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Is Your Vision 2020?

The theme verse for our main sessions this year will be Psalm 119:18: “Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.” Psalm 119, the longest Psalm in the Bible, is devoted to celebrating the goodness of God’s law. This might sound strange to us, because in North American culture “law” is thought of as a negative word, suggesting limit and restriction. But in the Bible, God’s law isn’t just a list of do’s and don’ts. It describes an entire way of life, a life that is true and good and beautiful, a life that He gives us as a gift of his grace in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

So join us as we explore the ways in which God opens our eyes to see wondrous things in his law and in all of his Word.

In addition to the main sessions, a total of 10 workshops will be featured, as well as small groups, wonderful Christian fellowship and inspirational singing. We truly hope you will be able to attend the 2020 RYS National Youth Convention to be held July 20-24 at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho, D.V.

Hope to see you in Idaho!

Main Speakers

Rev. Nick Smith is the pastor of the URC of Nampa, ID. Pastor Smith has led convention workshops the past two years as well as a regional retreat.

Rev. Bob Van Manen is the pastor of Little Farms OPC in Marne, MI. Pastor Van Manen was a keynote speaker in 2011 and 2015 and has spoken at many RYS events over the years.

Day Away & Other Fun Stuff

This year, convention participants can select from two great options. For those who prefer an outdoor adventure, we believe you will love whitewater rafting on the Payette River, described as a perfect combination of splashing white water and relaxing floating. For those who desire a calmer afternoon, we have a zoo/art museum combination for you to enjoy. You will select your day away preference at time of registration, so choose carefully. The cost of both options is covered in your registration.

As usual, boys and girls basketball, soccer, co-ed volleyball, and a 5K run will be held with RYS prizes going to the winning teams. A variety of non-sport activities will also be available to enjoy.

If you have a special talent to share, please start making plans today to try out for our annual talent show. God-glorifying variety is highly encouraged!



• Students must be at least age 14, but no older than 19 by convention, and must have completed grade 9 in school, but no more than grade 12 immediately prior to convention. Students may attend no more than four conventions.

• Sponsors must be at least 21 by convention.

• RYS strongly recommends groups adhere to a 5-1 student/sponsor ratio.

• Adult sponsors are required to attend all convention events with their students.


Registration Fees

Member Churches

•Prior to April 1: $415.00 (U.S.) per person
•April 2-15: $455.00 (U.S.) per person

Non-member Churches

•Prior to April 1: $455.00 (U.S.) per person
•April 2-15: $495.00 (U.S.) per person

Payment—Group Leaders please note:

When registration is closed, your church will receive an invoice.  Please carefully confirm that all your participants are listed on the invoice! Wait until you receive your invoice to make your payment.  Then mail one group payment to RYS Convention, 6442 36th Ave., Hudsonville, MI 49426. Payments are due no later than May 15. Cancellations before June 15 require a $50 fee. Transfers may be made with a $25 fee. No refunds or transfers after June 15.

How to Register:

 Create an online account (or use last year’s) and complete the registration form.

This year, you may register multiple people with one email address if you wish.   


Please contact RYS Director Ed DeGraaf at or (616) 667-0694.  

For more information, click the view the brochure here!


  • RYS Convention
    July 20, 2020 - July 24, 2020
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Details Price Choose One
Member Churchshow details + $415.00 (USD)  
Member Church Lateshow details + $455.00 (USD)  
Non-Member Churchshow details + $455.00 (USD)  
Non-Member Church Lateshow details + $495.00 (USD)