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URC Youth is the umbrella title for all those young people and adults who are connected with the URC and fall into the 11 to 25 age bracket.

'Our mission is to discover God, help each other grow in the Christian faith and, though our lives, reflect God's love to all'

URC Youth Assembly

It may not have been possible for Youth Assembly to gather as normal at Whitemoor Lakes this year, but a pandemic does not stop URC Youth. URC Youth (dis)ASSEMBLED was, instead, an online gathering over the weekend of 30 and 31 January 2021 and led into the theme for the year - Heroes and Villains - which will be the basis for an annual programme of events and campaigns on a monthly basis.  

Read all about the weekend's events in this year's URC Youth Assembly Round-up (PDF | 3.3mb) and you can watch the Sunday night worship from the event on our YouTube channel




Each month through the year there will be a range of social media posts, Trialogue broadcasts and Zoom event, as well as suggestions of practical ways that you can make a difference from the comfort of your own home. Keep your eye out on the URC Youth social media channels. Each month there will be a different theme aimed at the 14 to 25 age range. 

  • February - Activism and Advocacy
  • March - Israel and Palestine: conflict in the Holy Land
  • April - Vocation: unearth your inner superhero
  • May - Hostile Environment
  • June - Pride month
  • July - World Church
  • August - Community
  • September - Environment
  • October - Anti-Racism
  • November - Mental Health
  • December - Faith, Hope, Joy 

Each year the URC Youth Assembly brings together a diverse group of under-25s from across Scotland, England and Wales for a weekend of business and fun combined, exploring issues and topics relevant to Church, society and life through workshops, seminars, discussions and creative activitiy.


Due to the current situation and the uncertainty of when things might change, the Youth Executive took the difficult but wise step of cancelling Youth Assembly this year. There will more information at a later date about how some of the important decisions will be made (including finding a way for those for whom this would have been their last Youth Assembly to take part in one more before leaving URC Youth) 

Here is the letter from Reuben (Youth Assembly Moderator) and the Youth Executive explaining more about their decision and the implications of this (131kb | PDF)


YA2020 Induction
Photo: Reuben Watt's induction as Youth Assembly Moderator - with the Revd Nigel Uden, General Assembly Moderator

Due to the impact of Covid-19 on the ability of the Youth Executive to meet together and the necessary decision to change the nature of Youth Assembly for 2021 - with the implications on the viability of elections - it has been decided that Reuben and Jo should continue for a further year as Youth Assembly Moderator and Moderator Elect. 


The URC Youth Executive for 2020 are:

Youth Assembly Moderator: Reuben Watt. Email: urcyamoderator@urc.org.uk

Youth Assembly Moderator Elect: Jo Harris. Email: urcyamodelect@urc.org.uk

Mission Council & General Assembly Representative: Victoria Turner

Northern Synod: Dylan Hall

North Western Synod: In vacancy *

Mersey Synod: Emily Dudley

Yorkshire Synod: Kai Weynberg

East Midlands Synod: Ella Lemon

West Midlands Synod: Esme Ramsden

Eastern Synod: Helen Glasse

South Western Synod: In vacancy *

Wessex Synod: In vacancy *

Thames North Synod: Philippa Osei

Southern Synod: In vacancy *

Synod of Wales: In vacancy *

Synod of Scotland: Morven Sanderson and Beth McDonald

Pilots Representative: Megan Westgarth

Equalities & Diversity Representative: Alanna Hurman

Supported by:

YA Clerk: Nick Booth

Chaplain: Alison Gray

CYDO+ Trainer: Tom Hackett

Head of Children’s & Youth Work: Sam Richards

*Applicants for these posts are welcomed from anyone aged 16-25 connected to a church in the synod or living, studying or working in the synod, or with other links. Please contact children.youth@urc.org.uk.




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