24 May 2010

Methodist youth to celebrate last Breakout of its kind

This July will see the last Breakout event of its kind, at Cliff College in Derbyshire from 9-11 July.

This year's theme is 'Connect', encouraging young people to connect with God, with each other, and with the world. The programme includes worship, comedy, sports, music, dance and workshops, and the 'well' - a new venue for youth workers to escape, chill out, meet new people and share resources and ideas.

"This is the end of an era," said Mike Seaton, Director of Children and Youth. "Breakout is part of a proud 65-year history of youth festivals, at which we've had a unique opportunity to share the Christian message in a relevant way with tens of thousands of young people. But it is time for something new. We'll be building on the best of Breakout and weaving it into new formats so that the Methodist Church continues to be at the forefront of supporting and engaging young people in life of the Church. This year's Breakout is going to be a massive celebration, a prayerful "thank you" to God and the hundreds of volunteers who've worked hard to make it happen over the years."

The early-bird ticket deal of £65 has now been extended for bookings until 25 June, and those who need financial assistance may be able to apply for funds from their local Methodist circuit or district. For more information the event, or to learn more about the MAYC London Weekend and Breakout, visit www.breakout2010.info.

The Church's Children and Youth Team is now embarking on its new five-year 'Connect' strategy, which will focus on seven key themes: valuing children and young people; thinking, talking and being with God; being 21st Century Church; supporting youth and children's workers; teaching and challenging; participation, and speaking out.

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