It is with saddened hearts, we inform the brethren that the August 5-9, 2020 International Convention of Bible Students in Szczyrk, Poland has been cancelled.  This includes the pre-convention choir and study seminars.

The health and safety of the brethren has been of utmost concern under the current pandemic.  The ability to travel, medical facilities, travel insurance, quarantines, as well as prohibits against large group meetings are also of great concern.  We hope, Lord willing, a similar convention may be possible some time in the future.  The joint committees will be discussing options in the coming months.

Convention Theme
…let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us. Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”   – Hebrews 12:1-2

Daily Schedule
Sessions will be scheduled daily between 9:00am and 7:00pm.  They will be a mix of discourses, panels or symposiums, testimony meetings, vespers, and a baptismal service and immersion.  Live translations will be provided for all services into English, Polish, Romanian, and select other languages.

There will be extra studies and/or presentations available following the evening meal each night.  There may be concurrent sessions and they are optional.

The afternoon of Friday, August 7 will be open for excursions, free time, and/or a possible choir performance in the village.  There is a plan for coordinated excursions for the brethren to places like Auschwitz.  Additional information on the excursion options and any associated costs will be shared at the convention.  Any cost for these excursions will be in addition to the registration fees.

There will be scheduled Bible classes for children and studies for young adults each day.  Programs will be available at the convention.

Convention Speakers
The speakers who will be serving in English include Br. Tom Gilbert, Br. Len Griehs, and Br. Larry McClellan.  Br. David Stein will chair a USA panel with the topic “What did Jesus do? Lessons from the actions of Jesus’ life.”

Choir & Study Seminars
Plans are underway to hold both chorus and study seminars pre-convention at the Eagles Nest starting on Friday, July 31 thru August 4, 2020.  The choir rehearsals and studies will be scheduled so participants can attend both.  You must be 15 years old to participate.

Br. Tim Krupa will serve as choir director for the chorus seminar with the chorus once again opening the convention on Tuesday evening, August 4.  The purpose of this seminar is to glorify and praise the Creator through hymns, as well as through accompaniment performed by multiple instrumentalists.  All these activities will prepare, in the spirit of praise, a performance for the convention and a possible local witnessing effort.

Br. Bill and Sr. Shannah Dutka are coordinating the activities of the pre-convention study seminar.  The topic is the Book of Acts.

Additional information including schedules, music, and study questions will be added to the website as they are confirmed.

Auditorium
We will open up the adjoining auditoriums of the Orle Gniazdo to create a large main room.  In the rooms located next to the main auditorium, participation will be limited to watching the services via large screens.

Meals
We are planning to take full advantage of the center’s kitchen and catering services.  Vegetarian options will be available.  We expect that due to such a large number of brethren, meals will be served in several rounds starting at the following times:
Breakfast  7:00am
Lunch        1:00pm
Dinner       6:00pm

Accommodations & Pricing
Due to the construction and modernization underway at the Orle Gniazdo, we will be utilizing several other local hotel facilities.  There will be options for two room packages including overnight accommodations and daily meals at two price levels.  Within each package, the hotel and rooms will be assigned based on criteria such as handicaps and those with small children.

Package A = Lower Standard
Adults = 125 zl/day
Meals = 40 zl/day/person

Package B = Higher Standard
Adults = 160 zl/day
Meals = 40 zl/day/person

***Children ages 13 or younger will enjoy discounted pricing for both packages.  Please see the registration form for additional details.

Please note, that due to fluctuating exchange rates we cannot confirm the final price until check in at the convention.  We will do our best to provide accurate invoices for planning purposes.

Registration
Sr. Theresa Kuehmichel is the registrar and can be reached at theresa.kuehmichel@gmail.com.

Please remember all participants, including infants and small children, will need to submit a separate registration.

***Any participants under the age of 18 years attending the choir seminar, study seminar, and/or convention without a parent are required by Polish law to complete a parental consent form.  The form will be provided on the website when registration opens.