07 June 2006

Whatever...! Church launches consultation on what young people want

The Methodist Church has launched a major consultation into what young people and children want from the Church and how it can improve its work in this area. The Future Present consultation will run from the summer until November, and children, young people, parents, youth workers and even older people are invited to contribute!

The Revd Jonathan Kerry, Co-ordinating Secretary for Worship and Learning, says, 'we currently work with 168,000 under-18s in church groups, and many more who are not part of groups. We need to make sure we are doing all we can for those young people, as well as those we don't reach at the moment. In recent years there have been many changes affecting children's lives, which gives the Church the challenge of how to adapt what we do.'

The consultation invites people to think about what the Church does for young people, but also why. 'It is all too easy to think that adults know best,' says Jonathan, 'but this often isn't true. We want everyone have his or her say. Young people have a lot of ideas and energy, and we have to include that in what we do.'

Much of the Church's work with children and young people takes place away from the traditional Sunday service. It ranges from parent and toddler groups to working with young offenders, and includes sports clubs, music groups and street pastors.

Copies of the consultation document are available from
www.methodist.org.uk/index.cfm?fuseaction=news.content&cmid=1263, or people can email comments to futurepresent@methodistchurch.org.uk.

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