Methodist young people call for support in a challenging world
06 March 2017
Mental health and the pressures of school life are among the
topics that young Methodists have told the Church they would like
support and guidance with.
After gathering at the 3Generate event, attended by more than
500 young people aged 8-23 and their leaders, three manifestos have
been produced highlighting issues concerning young people in the
Methodist Church today which has been backed up with further
Other issues raised include poverty, the refugee crisis and the
positive tackling of extremism.
The manifestoes will be presented to the 2017 Methodist
Conference, taking place in Birmingham in June.
Tim Annan, Youth President of the Methodist Church commented: "The
Methodist Church has a wonderful tradition of actively listening to
its members, including its young people. These statements should
make important reading for all Methodists across the
"Young people are an integral part of the Church today and
these are the issues they are talking about which are affecting us
as Methodist people now.
"The church has an important job in helping people grow in their
faith and to provide the support that we all need to explore and
discuss these issues from a Christian and a Methodist
Penny Fuller, Church and Community Development Co-ordinator,
commented:, "The world can be a very difficult place for people of
all ages to navigate, especially at the moment. Young people don't
just want to understand the world; they want to take an active role
in seeking solutions to its problems.
"Children and young people are calling for the Church to support
them and work with them to make change happen. They are speaking
out about how, as individuals, they want to become 'Agents of
Change' and work alongside the wider Church and their communities
to create a better, fairer world based on Christian and Methodist
3Generate 2017 is going to be held at Pontins Camp in Southport,.
24-26 November 2017. Youth Leaders and Children's workers will be
accompanying and caring for their groups at the event, and
individuals not part of a group will be encouraged to attend with
others from their District.
Full details of the manifestos can be found here
3Generate, the Methodist Children & Youth Assembly, is an
action-packed weekend for hearing the voices of children and young
people across the Methodist Church, focusing on fun, faith and