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Do you know a child or young person who is playing their part in the Mission of God? 

We at Children’s and Youth Work are delighted to announce the launch of the Lundie Memorial Award.

A trust fund, established in 1895 in memory of the Revd Robert Henry Lundie, has recently been re-purposed to enable us to spotlight some of the amazing work done by children and young people across the synods.

This award is designed to spotlight and celebrate individuals using their God-given skills, time and talents to good effect within their church, their community, their synod or even nationally.

Each month for 100 months we will make an award to one such person—they will be presented with a certificate, a very special medal, and £100 to be spent on something of their choice that benefits children and young people in their church or synod. Nomination forms should be filled in and sent to your Children’s and Youth Development Officer (CYDO) or equivalent for your synod.

Suggested nominations: a young carer, young person running a holiday club, child volunteering at a dementia café, young person fund raising for a messy church outing, a young person providing live music for services, a child raising money for an overseas development project, a young person training older people in the use of technology, etc.

The awards will be made by region: Yorkshire, East Midlands, Eastern in January; Scotland, Northern and North Western in February; Wessex, Thames North and Southern in March; and Mersey, West Midlands, Wales and South Western in April in the first instance. Nominations will need to be submitted by the 6th of the preceding month (the end of November for January) 

So start nominating those amazing children and young people and let’s celebrate the things they are doing to put their faith into action.

 

Nomination form [word]

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Youth Assembly 2020 will be held at Whitemoor Lakes in Alrewas from 24 to 26 January 2020. If you are in year 10 (S3) or above and not over 25, associated in some way with the URC and keen to have fun, learn, make friends and have your say, then this is the event for you. 

The theme this year is Common Ground: Where Is It? and the event will include keynote speakers, workshops, social events, Bible studeis and worship as well as business sessions. To find out more about last year's Youth Assembly and to read Round Up, the Youth Exec's newsletter full of photos and reports from Youth Assembly 2019, go to our URC Youth page

Bookings are now open. If you book before or on 11 November 2019, you will qualify for our special early bird price of £110 for the weekend, all inclusive (not including travel, which is your own responsibility). From 12 November onwards the price will be £140. Bookings close on 1 January 2020 so book now to be sure of your place. 

There will be a creche for children up to and including the age of 5. Here are the arrangements for this

For help with funding, if needed, please contact your synod lead worker for youth work (see urc.org.uk/cydos) or email the Children's and Youth Work Office 

Book your place for Youth Assembly here. 

 

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The Crossfire team are bringing back an event which they used to run - a weekend indoor camp for young adults, with a more relaxed feel and an opportunity to explore the theme from main camp in greater depth.

Crossfire Plus is a fellowship opportunity for young adults aged 16+ to explore more about their faith in Jesus Christ through sharing ideas, worship and scripture. Join with us as we learn how we can live out the gospel in our daily lives. Come along in 2019 at Bonsall, Derbyshire from Friday 15th to Sunday 17th November (£15 when booked before 20th September, £25 after). Unlike the main Crossfire camp we won't be camping in November - Bonsall has plenty of indoor accommodation! Find out more and book online at www.crossfirecamp.org.uk 

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Too young for Youth Assembly? Not sure whether Youth Assembly's for you? If you are in Year 7 (S1) or above and no older than 16, you could book to come to our Youth Assembly Taster Day. Held on 25 January, the middle day of the Youth Assembly weekend, this event gives chance to experience some of Youth Assembly without staying for the whole weekend. You will get chance for some fun team building activities to start the day, you will join the other participants for lunch, and you will be able to join in the afternoon's worship and workshops with the rest of the Assembly. 

The price for the day is £25 

If any adults accompanying you to the venue wish to, they may stay for lunch for £8 per person and visit the local arboretum with a guide. 

This is a chance to build friendship, explore faith and have fun, whilst thinking about whether you might come along for the whole weekend next time. 

 The booking form is available here and bookings close on 1 January 2020. Contact the Children's and Youth Work office for any more details. 

Pilots

PILOTS needs you! Could you advocate for Pilots? Are you passionate about the Pilots programme, which has been running in the URC for many years and reaching children and young people both within the church and from outside for several generations? Pilots is looking for a young person or young adult to become a Pilots rep; raising the profile of Pilots nationally and giving encouragement to existing or growing companies. You will represent Pilots as a member of the URC Youth Exec and at Youth Assembly and also attend the Pilots Management Committee three times a year. For more details, contact the Pilots Coordinator.

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