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Youth assembly planners (l-r) are: Larissa F. Kropf (MB), Anna Rehan (staff, MC Canada), Jason Feick (SK), Heather Gallian (ON), Russ Klassen (BC; (front) Tim Froese (BC), and Jen Nickel (BC).

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October 13, 2006
-by Dan Dyck with Anna Rehan

Winnipeg, Man. — The youth of Mennonite Church Canada are invited to a party in Abbotsford, B.C. from July 3-6, 2007.

The celebration promises to be a party of a special kind: Mennonite youth from across Canada will gather to, in their words, “worship with other youth from across Canada, make new friends, serve and learn together with adults, deepen commitments to Jesus Christ, and experience the church’s geographic and multi-cultural diversity.”

Other highlights anticipated include living together in dorms, making lasting memories, and not worrying about exchange rates – a reference to the bi-national youth assembly in Charlotte, N.C. in 2005.

The theme for assembly is “Built to Last” based on 1 Corinthians 3:11, and will be the same theme used for the adult assembly.

This uniquely Canadian party is “The national youth assembly for Mennonite Church Canada,” said Anna Rehan, Youth Ministry Facilitator and lead planner for the event. “It happens every other year, and 2007 is the next youth event in the rotation,” she added, noting that the bi-national youth events held jointly with MC USA are a thing of the past.

Rehan points out a location change from Vancouver to Abbotsford came at the request of the Mennonite Church British Columbia who determined that an Abbotsford location would engage as many MCBC people as possible in the assembly. Host location for the 2007 event will be Mennonite Educational Institute (MEI). Youth will overnight at the nearby Trinity Western University in Langley.

Planners of both youth and adult events say there will be plenty of opportunities for interaction with one another to “strengthen their ties with 'our' national church.”

The Registration cost is $375 (youth), $325 (sponsors) and will cover lodging, meals, and all activities. Any youth having completed grades 9 – 12 in 2007 is eligible to attend.

More detailed information will be posted at www.mennonitechurch.ca/events/abbotsford07/ as it becomes available. Promotional posters and detailed registration forms are being planned.