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Be the Light

Our theme this year is “Be the Light” based on John 1:5, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” That verse is first of all about Jesus; while we are surrounded by reminders of darkness in this world, it is good news that Jesus is “the light of the world” (John 8:12).

But Jesus also said to his disciples – and to us – “you are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14). As followers of Jesus, we have been given the exciting calling to be light in the darkness, a calling that is easy to forget or neglect. Join us at this year’s convention as we seek to grow in embracing the comfort and challenge of the mission that Jesus has given to us.

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 look forward to your attendance at the 2021 RYS National Youth Convention to be held July 12-16 at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho, D.V. Hope to see you in there!

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 & 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. It’s a perfect combination of splashy whitewater and relaxing floating. For those who desire a calmer afternoon, we have a downtown Boise excursion with Zoo Boise, several museums, paddle boat rentals, cafes and shopping as options, all surrounding a beautiful park. 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!

We look forward to your attendance at the 2021 RYS National Youth Convention to be held July 12-16 at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, ID, D.V. 

Registration Fees:

Member church – Early registration – Now through February 1: $425.00 (U.S.)
Member church – Late registration – Feb. 2 – April 1: $440.00 (U.S.)

Non-member church – Early registration – Prior to February 1 : $465.00 (U.S.)
Non-member church – Late registration – Feb. 2 – April 1: $480.00

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!

  • July 12, 2021 - July 17, 2021
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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