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Meet Children’s and Junior Youth Assembly Coordinator Elizabeth Weber


June 23, 2011
-Deborah Froese

Winnipeg, MAN. — When Elizabeth Weber came to Winnipeg last fall to participate in a Young Adult Leadership Think Tank with Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA, she had no idea that it would lead to the role of Children’s and Junior Youth Assembly Coordinator for Assembly 2011.

The third-year University of Waterloo student was greeted at the Winnipeg International Airport by Elsie Rempel, Director of Christian Nurture for Mennonite Church Canada.

“We had plenty of time to chat with each other during a two-hour wait at the airport for a late arrival [for the Young Adult Think Tank],” says Rempel. “I was struck by Liz’s enthusiasm about experiences with the Vacation Bible School troop of MCEC, and her energy and love for the church.”

Rempel responded to the leadership qualities she recognized in Weber by inviting her to coordinate the Children’s and Junior Youth Assembly. After taking some time to consider the position, Weber accepted.

Weber says that there were a large number of kids in Floradale Mennonite Church during her formative years. “I found myself very active. The church provided an outlet for me to have fun but in an educational religious setting.”

She views the Children’s and Junior Youth Assembly as an opportunity for kids to have fun, learn and grow together.

In addition to her Vacation Bible School experience, Weber, who is heading toward a career in social work through Social Development Studies, served last year as the coordinator for Nairn Mennonite Church’s summer day camp. This year, the program has shifted from a half-day to a full-day camp. Weber is leading the program again, this time with the assistance of a full-time worker.

Weber says the process of organizing the Children’s and Junior Youth Assembly has been both challenging and rewarding. “It’s been a really good experience so far. Things are coming together slowly, but the highlight will be … being able to see the kids enjoy what we’ve been planning for so long.”

Reflecting on the Assembly theme, Remembering God’s Future, Weber says; “We’re coming together to create the future God has in store for us.”