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An adventurous junior-high retreat in Saskatchewan

Kirsten Hamm-Epp
By Kirsten Hamm-Epp
Waldheim, Saskatchewan | Jun 28, 2017 | Volume 21 Issue 14

Derek Neufeld, foreground, does his best during the coffee house at SMYO junior-high youth retreat. (Photo by Kirsten Hamm-Epp)

Say yes, and get out of your comfort zone. These were the two main take-aways from the Mennonite Church Saskatchewan junior-high retreat, held from May 26 to 28, 2017, at the Shekinah Retreat Centre.

Four different local speakers—Stephanie Siemens, Mat Rouleau, Hamilton Fast and Ron Schellenberg—took on the theme, “Life’s an adventure.” Together, this adventurous group led the youth through activities and challenges that encouraged saying yes and being open to where a life of discipleship can take them, whether that was to Mt. Robson, a two-month cycling trip in a foreign country, eating an every-flavour jelly bean or simply saying hi to someone new at school.

Youth took this challenge from the speakers seriously, reaching new heights on the climbing wall, taking to the skies on the zip line, and showing true bravery and talent at the coffee house.

The biggest challenge of the weekend turned out to be playing Giant Dutch Blitz in the wind; but not to worry, sponsors proved to be excellent weights!


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