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Remembering God’s Future: Youth Assembly 2011


Youth Assembly 2011 Planning Committee (L to R): Scott Eyre, youth pastor, Rouge Valley Mennonite, Ont.; Aaron Neufeld, Luke Derksen, Trang Tran, Youth Planners; Anna Rehan, Mennonite Church Canada Youth Ministries Facilitator; Emma Bartel, Youth Planner; Kathy Giesbrecht, Assoc. Director, Mennonite Church Manitoba/Associate Pastor, Home Street Mennonite, Man.; (Back) Rod Wiebe, Associate Pastor of Youth and Young adults, Emmanuel Mennonite, B.C.; (Front) Jean Lehn Epp, Associate Pastor of Youth and Family Ministry, Waterloo-Kitchener United Mennonite, Ont.

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May 28, 2010
-Deborah Froese

WINNIPEG, Manitoba —As delegates begin to register for Mennonite Church Canada Assembly 2010, planners for Youth Assembly 2011 are remembering the future – a reference to the Assembly’s theme text which calls on Christians to envision God’s future of a city where all people will live in harmony.

Youth Assembly 2011 will share the theme “IT’S EPIC: Remembering God’s Future” with the adult Delegate Assembly which takes place at the same time. It is based upon Revelations 21:1-4 and 19-26 - 22:1-6.

Several Youth Planners shared their enthusiasm about the upcoming event through an email exchange.

“Come one, come all, this is going to be EPIC!!” writes Scott Eyre, youth pastor at Rouge Valley Mennonite in Ontario.

Emma Bartel concurs and adds that she is excited about the event. “We have had so many great ideas and great energy in the planning team so far, and I think the conference is going to be a great time for youth to come together in Waterloo!”

Trang Tran notes that she comes from a small church and doesn’t have a lot of opportunity to travel outside of the city. “I am very excited for the interaction I'll get to experience with everyone. I definitely look forward to making new friends!”

“We had a lot of fun at our March meeting, brainstorming and getting ideas down for the theme tag line, activities, schedule, etc.,” offers Aaron Neufeld. “I’d say we definitely have a fantastic planning committee.”

The jam-packed event is scheduled to take place July 4-8, 2011 at the University of Waterloo and Conrad Grebel University College, utilizing Ron Eydt Village (REV), the community residence of the University of Waterloo. The Planning Committee is looking at ways to reach out to the Kitchener-Waterloo community, create opportunities for interacting and enhancing the youth relationship with the larger Mennonite Church, and nurturing participants’ relationships with Christ.

A variation on Mennonite Church Canada’s Peace in the Public Square initiative, Peace in the Public Polygon (P3), is anticipated to invite youth participation in a public expression of peace and the web site. Interaction with the regular Delegate Assembly and non-stop activities such as tours and seminars are also on the agenda.

“It’s energizing to watch youth come together to worship and learn and play. They are always energized and ready to take on any challenges we present,” says Anna Rehan, Youth Ministries Facilitator for Mennonite Church Canada.

“Youth Assembly 2011 will be a space to solidify, stir, spark and spur radical faith,” says youth pastor Kathy Giesbrecht, a member of the Planning Committee. “Our youth are open to the challenge of the gospel....are we?”

Youth Assembly 2009, “Living Inside Out,” was held in Caronport, Sask. Check out Youth Assembly highlights from last year at: