There will be a leaders’ gathering alongside The Big Speak Out at Repton School, Derbyshire from 5 to 7 July. This will bea chance for leaders to get refreshed whilst someone else runs the young people’s programme! It is for Pilots leaders and other volunteers who run groups for children and/or young people connected with the United Reformed Church. It should prove an excellent opportunity for networking, for finding out more about the support that the CYW team and Pilots Desk can offer, will see some information being shared about our new programme and should leave you feeling enriched, inspired, resourced and refreshed. For £85 you will have all this plus full board at Repton School. 

Click here to find a booking form for the event. If finance is an issue, please contact the Pilots desk, your synod or the Children's and Youth Work team as appropriate as some support with costs may well be available. 

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Crossfire is a weekend youth Christian camp which is run by GEAR (Group for Evangelism and Renewal in the United Reformed Church in conjunction with URC Youth. It has been running for over 35 year and this year event is being held from 24 to 27 May at Stathern Lodge in Leicestershire. Bookings are now open to young people aged 12 and upwards at a cost of £40, with an Early Bird offer or £30 available until 30 March. And if you don't have your own tent you can arrange to hire one for a nominal fee. 

Its a fun weekend of talks, small group sessions, sung worship led by the Crossfire worship band and fantastic cooked food. Expect a great weekend of learning more about Jesus, fun activities and meeting new people. The main speaker for the event will be Yan Nicholls and you can find out more about him on the website. 

You can find out more and fill in a booking form on the Crossfire website

Through these pages we are able to promote a wide range of events and opportunities which can often prove life-changing or affirming for those who take advantage of them. Read below the reports from our young people and young adults who have been able to participate in various opportunities through URC Children's and Youth Work. 

Quakers Junior Yearly Meeting

Jo represented the URC at the Quaker Junior Yearly Meeting 2018

 

Sandy Nunn

Sandy volunteered at Mission House in Amsterdam in 2018 

Read more: Reports from previous Events and Opportunities

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. 

 

Educational trip to Israel and Palestine September 2019

This was an opportunity for a young person between the age of 18 and 25 to join synod representatives (who could also be under 25s) on an educational visit to Israel and Palestine from 18 to 28 September 2019.

Starpoint Youth Festival in Hungary: July 2019

This opportunity was for two young particpants aged 18 to 34 from the URC  to the upcoming Starpoint Youth Festival which takes place 21-28 July, 2019 (including travel days) in Debrecen. The organisers encourage you to look at news, reports, and even short videos in English from past festivals: http://csillag.reformatus.hu/#starpoint

Youth Assembly Taster Day

The Youth Assembly Taster Day was for those who weretoo young for Youth Assembly or have always wondered what it is all about but were unsure whether it was for them.  It involved a team building activity, prayers, learning a bit about URC Youth and Youth Assembly, and then joining the Assembly for worship, one keynote talk and workshops. 

Making Space 

A URC conference for local church children’s, families and youth workers

For    Those appointed (employed or core volunteer leading this ministry) by local churches working with children and young people within local churches, ecumenical projects, local charities or the wider community.
Aim   To gather together children’s and youth workers for networking, training, listening, inspiration and growing community.

The day included:

Making Space Day Conference Keynote       Space for children to be children and young people to be young people
My Space     Hearing from a variety of local church contexts
Your Space  Reflecting on your context and learning in a variety of ways
Our Space   Sharing, responding, moving forwards

There was also  an optional networking meal on Friday 5 October at 8pm at the Rupert Brooke Wetherspoons pub.

Greenbelt Youth Ambassadors 

2018 was the first time that the URC took a team of eight youth ambassadors aged 16-25 to Greenbelt to represent the URC whilst working in the takeaway tent, leading Cake and Debate, creating videos and social media reports and generally getting a taste of the festival. They now have the role of spreading the message about their experiences across the synods. This opportunity may appear in 2019, when the theme of the festival is Wit and Wisdom. You can read more about the experiences of our Youth Ambassadors on our Good News page.  

