Sam Taylor elected Methodist Youth President

The Methodist Youth Assembly has elected Sam Taylor as the Church's new Youth President for 2011-2012.

"I am delighted to have been elected as Youth President designate and I am greatly looking forward to starting the role in September," said Sam, following his election at the Youth Assembly last weekend.

Sam, aged 17, is currently studying for his A-Levels and lives in Wellingborough in Northamptonshire. He attends Great Park Street Methodist Church in Nene Valley circuit in the Northampton District. This year he is working as a One Programme Participant (OPP) in a youth project linked to the church, Infuse Youth Cafe. The One Programme gives young people the opportunity to work for a year in their local churches and Districts in creative projects that help to show Jesus to others. "At Infuse, I am running a Cell Group which has seen some amazing growth in young people's faith over the last month or so," said Sam. "I run an event called Worship@Infuse which has been running for nearly two years and has developed enormously in that time. I also look after the Youth Committee, making sure that they are the ones that drive the project forward."

From September 2011, Sam will work part time for one year to serve the young people of the Methodist Church in Britain, making their voices heard and helping them to get more involved in every aspect of Church life. The Youth President is a paid post as part of the Children and Youth Team of the Methodist Church in Britain. Sam said, "I want to focus on empowering young people to be more involved in church life - it has to come from young people if we are going to get more young people coming into the Church. Young people need God in their lives and they need other young people to help them to find God. So the church needs young people at the centre of this, to make sure it is happening, and that the people that need God most are being reached out to."

Sam will succeed current Youth President Christy-Anna Errington. "I'm really pleased Sam will be taking over from me next September," said Christy-Anna. "So far in my year of office I have been focusing on building relationships within the Methodist Church and with outside organisations to find ways of working together more effectively. The resolutions from this year's Youth Assembly have also been very useful in helping me to decide what to focus on for the rest of the year."

This year's Methodist Youth Assembly took place at the PGL Liddington Centre near Swindon from 19 to 21 November. Around 200 young Methodists gathered to make key decisions affecting the life of the Church, with education, sports ministry, and peace in Israel and Palestine on the agenda.

You can find out more about the Youth Assembly at the Generous website (http://methodist.generous.org.uk/) or on the Youth President's Blog (http://www.methodistyouthpres.blogspot.com//).

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