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Going to give: a reflection on Youth Assembly 2009


Kathy Giesbrecht (left)shares a group hug with several youth from across the country, and Anna Rehan, MC Canada Youth Ministries Faciliator (centre, wearing bunny ears).

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September 17, 2009
-Kathy Giesbrecht

CARONPORT, Saskatchewan — As the Home Street Mennonite Church youth group, we knew we would 'get' stuff (fun, inspiration, adventure, new friends, stainless steel mugs, challenges, etc) when we went to the Mennonite Church Canada Youth Assembly in Caronport, but I'm not sure we realized how significant our giving would be.

We went with offerings in tow; a daily expression of lament, a display table and seminars focused on the Department of Peace (D.O.P.), give-aways promoting the D.O.P. website, and bright red D.O.P T-shirts. To keep God's vision for peace 'alive and well' at this gathering of the Church was the gift we had hoped to offer. We will never know what will become of the seeds of peace that we sowed, we trust the Spirit with this.

Attending a youth assembly with the intent of 'going to give' set this experience apart from my past assemblies. Focusing on how we could speak into the life of the Church with encouragement and challenge added a depth of meaning that served to refresh my vision for Church gatherings. Gong to this gathering was not only about what we would experience, who we would meet or who we would hear speak, it was also about what we could bring to our brothers and sisters.

I did a whole lot of learning during this year's Youth Assembly and am grateful for all the gifts of wisdom/ challenge/inspiration the Spirit entrusted to us, yet I do believe it was this experience of 'going to give' that left the deepest impression upon my heart.