CEYC – 25th April – Leeds – Day Meeting 10am – arrive and welcome from Rebecca Swinson 10.30am – worship led by Caitlin, Beth, Samuel, Becky and Matt 11am – National Youth Strategy debate Rebecca Swinson (RS): Introduction and presentation of the debate. Explained one of the roles of the debate as informing CEYC Synod reps for a potential discussion at Synod. See PowerPoint presentation. Group discussion – 10 minutes on the first set of questions highlighted by the PPT Feedback Charlotte Cook, Norwich: Exams are a huge thing for youth today to deal with. The church should have a more prominent role in helping young people through examination seasons. Peter Ball, National Youth Adviser: Does that mean we shouldn’t support such extensive examining? CCook: No, just promote learning as life experience and give support during exam season. Rebekah Vince, Chichester: The church should focus on promoting self worth within young people. We need emphasis on the importance of community and a sense of purpose for young people. Caitlin Thomson, Carlisle: We’ve experienced a change in role models for young people today – the church existing as a community is particularly important now. James Townsend, York: Church needs to work with existing communities, to look outward and broaden those attracted to youth based church work. Jonny English, Blackburn: Family and community are important. The advent of computer based games means people aren’t outside so much. Edward Keene, Oxford: The decline in activities such as Boys Brigade, simply because of lack of volunteers (not enthusiasm) means a decline in belonging. Becky Jackson, Leicester: The role of church school is important in serving youth and meeting them where they’re at. Hannah Page (HP), Derby: Clubs for most do good to bring people in – looking outward. Dan Butler, Ripon and Leeds: A lot of churches fail to empower the young people already in their churches. Young people fall out of churches because there’s nothing for them. It’s important to break the stigma the church holds for young people. RSwinson: Return to the PPT. Considering the five main points from the Strategy Group session – five minutes - chat on the first aim Feedback JTownsend: Perhaps a website that allows a postcode search for churches – a network for introductions and informing. DButler: Homegroups are incredibly important. Samuel Magorrian, Carlisle: In support of the title, good that it doesn’t say ‘getting young people into church’ but taking Jesus out. CThomson: Religious education in schools can be very important for this. Having appropriate lessons about faith as well as religious is very important. EKeene: Having appropriate members leading schools worship – very important that, whilst good, footholds in schools are used properly. Anna Smith, Liverpool: In the title, conscious that there’s no mention of those with special needs? PBalI: Wonder how many would say they have had life enhancing encounters with God that happened in a church? CCook: In the aim title, ‘Christian faith’ can be taught, but ‘Jesus Christ’ is not taught. I wonder if anyone has had such personal experiences? Matt Crow, Blackburn: Kind of. On the way to Leeds this morning ‘Seek God’ was graffiti’d on the side of a wall – in the midst of dark, dull Manchester it really spoke of where the church should be – in the messy places. JTownsend: Yes, I agree. Though we can’t discount where the church is. My personal faith grew from those active in the church school I went to. We need a balance between institutions and not. RSwinson: Back to PPT. Group discussion – five minutes – second aim Feedback RVince: Yes, but important to have relevant resources on offer. Prayer is an important foundation that the whole church can be involved in. CThomson: Training for youth workers is very important. Blackburn diocese does a good ‘Equipping’ course, Cumbira university does a good course. It’s important that youth workers know the resources available. JEnglish: Resources need to be given more to schools, not just churches. MCrow: Clustering youth work can give the opportunity for better community and broader youth work. We should see vicar shortages in a positive light. JThomson: With youth work budgets being cut we need to start being imaginative. RSwinson: Review the next three aims. Group sessions Feedback Hannah Page, Derby: Getting people onto diocesan Synods and Bishops Council is important. BJackson: Leicester has worked hard and really empowers its young people. We’re voting members of Bishop’s council SMaggorian: Important that the church is publicly supportive of the environment. RSwinson: Any further questions or comments to Peter Ball, Jen or myself. Notices Website Gap Year HE opportunity International Youth Leaders Synod – advert + Synod report DYOs meeting nationally – Nic Sheppard will lobby for us! Lunch Debate: Young people and the recession Jen Bates, Gap year person: Introductions and PPT Group discussions – on Biblical reflections Feedback CCook: ‘worth our salt’ – it’s not about buildings/money/organisations but people – people giving of themselves. JTownsend: Church as a ‘good news’ organisation during the recession RVince: Church community must engage with the problems – ‘never let a good crisis go to waste’ – we must practice what we preach too! DButler: Money comes and money goes – we must have an eternal perspective. RSwinson: The world can re-evaluate where it places its worth JBates: Speech at Synod: a good time to start giving when everyone else is hoarding. Continued PPT Group discussions Feedback JEnglish: Use church buildings appropriately – a good way of giving DButler: Open church bus routes and other ‘giving’ activities MCrow: The 50% in HE targets are stupid; leads to useless degrees; debt for students across the country CThomson: Gap year ventures are good in this time RSwinson: The emotional (non-monetary) side of recession is important. Means anxiety for the future. PBall: One must wonder where on earth all these unemployed people are?! JTownsend: A lot go travelling. JEnglish: My bus route to school (13 miles) is threatened by the credit crunch…if I don’t have it I can’t get to school. And on a part-time job I only cover the fare with £1 to spare so a rise in price isn’t feasible! CThomson: Rise in university costs too. JBates: Education Divison money worries and jobs threatened. Regional Groups and Bible study ASmith: Introduction and PPT Anglican Communion debate RHurley: Introductions to subject and Bishop Clive Bishop Clive: History of the church. Group discussions – What it means to be an Anglican… JTownsend: ‘Fuzzy borders’ are good – Anglicanism is a personal decision EKeene: It has the best of both worlds, being Catholic, and reformed. CCook: The sacraments in the middle sum it up. Some of those asked said they’d like to see the church get a world-wide perspective. It’s important that we’re there for the public services – weddings, baptisms, funerals etc. RHurley: Invites Bishop Clive to talk about the problems in the Anglican Communion. Bishop Clive: Two problems facing the church at the moment: - ordination of women – to a degree, still grappling with - Homosexuality – focussed on Gene Robinson and blessings of civil partnerships. Problems with South American and African Anglicans interfering in other provinces. Archbishop of Canterbury asked for a communion on how a communion should stay together, which led to the Windsor Report. Recommended a moratorium on consecration of openly practicing gay bishops, interventions in other provinces and blessings of homosexual relationships. And, listening and dialogue. And an Anglican Covenant. Current instruments of the Communion are the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Lambeth Conference, the Anglican Consultative Council and the Primates Meeting. ‘It takes a whole church to know the truth.’ RHurley: How long will a Covenant take to pan out? Bishop Clive: The next 3 years will be crucial. It needs something to define itself to other churches with, and a lot of patience. RHurley: Prayers. Closing worship RSwinson: Thank you and goodbye!