50th Anniversary of AACS Niagara Family Conferences
It’s hard to convey the experience of these conferences to those who have never been. For twenty years, starting in 1970, people of all ages got together on the August long weekend, staying in dorms, camping on the lawn of the Niagara Christian College or across the road at Miller’s
The original reports on conference keynote speeches, reproduced in this Square Inch website, remain a fascinating read. Here are some quotes, with links to the full report. Dr. C.T. McIntire: “We Christians must ourselves experience a spiritual disaffiliation from the American way of life. Until we have done this we
Photographs are from the following sources: GLB – George Langbroek GVDZ – George & Ann Vandezande JJ – John Joosse SDJ – Stiny & Herman de Jong If you have photographs you would like to contribute please contact Square-Inch for advice and to make arrangements. We will gladly scan your
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Photos & Stories Wanted
AACS/ICS Niagara Summer Conferences website looks for pictures and stories: You are invited to visit the website, nose around and remember, and then add your comments, greetings and even updates of where you are in God's Kingdom, 30 - 50 years later, perhaps because of these AACS/ICS gatherings. Then dig
Young and Old Alike
The AACS/ICS family conferences of the 70s and 80s fed on the youthful verve of young and old alike, and now, after all these years, the aging conferees, like their once-youthful selves, can still proclaim, in their hearts and minds, that the Kingdom is coming.
Rekindling a passion for reformed Christianity
By John Tamming: There are many ways to get fired up again for the muscular reformed Christianity of my youth. I did not think that a scotch at the Toronto Sheraton bar would be one of them.
Report – 1970 Conference
1970 AACS Niagara Conference Report: 571 find unity in the spirit and are challenged to find a Christian third way. The largest crowd of people to ever attend an AACS summer study conference, 571 fathers, mothers, scholars, students, and children, gathered on the grounds of Fort Erie’s Niagara Christian College Friday,
McIntire Keynote – 1970 Conference
1970 AACS Conference Keynote by Dr. C.T. McIntire: McIntire Advocates spiritual disaffiliation from American way of life for believers at Niagara Conference. Dr. C. T. McIntire told the conferees at the Niagara Conference on July 31 and August 1 that “we Christians must ourselves experience a spiritual disaffiliation from the American
Olthuis Keynotes – 1970 Conference
1970 AACS Conference Keynotes by Dr. James Olthuis: Olthuis sees modern man as ping pong ball bouncing between old and new moralities. Dr. James Olthuis delivered three lectures to the Niagara Conference on the old and new moralities, and the approach of a Biblical life style. About the old morality,
Worship Service – 1970 Conference
1970 AACS Niagara Conference Worship: Ontario conference holds moving worship service and celebration of unity in spirit. On Sunday, August 3, the 571 persons attending the Niagara Bible College AACS Study Conference spent 6 hours in worship and celebration of unity in the Spirit of Christ. The morning worship service followed
Credimus – 1970 Drama
1970 AACS Conference "Credimus": Mr. Ben Vandezande, teacher at the St. Catharines Christian High School, led 15 students Sunday night, August 2, in a “Credimus” (a public, communal dramaturgical confession of the central motives of God’s Word) along with nearly 400 participants. Tracing the great biblical themes of Creation, Fall, Redemption,
Report – 1971 Conference
1971 AACS Delaware Conference Report: A total of 885 persons attended the Ontario Study Conference of the Association. They came from such places as Memphis, Tennessee; Chicago, Illinois; Philadelphia , New York, from all over Ontario, and from different parts of the Eastern U.S. to hear Hendrik Hart and James Olthuis,
Bike-a-thon – 1971 Conference
1971 AACS Family Conference, Bike-a-thon: Three students biked 145 miles in 14 hours to raise between $900 and $1, 000 for Curriculum Workshop. Cathy Hoogendam, 19, Pete Van Geest, 17, and Walter Vande Kloet, 18, rode their bicycles 145 miles in a bike-a-thon for the AACS on Friday, July 30.
Larry Norman – 1971 Conference
1971 AACS Delaware Conference Larry Norman Concert: The highlight of this conference for many was the concert given by Larry Norman - the father of Christian Rock. He was good enough to hang out with reformational types by their campsites.
Robert Lee Carvill reports – 1972 Conference
1972 AACS Niagara Conference report by Robert Lee Carvill: What a conference! How can I describe the atmosphere of the 1972 Ontario AACS Conference — it was too big for words to cover. From Friday night, August 4th, to Monday afternoon, August 7th, 730 persons of every age, interest, colour, ethnicity,
Report – 1973 Conference
1973 AACS Niagara Conference report: On Friday evening, August 3, 600 people began to eagerly gather at Niagara Christian College near Fort Erie for the 14th annual Ontario AACS conference. Hundreds of little children darted through the crowd lending cheer and happy confusion as farmers from Pennsylvania, ministers and teachers from