Banff, Alta., has hosted numerous Mennonite and Mennonite Brethren national youth gatherings. Pictured are youth “crowd surfing” at a 1995 Mennonite Brethren event in Banff. Events like these have been important times of building friendships with youth leaders, people within one’s own church, and those from across the country. Youth were inspired to be faithful Christians and became aware of the wider Mennonite church. Will these events continue? If not, how will youth continue to have opportunities to deepen friendships, be inspired and become part of the larger Mennonite church in the future?