What does it mean to be made new in Christ? How exactly do we “put off our old selves” to make room for the new things God has for us? This, among many other questions, outlined our main theme at this year’s P2C PLUS:NEW.

At a new location downtown Toronto, with a new line-up of speakers and workshops, and even three new musical artists performing (one of which had never played in Canada before), the theme ofNEWwas deeply woven into every inch of this conference.

Our social media had a chance to chat with some of the students who attended the conference from across the country. Here’s what some of them had to say about their experience and what they learned throughout the four-day event.

Mar Funk, University of Waterloo
“I am made new in Christ, and I’ve been able to reflect on a lot of changes over the past year in my life, considering where I was at this time a year ago versus where I am now…As we become more like Jesus we’re becoming our true selves.” – Mar Funk, University of Waterloo, 3rd year Honours Science

Arturo, Concordia University
“God’s unconditional love for everyone is there no matter what. No matter where we are or how we are feeling, God is always waiting for us to turn to him. As his children, we should love one another in the same way. No matter how different we are, no matter our perspective, we should cherish the fact that we are all children of God.”

Julia John (pictured on right), McMaster University
“I learned that to be new is a humbling experience…Christ came first to the earth to die for us. And when we have Christ in us, we are made new. He gives us new desires and joys and we are filled with a piece of Jesus.”

Katie Mertens, Mount Royal University
“I’ve been super excited for this conference because of the ‘new’ theme. I wanted a new experience going into the new year. I had a rough semester and I was ready for something new. It’s been a great reminder that yes, Jesus makes us new. One of the speakers was reminding us today that we’ve died to the old, the past is gone, and everything is now new.”

“It’s really cool to be at a big conference like this to be with so many students who are all here for the same reason.”

Meseret Kahsay, University of Winnipeg
“In the past couple seasons, God has really been pushing me to grow in my prayer life. This year, I decided I’m going to go to all the workshops about prayer because I’ve gone from someone who used to say that my prayers would never leave the roof to someone who enjoys and takes pleasure in praying.”

Allison, University of Prince Edward Island
“I was in the workshop about politics and Christianity and I learned that, as a Christian, it’s so easy to think that we don’t want to engage in political conversations with peers because we don’t want to upset anybody or be confrontational. We want to appear approachable and nice and want people to like us, but our peers – students across the country – they need Christians who want to engage in those conversations because they matter. We need to be a voice to people.” – Allison, University of Prince Edward Island

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Patrick Erskine

Patrick Erskine is originally from Toronto where he graduated from the Ryerson School of Journalism, he now lives in Guelph, Ontario with his wife and annoying dog. Patrick has a passion for hearing and telling stories that reflect the beauty of the gospel in a broken world. Patrick is often mistaken for a hobbit, and longs to one day return to the Shire.

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