Israel and Palestine 2019

One representative from each synod is needed, by the URC mission department, to take part in an educational visit to Israel and Palestine from 18 to 28 September 2019. There is also an additional opportunity for a young person between the age of 18 and 25 (inclusive), although the Synod representative could also be within that age range. Most costs will be covered, but two key requirements are that the person commits to a modest amount of local fundraising, and to sharing their experience around their synod upon their return. The deadline for applications is has been extended to 4 January 2019. Contact carole.sired@urc.org.uk, Administrator for Mission, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, for more information and the Children's and Youth Work Office for a booking form (if you are between 18 and 25). (Picture: The West Bank barrier, separating Israel from Palestine/Philip Brooks)

Presiding Bishop Dr István Szabó of the Reformed Church in Hungary invites young particpants aged 18 to 34 from the URC  to the upcoming Starpoint Youth Festival which will take place 21-28 July, 2019 (including travel days) in Debrecen. They will cover all the local expenses in Hungary for two delegates from the URC, you would only need to provide your own travelling costs. 

Hungarian participants of the festival that come from Hungary and its neighboring countries are always very excited to meet young people from around the world and it is an enriching and inspiring experience also for the international delegates to meet and share with each other and the Hungarian participants. There is a working group preparing the participation of the international guests and they are happy to answer all the questions you might have.

The organisers encourage you to look at news, reports, and even short videos in English from past festivals: http://csillag.reformatus.hu/#starpoint

Please contact the URC Children's and Youth Work office for further details and the link to a booking form. Completed booking forms need to be submitted to the Ecumenical Office of the Reformed Church in Hungary by 31 January at the latest. 

Don't miss this exciting opportunity. Remember, if finance is an issue for you, you can always apply to the Small Grants Fund for support. 

Youth Ambassadors  Greenbelt 

Calling all 16 to 25 year olds!

The URC needs you! Once again the United Reformed Church will have a presence at Greenbelt, the massive Christian Arts and Social Justice Festival, during the August Bank Holiday 2019. And after last year's success with our amazing team of Youth Ambassadors, the CYW office plan to provide an opportunity for 10 more young people to experience the festival in that role. As part of this new team, your job will be to promote the URC at Greenbelt by taking on shifts in our tent where we provide activities for all and by supporting URC Youth in running Cake and Debate sessions for younger visitors (11-18s). After the event your role will be to promote Greenbelt in the URC, by actively engaging in sharing your experiences around your synod. You may also be asked to take on a specific role such as helping with Comms, vlogging, taking photographs etc during the event and will be challenged to try something new every day. 

Following feedback from last year, we have decided to run a team-building and training session on 20 July to ensure that you are properly prepared for your experience and that you all know each other as a team. Then you will be needed at the venue from setting up on Thursday 22 August to packing and moving out on Tuesday 27 August (though there may be some leeway on this if needed). You will be asked to provide £25 towards costs and to provide your own tent and sleeping bag (sharing is recommended and much more fun too!) and transport but food will be provided along with the outstanding cost of your ticket. We will be camping together as a team and there will be a support team from CYW on site. 

If you're still wondering about it, read what last year's ambassadors had to say and watch these fantastic videos from Jacob and Isaac. You can also look at the Greenbelt website. You can contact the office with any questions or we can put you in touch with one of last year's youth ambassadors if you prefer. Convinced? Why not fill in the application form and tell us why you would be the perfect person to be a URC Greenbelt Youth Ambassador in 2019. 

 

Would you like to represent the URC at a Quaker youth event called Junior Yearly Meeting (JYM) in April 2019? The young people organising JYM would like to invite young people from different experiences and traditions to join them at the event.

This is a residential event planned, and facilitated by young people who work alongside and are supported by a team of staff and volunteers. This year JYM is a residential event at the Frontier Centre, Northamptonshire.

What you need to know:

  • Participants are invited to attend late afternoon of Friday 12 to mid-afternoon on Monday 15 April.
  • The cost of the event is £270. This includes fully catered accommodation, full programme costs and the option of a coach pick and drop off from Northampton or Wellingborough station before and after the event.
  • Participants must be born between 1 September 2000 and 31 August 2003 inclusive (school years 11, 12 or 13 or Scottish equivalent).
    If you have representatives that are aged over 18, or if you yourself would like to visit us for the day, do get in touch with me and we can arrange a visit.
  • As well as being a “Peace Church”, Quaker belief’s and traditions are often distinctive from other denominations. The URC Children's and Youth Work office has copies of some helpful publications explaining these so that any differences are less of a culture shock.
  • Jo Harris, our Youth Rep for Wales, attended last year and her report can be read here. She is willing for you to meet with her or talk on Skype if you want to find out more. 

·         To let us know that they plan to attend the participant should complete an initial response form at https://forms.quaker.org.uk/jym-invite/ by January 6 at the latest. They should also contact the URC Children's and Youth Work office by phone or email. 

Taster Day 

Great News! If you are too young for Youth Assembly or have always wondered what it is all about but were unsure whether it was for you and if you are in year 7/ S1 or above but still under 17, then this event is for you. On Saturday 19 January 2019, we are running a "Taster Day" alongside Youth Assembly especially for you. 

On arrival you will join others in the group in a fun team activity challenge (outdoors, weather permitting, but indoors if necessary) run by the staff of Whitemoor Lakes Activity Centre. It will be a chance to get to know some of the other people there and have some fun together. We will share lunch with the participants in Youth Assembly. We will join with Youth Assembly for a time of worship (Youth assembly style) and then a keynote talk and a choice of workshops designed to help you engage with the subject matter in a way that interests you (Youth Assembly has three of these sessions over the weekend). Finally we are planning for representatives from the Youth Exec to join you to run a mock business session – separate from Youth Assembly but running in the same way – to gather your feedback. 

We are aware that, for many, this is a long way to travel for one day but we hope to make it worthwhile and maybe tempt you to think about coming for the whole weekend next time. We will be looking at organising transport to the venue from Lichfield railway station. If distance means that an adult needs to accompany you on your journey, then never fear, we have thought of them too. We will be laying on refreshments for them, a chance to visit the local arboretum, lunch at Whitemoor Lakes and then a free afternoon in Lichfield to fill in the time while they wait for you – all for a very reasonable cost. 

 Come and be part of "One Body". Booking form is available here and bookings will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. 

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