10 October 2002

Methodist Youth Conference prepares to go to Hull

Young people aged 13 to 25 representing the Methodist Church in Britain will converge on Hull Methodist Mission, on the weekend of the 15-17 November, for the annual Methodist Youth Conference.

This year's Youth Conference will have a full agenda including discussions on Human Sexuality and Homophobia, Mental Health, Faith Schools, a review of the Methodist Youth Executive, Holy Communion and the Anglican-Methodist Covenant.

The Youth Conference has gone from strength to strength since it first met seven years ago and is an event of growing significance and influence within the Methodist Church.

The Youth Conference of 2002 will feature a wealth of worship, workshops and business sessions (including time for buzz group discussion). The business sessions provide a forum where the young people can discuss topics, which are important to them and are brought to the conference by the delegates.

Eleanor van Den Bos, Chair of the Youth Conference stated ' I am looking forward to a weekend of fascinating and passionate debate. We have worked hard over the last year to try and re-invent Youth Conference, to make it a place where everyone feels welcome and can have their voice heard. Living as a young Christian in today's society is challenging. I hope that people coming to Youth Conference will be able to share experiences and discuss, as Christians, many of the issues that effect our lives and through this be encouraged in their faith'.

The President of the Methodist Conference, the Rev Ian White and the Vice-President Professor Peter Howdle are among many guests who are to attend the Youth Conference. Professor Howdle will be leading a discussion on The Anglican-Methodist Covenant.

The Sunday morning will also see the inauguration of the incoming National Methodist Youth President, Peter Barley from Hull who takes over from Ellie O'Malley. The new Youth Executive for 2002/2003 will also be sworn into office during worship on the Sunday afternoon.

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