06 July 2013
Methodist Conference hears call for exam stress relief
Following an enthusiastic debate, the Methodist Conference has voted for resolutions calling for better understanding of exam stress faced by young people. The resolutions, brought by the Children and Youth Assembly, also called for space in churches for children and young people to raises issues without fear of being judged.
The Methodist Children and Youth Assembly meets annually as the 3Generate event, which brings together children and young people aged 8-23 from across Great Britain. Time to discuss the Children and Youth Assembly resolutions is then part of the annual Methodist Conference, which is the governing body of the Church.
Two of the resolutions dealt with exam stress, asking the whole Church to be aware of the pressures faced during exam periods; and also that key events for children and young people in the church are not scheduled in the run up to exams.
The resolutions also called for the whole Church to recognise the value in having a space for children and young people raise, discuss and explore important questions without fear of being judged. They also made sure that the voices of young people will heard as the Church discusses human sexuality and understandings of chastity.
Hayley Moss, Methodist Youth President for 2012-13, said: "3Generate is a great time of fun, worship and learning, but these resolutions also show the breadth of serious discussion that goes on. Each generation faces its own challenges, but young Methodists are deeply engaged with the current and future life of the Church."