It was a great pleasure to be invited to the Youth Assembly this year, although not a completely free lunch as I had a few young men and women to induct on the Sunday morning!
As a denomination we should be grateful for what our young people have done for us. Their work in highlighting mental illness and climate change has been exemplary. However, two things were noticeably different to the ‘oldies’ conferences I go to … no cake was provided for afternoon tea, and the jam-packed agenda went on way past midnight – sometimes I’m pleased I’m over 25!
The weekend had a number of highlights for me, the main one being the presence of so many confident and talented young people. Another highlight was meeting Alison Greaves. Alison who attends Bamford Chapel and Norden United Reformed Church in Rochdale is the UK’s sole delegate to the United Nations 2017 Winter Youth Assembly. The event, at UN headquarters from 1 to 3 February, involves 13,000 young people and adults from over 100 countries.
You can read more at: https://www.urc.org.uk/media-news/2290-alison-flies-the-flag-for-uk-youth-at-united-nations.html.
The third highlight was watching Isaac joining in the Orkadian Strip the Willow dance in his electric wheelchair, and thoroughly enjoying himself.
And finally, let me repeat what one young person said; ‘You don’t have to be cool to go and be accepted.’ It is all too easy for events, such as this, to become cliquey and I’m pleased that this event remains open and accepting to all.
God bless URC Youth (because they bless us!).