Youth Assembly is an opportunity for young people to see the church in action. As youths interpret convention from their own, unique perspective, the convention allows for the inclusion of these opinions and perspectives at a time when youth are rarely elected as delegates.
The participation of youth at conventions will provide for the inclusion of the opinions and perspectives of all who have confirmed their baptismal vows at a time in the life of the church when youth are rarely elected as delegates. Youth participation is an opportunity for the entire church to hear from those who will be inheriting fuller responsibility for the church in the near future. It is also an occasion for the church to hear from and be influenced by the prophetic voice of youth whose perspective and occasional impatience are part of the work of the Spirit.
Youth Assembly would consist of youth appointed by the Synodical Bishop or appropriate synodical committee. The Eastern Synod will have 4 representatives; 2 representatives will come from both Alberta and the Territories and Saskatchewan Synods; British Columbia and Manitoba/Northwestern Ontario will each have one.
Participants of the Assembly will arrive one day prior to convention for briefings on convention procedures and community building.
The Assembly will require leadership from two persons—the ELCIC staff person and a facilitator who is not an elected delegate and whose sole responsibility is serving the Youth Assembly.
Appointees to the Youth Assembly need to be between 16 and 21 years of age at the time of the convention, and need to have an interest in the church at large, as well as the ability to reflect thoughtfully on issues and have the confidence to communicate their thoughts and opinions with the Youth Assembly and the Convention.
A $300.00 fee will be required for each participant and could be covered by the synod, the congregation or the individual or a combination thereof. This covers all their expenses for the convention including their flight, and room and board. Spending money, of course is their responsibility.
Wednesday, July 20–Sunday, July 24, 2005. The Youth Assembly participants will meet one day prior to the beginning of Convention, in order to begin to build community among themselves, to learn about convention procedures and build connections with local youth. They will be notified of the time that they need to arrive as travel plans are arranged.
Participants will be mailed their own copy of the Bulletin of Reports prior to the start of convention. This is their own copy to keep, and participants are asked to read through it prior to arriving at convention. This helps prepare for the convention.
Air travel will be arranged by the ELCIC. Those traveling by some other means will also be contacted to ensure proper meeting and departure times. The adult facilitators will have a list of everyone's arrival time (whether arriving by airline or car) and transportation to and from the airport will be arranged as well.
There are many opportunities for Youth Assembly Participants to be involved at the convention. Some areas of opportunity may include: worship, leading devotions (within the group of Youth Assembly Participants), "Voices" which are moments of reflection at the end of each business session of convention (this will be explained further at the convention); taking part in any "Discipleship" experiences or whatever the convention has planned (once again, this will be explained further). Essentially, the leaders of the Youth Assembly ask that participants bring their energy, enthusiasm, an open mind and a willingness to try new things. This is what will help to make convention an awesome experience.