03 November 2006

You are what you eat at Methodist Youth Conference 2006

The Methodist Youth Conference 2006 is heading to Norfolk for debate, worship, entertainment, friendship and food: both nutritional and spiritual. From 17-19 November, the Conference will be at Chapel Field Road Methodist Church in Norwich.

The annual Youth Conference gives young people a chance to raise their ideas and concerns, share in worship and fellowship and support each other in their Christian lives. Any young Methodist from 13 is 25 is welcome to attend and for many, it's a chance to catch up with old friends, make new ones and discuss passionately issues that affect them and the wider church.

Speaking on the theme of this year's Conference, outgoing Youth President Kevin Jones said; 'This year, we're reminding people that 'You are what you eat'. It's more than a comment on our dietary habits Ð it's about thinking more seriously about how we are spiritually 'fed'. Jesus said; 'I am the bread of life' (John 6:35) and we hope that this year's Conference will be an opportunity for young people to be filled with God's spirit and be inspired to go out and make a difference in the world.'

This year, members will discuss plans for a month of prayer for inter faith relations in February next year and issues such as the future of the Youth Conference. Successful resolutions are then taken to the annual Methodist Conference, the governing body of the Church, for further debate and can have a real influence on the life of the Church.

But it's not all business. There will be a formal banquet on the Saturday night with the President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference. During the weekend, representatives can also attend a variety of workshops including creative worship, 'The Mysteries of the Rosary', and a discussion on the Anglican-Methodist Covenant led by Revd Graham James, the Bishop of Norwich.

BBC Voices will be bringing the latest in green screen technology to the Conference to capture representatives' thoughts about the big issues of the day. The Norfolk Council for Voluntary Youth Services will use these to inspire debate among young people about their needs and concerns and to benefit the community. BBC Voices will also be asking 'What makes you happy?' for next year's Comic Relief.

The Conference will end with the induction of the new Methodist Youth President for 2006-7, Rob Redpath. Rob said; 'We live in exciting times! The Methodist Church in Great Britain is starting to change, and for the better. My priority for the year will be exploring the concept of discipleship and the challenges that we face as disciples in the 21st Century. Youth Conference gives the young people of the Church a chance to have their say on what really matters. We're passionate about God, Society and the Church and this is one way that we can make a difference.'

For those who want to join in, it's not too late to sign up; for more information, visit www.mayc.info/yourvoice or call 0207 467 5207.

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