On a cold and wet weekend at the end of January, young people aged 14-25 from URC churches around the country met together at the 2020 Youth Assembly in Staffordshire. 19 young people from churches across Yorkshire were part of the weekend, joining in worship, discussions, workshops, activities and a very tiring Ceilidh.
Youth Assembly is the main opportunity for URC young people to get together in the year. It is where the ‘Youth Exec’ are voted for and the young people of the URC can express their opinions on various issues of the day in order to inform the General Assembly and its Mission Council. Youth Assembly is one opportunity for young people to share their voices nationally and to connect with the church more widely than just in the synod.
It was great to have a good group there from our synod (including German and American volunteers currently serving in our churches) and even more exciting to see several people standing for election to different posts on the Youth Exec. Young people from St Andrew’s (Roundhay), Shiregreen (Sheffield), and Brackenhall (Huddersfield) all bravely put themselves forward to serve in different ways and join our current Synod Youth Rep, Jacob Lowe. There were more attending for the first time who were brave enough to stand up and speak in the meetings as well as getting involved in the groups and activities that were going on.
The next opportunity for our young people to meet together will be at the Youth Forum that happens alongside the Synod meeting on Mar 14th. Please mention it to anyone who might be interested in meeting others their age from across the synod to share some worship, discussion and fun together.
Also, please remember there are 10 places for anyone under 26 to attend the Synod itself – these are in addition to your church’s normal places. Let Megan or Jon know if you are interested.
Megan Tillbrook, Children & Young People Development Practitioner