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Youth Assembly to transition to new biennial schedule by 2016


Youth join in a walk for peace at the Mennonite Church Canada youth assembly 2011 in Waterloo, Ont. – photo by Dan Dyck

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December 22, 2011
-staff, from reports

Winnipeg, Man. — After considering a number of options, the Christian Formation Council, at its October 2011 meeting, approved a cycle of Canadian youth gatherings which will see a stand-alone event held in Manitoba in 2013. Two years later, in 2015, Mennonite Church Canada will plan a unique gathering opportunity in conjunction with the dates of the global Mennonite World Conference Assembly in Pennsylvania. Then, in 2016, Youth Assembly will take place on the regular biennial cycle of national gatherings, together with adult delegate meetings.

Mennonite Church Manitoba youth pastors and Area Church leaders are extending an invitation to all Mennonite Church Canada youth to come to Manitoba for Youth Assembly 2013. This will be a “youth only” gathering, falling between the even-numbered years of the biennial cycle of delegate gatherings approved by Mennonite Church Canada delegates in Waterloo in July 2011.

“The support we have received for hosting the Youth Assembly in Manitoba in 2013 has been incredible,” said Kathy Giesbrecht, Associate Director of Leadership Ministries for Mennonite Church Manitoba (MCM). “Mennonite Church Manitoba youth leaders look forward to how God will use this Assembly to challenge and strengthen the faith of Mennonite Church Canada youth.”

Ken Warkentin, Executive Director added: “Mennonite Church Manitoba is eager to be the hosting location of this next Mennonite Church Canada Youth Assembly. We look forward to welcoming the youth of our church and growing in relationship with each other.” Exact dates and location of Youth Assembly 2013 will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

Dave Bergen, Executive Minister, Formation said he is pleased to see the enthusiasm already being expressed by MCM for Youth Assembly 2013. Further details will be announced as plans are firmed up, said Bergen, but in the meantime urged youth to see a few of their expressions from Waterloo 2011captured on videos at

An excited Giesbrecht added, “We are on the way and would like to extend an invitation for the youth of Mennonite Church Canada to gather with us in Manitoba in the summer of 2013!”