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This year's internship applications are now closed. Watch this space if you would be interested in applying for a WCRC internship in 2020. More information can be found on the WCRC website internship page 

Peace and Justice Forum 

The Peace and Justice Forum is an initiative of the four churches to equip, engage and empower young people to be agents of change in their churches and communitie under the umbrella of the Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT)

Abassadors for the forum are 18-25 and have a passion for social justice. This was a two-year role, which including working on brand new resources, receiving training on how to be an effective campaigner and getting the opportunity to engage with decision makers and to be heard.

Crossfire Youth Camp 

Crossfire is an exciting annual event each May for young people in the URC aged 12+ to explore more about faith in Jesus Christ through small groups, teaching, worship and a whole range of fun activities. Watch this space for details of next year's camp . 

To find out more and view a promo video featuring the 2018 camp, visit www.crossfirecamp.org.uk 

The Big Speak Out – residential weekend for 11-18s 

The Big Speak Out was a residential weekend for young people aged 11 to 18 connected to the URC. 

It was held in Nottingham from 6-8 July 2018 and photos and a review of the weekend can be found here as well as on our facebook page (see link in our pages menu). This year's event is advertised on the main events and opportunities pages. 

Junior Yearly Meeting – a Quaker Youth event 

JYM is a residential event which happens alongside the all age Quaker event Yearly Meeting at Friends House, London in May.

What you need to know:

  • The cost of attending is paid for by the URC. This includes fully catered accommodation, return travel to and from Friends House during the event, travel to Friends House on Monday and a packed lunch at Friends House on Monday.
  • As well as being a “Peace Church”, Quaker belief’s and traditions are often distinctive from other denominations, we include information about this in the leaflet About Quakers, it’s helpful if they can read this so that this differences are less of a culture shock.

Further information about Quakers can be found at http://www.yqspace.org.uk/about-quakers  

WCC stewards programme for Central Committee

The World Council of Churches Central Committee meets once every two years, their last meeting being in Geneval in June 2018. 

The World Council of Churches (WCC) Stewards Programme aims to bring together a dynamic and diverse group of 20 young people aged 18-25 from all over the world to act as stewards for the meeting. It is an opportunity for anyone in that age group who is interested in learning more about the worldwide Church and working with fellow young people from across the globe. English is the working language of the programme, and patience, ability to work with people from other countries and cultures, as well as a willingness to work together as a team, are key skills for participants to demonstrate. 

Applications require letters of recommendation from the URC and an ecumenical body.

Mission House – 10 months in Amsterdam 

The Mission House provides an excellent opportunity for eight young people between the ages of 18 and 25, inclusive, to gather together from across Europe to form a community in the heart of Amsterdam. Lasting for ten months, this programme sees participants working in a whole range of church-related voluntary projects, focussing on the needs of the most vulnerable and neglected in society. Watch their website for the new application form to go up in the near future and read more about the work they do. 

Internships 

In the past year internships have been advertised with the Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT) URC General Assembly (next meeting in 2020), the World Council of Reformed Churches and the Methodist One Intern programme 

CWM Training in Mission 

The Council for World Mission (CWM) has been investing in equipping the young people for the ministry and mission of its member churches since 1981, especially through its flagship ‘Training in Mission’ (TIM) Programme. 

Every year, 10-12 participants, aged 18-30, from member churches including the United Reformed Church, are brought together for about seven months of intensive mission training.

Employing an action-reflection model of learning, over 350 young people have so far been changed for life by this magnificent programme, developing a new practical and radical understanding of what witnessing to Christ means. CWM is known for its commitment to mutual encounter, in which peoples and cultures form across the planet meet together to learn from one another. Other events held by CWM and promoted by the URC have included programmes on Mental Health, Migration, Young Women Enabling Transformation  and others. Rreports from these events can be read above. 

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