Who are the Youth Reps and what do they do?
Methodist Conference Reps
- Gemma Curtis (Northampton District)
- Connor Dickens (Manchester & Stockport District)
- Martha Rand (Cumbria District)
The Methodist Church has a big meeting once a year called Methodist Conference. Approximately 300 individuals, who represent different groups of people within Methodism, come together for a week to make decisions about the life of our Church. This could be about things like theology (what we think about God and faith), budgets (how we spend our money), our viewpoints on current social issues and much more. People go to the front and give their view on the different debates and then everyone votes for a decision. There are people representing every Methodist district in Great Britain and people representing different groups within the Church - including Youth Representatives for children and young people. Three are elected at 3Generate every year, aged between 16 to 23.
Methodist Council Reps
- Roxanne Bromley (Lincoln & Grimsby District)
- Michael Pryke (Northamptonshire District)
- Charlotte Hambly (Birmingham District)
Methodist Council is the governing body of the Methodist Church. It's a group of about 60 people, who meet four times a year for a day or two to work on and think about things between Conferences and on behalf of Methodist Conference. They look at what needs to be done to make the Conference decision happen. They hear from, reflect on and respond to staff and groups on how work on those things is going, and make sure that, by the time Conference comes around again, reports can be presented in a way that means that responsible decisions can be made. Currently we have two Methodist Council Youth Representatives. This is a two-year post and the Reps need to be aged 18-23 when they begin their role. The Reps will have to attend six Council meetings over the two years they are in post.
Social Justice Rep
- Mary Sharples (Manchester & Stockport District term time, Bristol District home)
This role will link with the international development charity All We Can, and with the Joint Public Issues Team. Both of these organisations, which partner with the Methodist Church, are concerned with taking action for social justice and helping to improve the lives of people across the world. This is a vital role helping these organisations to hear and respond to the voice of children and young people. It also enables you to champion social justice issues with children and young people in Methodism. As Social Justice Rep you would have the opportunity to attend the Peace and Justice Forum (for 18-25s), which meets twice a year, and would attend other relevant meetings and events for both organisations. The Rep would also be involved in the Agents of Change programme at 3Generate, helping people to explore how they can take action and be a good neighbour.
This is ideally a two-year post for someone aged 18+.
- John Forsdick (Sheffield District term time, Liverpool District home)
- Verity Wild (Yorkshire North & East District term time, Lancashire District home)
Ecumenical means to involve people from different kinds (or 'denominations') of Christian churches (such as the Church of England or United Reformed Church). The 3Generate Ecumenical Representatives are responsible for building relationships with the young people in other churches and talking to youth organisations working in different denominations. This can involve going to events that are similar to 3Generate (if they have them), smaller group meetings or developing the role to encompass other activities.
An "EcRep" will be expected to go to a couple of these events a year, but outside of this is encouraged to find activities that match personal interests. An EcRep represents young Methodists on a national platform and the role does require national travel.
British Youth Council Reps
- Ben Andrews (Sheffield District term time, Chester & Stoke District home)
- Isaac Nketiah-Boateng (Birmingham District)
- James Carver (Nottingham & Derby District)
- James Jenkins (Southampton District)
- Victor Kuyeli (Yorkshire West District)
- Emily Roe (Sheffield District term time, Wales Synod home)
The British Youth Council (BYC) is a charity run by and for young people, which aims to empower youth across the UK to have a say and be heard, influencing and informing the decisions that affect their lives. BYC provides loads of support for young people to get involved with democracy locally, nationally and internationally. The wide variety of opportunities it offers are amazing. Young people who are a part of BYC can lobby parliament, formulate campaigns and go to different meetings and events to have their say and gain understanding and training. Currently we have three Methodist Youth Representatives on the British Youth Council.
- Roxanne Bainbridge (London District)
The 3Generate World Representatives are part of the British World Methodist Committee. This committee meets a couple of times every year, and discusses issues relating to Methodism on a global scale.
A 'World Rep' is also a member of the World Methodist Council (WMC). The Council is an association of 80 member churches all sharing the Methodist tradition. It aims to engage, empower and serve the member churches by encouraging Methodist unity in witness, facilitating mission in the world, and fostering ecumenical and inter-religious activities.
The Council meets at least twice every five years and the World Reps meet people from other member churches. As part of the Council's work, the World Reps may be asked to serve on a sub-committee to engage with specific work of the WMC. This can be based on the Rep's own personal interests.
The World Reps are representing young British Methodists on a global platform. This role therefore does require international travel. Currently we have one World Representative.