Saskatchewan youth want to be in the loop

Donna Schulz,
<p>SMYO Committee members Zachary Stefaniuk, left, area church youth minister Kirsten Hamm-Epp, Gabby Martin (back to camera) and Hailey Funk discuss proceedings at the MC Saskatchewan annual delegate sessions.</p>

“We want a church that is for everyone, and we want to be part of making that happen.” This statement from a Saskatchewan Mennonite Youth Organization (SMYO) report to the Mennonite Church Saskatchewan annual delegate sessions appeared to be borne out by the level of engagement witnessed in members of the SMYO Committee at the March 13 and 14 meetings. In response to the MC Saskatchewan Communication Policy, Krista Loewen, associate pastor of Wildwood Mennonite, Saskatoon, and Gabby Martin, SMYO Committee member from Zoar Mennonite, Langham, charged that the policy is “not youth-friendly.” SMYO, they said, would like to be kept “in the loop,” and suggested that minutes from the various committees and organizations be “sent out with bullet points,” in addition to the longer version that is required by the area church policy.

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‘Covenanted around Jesus Christ, not our confession of faith’ (main report)

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SMYO Committee members Zachary Stefaniuk, left, area church youth minister Kirsten Hamm-Epp, Gabby Martin (back to camera) and Hailey Funk discuss proceedings at the MC Saskatchewan annual delegate sessions.

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