Meeting John Calvin in British Columbia

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Worshipers in Surrey, British Columbia, had a chance to meet John Calvin “up close and personal” during July.

Tim Hall, an amateur actor, played John Calvin for a series of services at Fleetwood Christian Reformed Church. He used monologues written by Wilma van der Leek based on Calvin’s own words.

“This series was a way to celebrate our spiritual ancestor,” said Rev. Tom Bomhof.

Because the order of worship was loosely based on Calvin’s 1542 Genevan liturgy, the congregation celebrated communion every Sunday. “Calvin believed the sacrament could nourish us better from week to week,” Bomhof said.

 “It was a rich experience,” said Hall. “I discovered so much about Calvin’s personal life and theology.”

About the Author

Jenny deGroot is a teacher/librarian in Langley, British Columbia.

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